HARRISONBURG, Va. - The James Madison University women's golf team, who captured its first Colonial Athletic Association title since 2005, had four players honored for their efforts on the 2013 All-CAA Squads, the league announced today. Junior Ginger Mak and sophomores Shabril Brewer and Maria Andrea Legaspi were named to the first team, while freshman Karishma Thiagaraj was honored on the second team.
Mak led the Dukes in scoring, averaging 76.24 strokes per round in 33 rounds played (ninth best in school history), including five rounds of par or better. She had a team-best .746 winning percentage and a pair of top-10 finishes on the year. Mak's best finish was a tie for ninth at the CAA Championship, as she finished in the top 30 in nine of 11 events this year. For her career, Mak is the all-time Madison scoring leader, averaging 76.11 strokes in 91 career rounds.
Brewer stepped up at the right time, shooting a school record-tying 68 in the second round of the CAA Championships and eventually earned the individual title while leading the Dukes to the CAA crown and the automatic berth in the NCAA Regionals. Brewer was third in scoring average at 77.15 strokes per round, including her victory and two top-10 finishes. Brewer's other top-10 finish was a tie for ninth at the UNCG Starmount Forest Tournament, while also posting three additional top-25 finishes this year.
Legaspi is second on the JMU squad at 76.55 strokes per round in 33 rounds (currently 10th in JMU single-season scoring), with one top-five and a team-best three top-10 individual finishes. The sophomore posted four rounds of par or better, with a low of 70 during the season. Her best finish was a third at the John Kirk/Panther Intercollegiate this spring and also tied for eighth at the Pinehurst Challenge and tied for ninth at the CAA Championship. She finished in the top 35 in nine tournaments and is currently fifth in career scoring at JMU with a 77.59 stroke average in 66 career rounds.
Thiagaraj came in and saw action in 10 of 11 tournaments and 30 rounds, averaging a solid 77.53 strokes per round. She had two rounds of par or better and one top-10 finish and six top-35 results, including four in the spring season. Her season-best finish was a tie for 10th in the Golfweek Division I Program Challenge, while her best spring tournament placing was a tie for 12th at the John Kirk/Panther Intercollegiate.
The Dukes are in Auburn, Ala., for the 2013 NCAA East Regional, being played at the Auburn University Golf Club. The tournament will be a three-day, 54-hole event, starting May 9, with the top eight teams advancing to the NCAA Championship.
2013 Women’s Golf All-CAA First Team
Lori Beth Adams, UNCW, Jr., Burlington, N.C./Western Alamance
Shabril Brewer, James Madison, So., Herndon, Va./Westfield
Shane Crutchfield, Xavier, Fr., St. Petersburg, Fla./St. Petersburg
Maria Andrea Legaspi, James Madison, So., Quezon City, Philippines/St. Paul College-Pasig
Ginger Mak, James Madison, Jr., North Point, Hong Kong/International School of Macao
Tracy Martin, Richmond, Sr., Tyngboro, Mass./Bishop Guertin
2013 Women’s Golf All-CAA Second Team
Caroline Lovette, Richmond, Sr., Davidsville, Pa./Mercersburg Academy
Breanna Patz, Xavier, Sr., Plainfield, Ind./Avon
Courtney Rousse, Richmond, Sr., Holly Springs, N.C./Middle Creek
Karishma Thiagaraj, James Madison, Fr., Haymarket, Va./Battlefield
Mattie Tobey, UNCW, So., Denver, N.C./Texas Tech