AUBURN, Ala. – The James Madison women’s golf team remain in 22nd place after the second round of the 2013 NCAA East Regional. The three-day, 54-hole tournament is being played at the Auburn University Club (Par 72 – 6,259 yards) in Auburn, Ala.
The Dukes shot a 17-over 305, 11 strokes better than the previous round score of 316 and two strokes under the team's 307.6 average. Sophomore Nikola Wessels (Muenster, Germany/Marienschule Muenster) junior Ginger Mak (North Point, Hong Kong/The International School of Macao) were the top players for JMU in the second round at 1-over 73. Wessels shot a season-low 73, with three birdies on the round, and is tied for 56th at 6-over 150. Mak was 2-over through five holes, but was a solid 1-under the next 13 holes and improved six strokes between the first and second rounds and is currently tied for 74th at 8-over 152.
Sophomore Maria Andrea Legaspi (Quezon City, Philippines/St. Paul College-Pasig) fell back five strokes on the last six holes to finish 6-over 78 and is in a tie for 99th at 13-over 157. Freshman Karishma Thiagaraj (Haymarket, Va./Battlefield) is next after a 9-over 81 put her in a tie for 113th at 18-over 162, while sophomore Shabril Brewer (Herndon, Va./Westfield) wrapped up the day for the Dukes at 10-over 82 and is in a tie for 118th at 20-over 164.
Defending national champion Alabama currently is 1-2-3 on the leaderboard, ending the day 11-under 277 and the current team leader at 22-under 554 through 36-holes. Stephanie Meadow holds the lead, posting a 6-under 66 for the round and 10-under 134 overall. Jennifer Kirby, shot 6-under 66, and Emma Talley, who recorded a 1-under 71, are tied for second four shots back at 6-under 138. Tulane’s Madison Opfer moved from ninth to a tie for fourth at 5-under 139. Kelly Shon, an individual entry from Princeton, holds the tie with Opfer after jumping from 14th to a tie for fourth.
No. 20 Tulane is in secondnd place and only other team with Alabama under par at 8-under 568. No. 5 Arkansas is tied at 1-over 577 with No. 17 Oklahoma State. Rounding out the top five, No. 23 Texas is at 4-over 580. The top eight teams and two individuals on non-advancing teams from each regional move on to the NCAA Championships.
JMU will go off in the second wave tomorrow afternoon, teeing off No. 10 starting at 12:10 p.m. CDT and playing with Alabama State and Eastern Kentucky.