JMU WOMEN'S GOLF PLACES EIGHTH AT LADY PALADIN INVITATIONAL
GREENVILLE, S.C. - The James Madison women's golf team rebounded with a solid round and moved up three spots to finish eighth at the 2010 Lady Paladin Invitational, Oct. 29-31. The three-day, 54-hole tournament was played at the Furman University Golf Course (Par 72 - 6,199 yards) in Greenville, S.C.
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JMU fought back in the final round with its best round of the tournament and tied for the third-best final 18 score with a 308 to move up three spots in the final standings at 952 (316-328-308). Chattanooga claimed the team title by 14 shots with a 915, with Georgia State finishing second at 929. Nova Southeastern, the top-ranked D-II school, placed third at 933, with Longwood (937) and host Furman (939) rounding out the top five squads.
The Dukes were led by junior Nicole Sakamoto (Honolulu, Hawaii/Kalani) with her first top-10 finish of the fall with a 15-over 231 to tie for eighth. Freshman Ginger Mak (Hong Kong, China) also had a top-20 finish by posting a team-best 1-over 73 in the final round to move up to 13th one shot back at 232. Senior Laura Mesa (Manizales, Colombia/Colegio Granadino) was next in 59th at 246, one shot ahead of junior teammate Catrin Gunnarsson (Bankeryd, Sweden/Sanda Gymnasiet) in a tie for 60th at 247. Freshman teammate Sara Stanley (Chantilly, Va./Westfield) finished out the team scoring in a tie for 76th at 253. Playing as an individual, senior Mary Chamberlain (Dennis, Mass./Suffield Academy) tied for 34th at 239. Nova Southeastern’s Sandra Changkija edged Charlotte Lorentzen of Georgia State on the second hole of a sudden death playoff for her second straight Lady Paladin Invitational title after both finished at 223 through 54 holes.
The Dukes have wrapped up the fall portion of the 2010-11 schedule and will be back on the course on Sun.-Tue., Feb. 20-22, 2011 at the Kiawah Island Invitational in Kiawah Island, S.C.