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Merch Madness
Courtesy:JMUSports.com Release:02/22/2011
Courtesy: Cathy Kushner/JMU Athletics Communications
KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. - The James Madison women's golf team recovered from a tough second round and shot a 17-over 305 to move up a spot in the standings and finish 10th at the 2011 Kiawah Island Classic, Feb. 20-22. The three-day, 54-hole tournament was hosted by the College of Charleston at the Cougar Point and Oak Point Golf Courses in Kiawah Island, S.C.

The Dukes began the final round in 11th place and finished their day at 916, just one stroke behind ninth-place Elon and two behind eighth-place Central Arkansas. Miami delivered the low round of the tournament, shooting a 7-over 295 on the last 18 holes to claim the team championship at 24-over 888 (296-297-295). The Hurricanes finished nine strokes ahead of second-place finisher Campbell at 33-over 897 (299-301-297) and 13 strokes ahead of Florida International, who ended the tournament in third place at 37-over 901 (298-303-300).

Senior Mary Chamberlain (Dennis, Mass./Suffield Academy) was JMU's top finisher, matching her second-round effort with a six-over 78 to finish the tournament tied for 19th at 9-over 225 (69-78-78), her first top-20 placing of the year. Freshman Ginger Mak (North Point, Hong Kong/The International School of Macao) continued her consistent play in Kiawah Island by shooting a 78 to finish tied for 33rd at 12-over 228 (76-74-78). Senior Laura Mesa (Manizales, Columbia/Colegio Granadino) had the Dukes' best final round with a 2-over 74 that landed her in a tie for 39th at 14-over 230 (75-81-74). Junior Nicole Sakamoto (Honolulu, Hawaii/Kalani) rebounded from Monday's round with a 3-over 75 that took her into a tie for 76th at 20-over 236 (76-85-75), while the final JMU competitor, junior Valentina Sanmiguel (Bogota, Colombia/Gimasio La Montana) tied for 104th after shooting a 12-over 84 and finishing at 26-over 242 (76-82-84).

The Dukes will be back on the course March 6-7, 2011 at the SunTrust Gator Women's Golf Invitational in Gainesville, Fla.

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