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Courtesy:JMUSports.com Release:03/06/2011
Courtesy: JMUSports.com
GAINESVILLE, Fla. - The James Madison women's golf team sits in 14th place after playing two rounds Sunday, March 6 at the 2011 SunTrust Gator Women's Invitational. The two-day, 54-hole tournament, hosted by the University of Florida, is being played at the Mark Bostick Golf Course in Gainesville, Fla.

After a 27-over 307 in the morning round, the Dukes shot a 32-over 312 in their second 18 holes to finish the day at 59-over 619. JMU currently sits nine shots behind 13th-place Kent State and 10 shots behind 12th-place Augusta State. Florida, the tournament's host, holds a commanding lead after shooting an even-par 280 in their first round and following it up with a 12-over 292. The Gators' mark of 572 holds a 17-stroke lead over second-place Florida State, who finished its opening day at 29-over 589.

Georgia State's Charlotte Lorentzen surged into the lead after her 6-under 64 left her with a 2-under 138 going into the final round. Lorentzen holds a 1-stroke lead over second-place Vicky Villanueva of Ohio State and a three-stroke advantage over third-place Hannah Thompson from Florida State.

Junior Nicole Sakamoto (Honolulu, Hawaii/Kalani) led the way for the Dukes in both rounds, shooting a 9-over 149 (74-75) to end her day in a tie for 23rd. Freshman Ginger Mak (North Point, Hong Kong/The International School of Macao) was next for JMU after her 14-over 154 (75-79) left her in a tie for 44th.

Senior Mary Chamberlain (Dennis, Mass./Suffield Academy) was the only player for the Dukes to improve from her first round to her second, firing a 9-over 79 in her first 18 holes and ending the day with a 7-over 77 to finish in a tie for 54th. Senior Catrin Gunnarson (Bankeryd, Sweden/Sanda Gymnasiet) shot a 20-over 160 (79-81) to finish tied for 68th, while senior Laura Mesa (Manizales, Columbia/Colegio Granadino) fired a 21-over 161 (79-82) to come in tied for 73rd.

Tomorrow's final round will begin with a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. The Dukes will play with Kent State and UNC Greensboro.
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