WOMEN’S GOLF TIED FOR NINTH AT JMU/EAGLE LANDING INVITATIONAL
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PARK, Fla. - The James Madison women's golf team overcame a blustery first day
at the 2011 JMU/Eagle Landing Invitational to end the day in a tie for ninth,
just six strokes out of second place. The Dukes are hosting the three-day,
54-hole event at Eagle Landing Golf Club in Orange Park, Fla.
Courtesy: Cathy Kushner/JMU Athletics Communications
JMU shot a 21-over 309 on the day to finish tied with Illinois, one stroke
behind defending champion South Florida, who sits in sole possession of
eighth. Chattanooga shot an 8-over 296
in their opening round to lead by seven strokes over second-place Stetson and eight
strokes over third-place East Carolina. The teams from second to ninth place
are separated by just six strokes.
After shaking off some front-nine jitters, the Dukes combined to shoot just
4-over par on the back nine, with senior Mary
Chamberlain (Dennis, Mass./Suffield Academy), freshman Ginger Mak (North Point, Hong Kong/The International School of
Macao) and junior Nicole Sakamoto
(Honolulu, Hawaii/Kalani) all shooting even-par. Mak led the way with a 3-over
75 (39-36) and now sits in a tie for 13th, while Chamberlain is one stroke
behind at 4-over 76 (40-36) in a tie for 19th.
Freshman Sara Stanley (Chantilly,
Va./Westfield) had the Dukes' best front nine before finishing with a 6-over 78
(38-40) and is tied for 38th. Sakamoto was next, firing
an 8-over 80 (44-36) to end up tied for 57th, while senior Laura Mesa (Manizales, Columbia/Colegio Granadino) finished in a
tie for 79th after shooting a 10-over 82 (42-40).
Competing as an individual, junior Valentina
Sanmiguel (Bogota, Colombia/Gimasio La Montana) ended her first day in a
tie for 68th with a 9-over 81 (41-40). Senior Catrin Gunnarson (Bankeryd, Sweden/Sanda Gymnasiet) is tied for
88th after shooting an 13-over 85 (41-44), also as an individual competitor.
Briana Carlson of Florida Gulf Coast birdied the final two holes to finish at
2-under 70 and take sole possession of the lead. Carlson sits one stroke ahead
of Courtney Taylor of UNC Greensboro and Stetson's Mallory Vierra, both of whom
fired 1-over 71s.
The Dukes will tee off on the first hole tomorrow at 8:08 with Miami and South
Florida. Live scoring for the event is available here.