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WOMEN’S GOLF SLIPS TO TENTH AT JMU/EAGLE LANDING INVITATIONAL
Courtesy:JMUSports.com Release:03/12/2011
Courtesy: Cathy Kushner/JMU Athletics Communications
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ORANGE PARK, Fla. - The James Madison women's golf team improved on their first round score, but still fell a spot in the standings, finshing the second round in sole possession of 10th place at the 2011 JMU/Eagle Landing Invitational. The three-day, 54-hole event is being hosted by JMU at the Eagle Landing Golf Club in Orange Park, Fla.

     The Dukes shot a 16-over 304 on the tournament's second day of competition, a five-stroke improvement over Friday's 309, to end up two strokes behind ninth-place UNC Greensboro at 37-over 613. Chattanooga continued their fantastic play, shooting a 3-under 285 to end the day at 5-over 581 and 13 strokes ahead of second-place East Carolina.

     The Dukes did their best to take advantage of warm and clear conditions on Saturday, a stark contrast from Friday's blustery first round. Freshman Ginger Mak (North Point, Hong Kong/The International School of Macao) remained the leader for JMU by shooting her second 3-over 75 is as many rounds to end the day at 6-over 150 and in a tie for 23rd. After firing a 4-under 32 on the front nine, junior Nicole Sakamoto (Honolulu, Hawaii/Kalani) ended her day at 1-over 73 to notch the Dukes' best effort of the round. Sakamoto moved up into a tie for 34th with a 9-over 153 for the tournament.

     Senior Mary Chamberlain (Dennis, Mass./Suffield Academy) also sits tied at 34th with Sakamoto at 9-over 153 after carding a 5-over 77. Senior Laura Mesa (Manizales, Columbia/Colegio Granadino) dropped three strokes from her first round, shooting a 7-over 79 to end the day at 17-over 161 and tied for 81st. Freshman Sara Stanley (Chantilly, Va./Westfield) carded a 15-over 87 to finish her second round in 92nd with a 21-over 165.

     Playing as an individual, junior Valentina Sanmiguel (Bogota, Colombia/Gimasio La Montana) dropped seven strokes off her first-round score to fire a 2-over 74 and end the day tied for 49th at 11-over 155. Senior Catrin Gunnarson (Bankeryd, Sweden/Sanda Gymnasiet), also playing as an individual competitor, improved her score nine strokes to finish with a 4-over 76 and is now tied for 81st at 17-over 161.

     Christine Wolf of Chattanooga fired a tournament-record 6-under 66 to take the lead at 3-under 141. Wolf leads four competitors who are tied for second, including first-round leader Briana Carlson, by five strokes.

     The Dukes will begin their final round tomorrow from the 10th hole at 8:08 a.m., playing with Longwood and Kennesaw State. Live scoring for the event is available here.
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