STOCKBRIDGE, Ga. - The James Madison women's golf team used their second-lowest round of the year to sit in second place after 36 holes of the 2011 John Kirk Panther , Mar. 21. The tournament, hosted by Georgia State University, is a two-day, 54-hole event at Eagle's Landing Golf Club in Stockbridge, Ga.
After shooting an opening-round 18-over 306 that left them in a tie for ninth place, the Dukes fired a 9-over 297, the second-lowest second round in the field, to finish the day at 27-over 603, three strokes ahead of third-place Michigan. Notre Dame had the lowest score in both rounds Monday, ending the day with a 15-over 591 and a 12-stroke lead over JMU.
Junior Nicole Sakamoto (Honolulu, Hawaii/Kalani) led the way for JMU, shooting a 1-under 71 in her second round to finish the day at 3-over 147 (76-71) in a three-way tie for sixth place. The 71 was Sakamoto's lowest round of the year and the second-lowest single round for any JMU player this year. Freshman Ginger Mak (North Point, Hong Kong/The International School of Macao) was one stroke behind with a 4-over 148 (73-75) in a tie for ninth.
Senior Mary Chamberlain (Dennis, Mass./Suffield Academy) was next for the Dukes, shooting back-to-back rounds of 5-over 77 to finish the day in a tie for 34th at 10-over 154. Senior Catrin Gunnarson (Bankeryd, Sweden/Sanda Gymnasiet) shot a 14-over 158 (80-78) to finish in a tie for 46th, while junior Valentina Sanmiguel (Bogota, Colombia/Gimasio La Montana) finished up the scoring for JMU by dropping 13 strokes from her first round to her second and ending her day with a 17-over 161 (87-74) to sit in a tie for 59th.
Becaa Huffer of Notre Dame finished her first 36 holes at 3-under 141 to take a three-stroke lead over Jessie Hollandsworth of Maryland and Mitsuki Katahira of Daytona State, who both shot even-par rounds of 72 on the day.
The Dukes will begin their final round tomorrow morning at 9:00 and will tee off with Notre Dame and Michigan. The third round will be a shotgun start.