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Women's Golf in Fourth After 36 Holes at UNCW Lady Seahawk Classic
Courtesy:JMUSports.com Release:04/04/2011
Courtesy: Cathy Kushner/JMU Athletics Communications
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WALLACE, N.C. - The James Madison women's golf team battled powerful winds and fast greens to shoot a 47-over 623 through two rounds, good enough for sole possession of fourth place at the 2011 UNCW Lady Seahawk Classic, April 4. The two-day, 54-hole tournament is being hosted by UNC Wilmington at River Landing Golf Club (par 72/6,011 yards) in Wallace, N.C.

After shooting a first-round 27-over 315, the Dukes improved more than any other team on their way to a second-round 20-over 308. JMU sits in fourth, just one stroke behind third-place Elon. East Carolina shot a six-over 294, the lowest of the tournament, in the first round en route to a 27-over 603 and a 13-stroke lead over second-place Old Dominion.

Senior Catrin Gunnarson (Bankeryd, Sweden/Sanda Gymnasiet) leads the way for the Dukes with back-to-back rounds of 3-over 75, tying for her season low in a single round, to sit in a tie for second with Old Dominion's Elizabeth Haycock at 6-over 150. The pair is just two strokes behind East Carolina's Fanny Wolte, the individual leader through 36 holes at 3-over 148.

Freshman Ginger Mak (North Point, Hong Kong/The International School of Macao) is next for the Dukes, recovering from an 8-over 80 in her first round to finish the day at 11-over 155 and tied for ninth place with Elon's Tara McFadden.  Junior Nicole Sakamoto (Honolulu, Hawaii/Kalani) was just one stroke behind at 12-over 156 and in sole possession of 11th place.

Senior Laura Mesa (Manizales, Columbia/Colegio Granadino) shot a 9-over 81 in both her rounds Monday to finish at 18-over 162 and in a tie for 34th. Senior Mary Chamberlain (Dennis, Mass./Suffield Academy) was the final scoring Duke, carding a 20-over 164 and is currently tied for 44th.

Playing as an individual, junior Valentina Sanmiguel (Bogota, Colombia/Gimasio La Montana) shot 21-over 165 in her first two rounds to be in sole possession of 46th place.

Tomorrow morning's final round will begin with a shotgun start at 8:45 a.m. The Dukes will tee off on holes 4-7, playing with Longwood and UNC Greensboro.
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