PINEHURST, N.C. - The James Madison women's golf team shot a first-round 24-over 312 Friday morning at the 2011 CAA Women's Golf Championships and sits in a tie for fourth place, just five strokes off the lead. The three-day, 54-hole tournament is being played at Pinehurst No. 6 in Pinehurst, N.C.
The Dukes are currently tied for fourth with UNC Wilmington, while top-seeded Georgia State leads the tournament after firing a 19-over 307 in their first round. The Panthers are just two strokes ahead of Old Dominion and Richmond, who are tied for second at 21-over 309.
Jillian Fraccola of Richmond and Caroline Sweet of William & Mary cling to a one-stroke lead after shooting matching rounds of 1-over 73 Friday.
Junior Nicole Sakamoto (Honolulu, Hawaii/Kalani) led the way for the Dukes after shooting a 4-over 76 on her first day, good enough for a tie for eighth. Freshman Ginger Mak (North Point, Hong Kong/The International School of Macao) sits just one stroke behind her teammate at 5-over 77 and in a tie for 11th.
Senior Catrin Gunnarson (Bankeryd, Sweden/Sanda Gymnasiet) was next for the Dukes, finishing her day at 7-over 79 and in a tie for 18th, while senior Laura Mesa (Manizales, Columbia/Colegio Granadino) was a stroke behind in a tie for 21st with an 8-over 80. Senior Mary Chamberlain (Dennis, Mass./Suffield Academy) checked in as the final Duke at 10-over 82 in a tie for 28th.
The Dukes will play their second round tomorrow morning, weather permitting. They are scheduled to tee off No. 1 beginning at 8:00 and will be playing with UNC Wilmington.