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Women's Golf Climbs into Tie for Second After Two Rounds at CAA Championship
Courtesy:JMUSports.com Release:04/23/2011
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PINEHURST, N.C. - The James Madison Women's Golf team dropped seven strokes from their first-round score en route to shooting a second-round 17-over 305 Saturday morning at the 2011 CAA Women's Golf Championships. The three-day, 54-hole tournament is being played at Pinehurst No. 6 in Pinehurst, N.C.

The Dukes are tied for second with top-seeded Georgia State at 41-over 617, just two strokes behind Xavier, who shot a 14-over 302 to seize the Saturday-afternoon lead at 39-over 615. Xavier's second round was the lowest of the tournament so far.

Freshman Ginger Mak (North Point, Hong Kong/The International School of Macao) led the Dukes on Saturday, playing bogey-free golf over her last eight holes to finish with a 1-over 73 and in a tie for second at 6-over 150. Mak's second-round score is currently tied for the lowest of the tournament and leaves her just two shots behind the leader. It was also tied for the lowest single round of the freshman's collegiate career.

Junior Nicole Sakamoto (Honolulu, Hawaii/Kalani) is one of three competitors tied for second with Mak at 6-over 150 after shooting a 2-over 74 Saturday morning. Senior Laura Mesa (Manizales, Columbia/Colegio Granadino) was next with a 4-over 76 and sits in a tie for 17th at 12-over 156 heading into Sunday's final round.

Senior Catrin Gunnarson (Bankeryd, Sweden/Sanda Gymnasiet) fired a 10-over 82 and is tied for 25th at 17-over 161, while senior Mary Chamberlain (Dennis, Mass./Suffield Academy) shot  12-over 84 and is in sole possession of 38th at 22-over 166.

After entering the day with a share of the lead, Caroline Sweet of William & Mary fired a 3-over 75 to maintain the top spot at 4-over 148. Sweet holds a two-stroke lead over a group of four golfers that includes Mak, Sakamoto, Charlotte Guilleux of Georgia State and Jillian Fraccola of Richmond.

The Dukes will play their final round Sunday morning, teeing off of the first hole beginning at 8:45 and will be playing with Xavier and Georgia State. Live stats are available here.
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