Women's Golf Finishes Fourth at CAA Championship
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PINEHURST, N.C. - Despite placing two competitors in the top three, the James Madison Women's Golf team finished in fourth place Sunday at the 2011 CAA Women's Golf Championships. The three-day, 54-hole tournament was hosted at Pinehurst No. 6 in Pinehurst, N.C., April 22-24.
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The Dukes, who entered the day in a tie for second, shot a 21-over 309 Sunday morning to slip into fourth at 926, just one stroke behind third-place Xavier, who began the day in first place. UNC Wilmington, after entering the day in fourth place and three shots off the lead, fired a tournament-low round of 11-over 299 to capture the team championship with a 54-hole total of 917, five strokes clear of runner-up Georgia State at 922.
Junior Nicole Sakamoto (Honolulu, Hawaii/Kalani) led the Dukes by firing a 1-over 73 Sunday morning, her best round of the tournament. Sakamoto finished at 7-over 223 to earn her second consecutive runner-up finish at the CAA Championship. Freshman Ginger Mak (North Point, Hong Kong/The International School of Macao) also earned a top-five finish in her first-ever CAA Championship, finishing in third place at 8-over 224. Mak shot a 2-over 74 in her final round to finish one stroke behind her teammate. Both Sakamoto and Mak were named to the CAA All-Tournament Team.
Senior Laura Mesa (Manizales, Columbia/Colegio Granadino) shot an 11-over Sunday morning to finish in a tie for 23rd at 23-over 239. Senior Catrin Gunnarson (Bankeryd, Sweden/Sanda Gymnasiet) fired a 10-over 82 to wrap up her tournament at 27-over 243 in sole possession of 29th, while senior Mary Chamberlain (Dennis, Mass./Suffield Academy) rounded out the Dukes' competitors at 30-over 246 and tied for 33rd.
After beginning the day tied for second with Sakamoto and Mak, Charlotte Guilleux of Georgia State shot an even-par round of 72 to capture the individual title with a score of 6-over 222. Guilleux's final round was the lowest round of the CAA Championship.