Mak, Sakamoto Earn All-CAA Yearly Honors
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RICHOND, Va., May 18, 2011 - Freshman Ginger Mak (North Point, Hong Kong/The International School of Macao) and junior Nicole Sakamoto (Honolulu, Hawaii/Kalani), members of the James Madison women's golf team, were both recognized with All-Colonial Athletic Association honors, announced by the CAA Wednesday.
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Mak was named the 2011 CAA Rookie of the Year and was voted to the All-CAA First Team as selected by the league's coaches. Sakamoto was named to the All-CAA Second Team, the second year in a row she has earned All-Conference honors.
In her first collegiate season, Mak posted five top-20 finishes, including a third-place finish in the CAA Championships after shooting an 8-over 224. The freshman shot a season-low 6-over 222 at the Mercedes-Benz Women's Championship en route to a tie for 30th at the difficult fall tournament. She also shot a season-low 1-over 73 on three different occasions. She finished the season with a scoring average of 76.20 in nine tournaments, the fifth-lowest in program history and the lowest ever by a freshman.
Sakamoto played in all 10 tournaments as a junior, the only JMU player to do so in 2010-11. She ended the year by shooting a 7-over 223 at the CAA Championships to earn runner-up honors in the final tournament of the year. The junior fired a season-low 1-under 71 in the second round of the John Kirk/Panther Intercollegiate on her way to finishing tied for seventh, the second of her three top-10 finishes on the year. Sakamoto finished her season with a scoring average of 76.82, good for 10th in program history. She also boasts a career scoring average of 76.68, the lowest in program history.
Georgia State junior Charlotte Lorentzen was selected as the CAA Women's Golfer of the Year for the second consecutive season, while Cindy Ho of UNC Wilmington was named CAA Coach of the Year.
2011 ALL-CAA WOMEN'S GOLF HONORS
Golfer of the Year: Charlotte Lorentzen, Georgia State
Rookie of the Year: Ginger Mak, James Madison
Coach of the Year: Cindy Ho, UNC Wilmington
First Team All-CAA
Player, School, Elig., Hometown/High School
Charlotte Guilleux, Georgia State, Jr.Stockbridge, Ga./New Creation Center
Sofia Hagsund, UNC Wilmington, Jr., Landskrona, Sweden/Allvar Gullstrandgymnasiet
Elizabeth Haycock, Old Dominion, Fr., Birmingham, England/St. George's
Charlotte Lorentzen, Georgia State, Jr., Soroe, Denmark/Soroe Akademi
Ginger Mak, James Madison, Fr., North Point, Hong Kong/International School of Macao
Second Team All-CAA
Emily Gimpel, William & Mary, Fr., Lafayette Hill, Pa./Mount Saint Joseph Academy
Laverry Kumar, UNC Wilmington, Fr., New Dehli, India/Pendleton
Samantha Morrell, Old Dominion, So., North Kingstown, R.I./North Kingstown
Breanna Patz, Xavier, So., Plainfield, Ind./Avon
Nicole Sakamoto, James Madison, Jr., Honolulu, Hawaii/Kalani