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Nicole Sakamoto shot a 1-over 73 and tied for 13th with teammate Ginger MakCourtesy: Cathy Kushner/JMU Athletics Communications
Women's Golf Ties For Eighth at Lady Pirate Intercollegiate
Courtesy:JMUSports.com Release:10/11/2011

GREENVILLE, N.C. - Putting together one of the better final rounds of the tournament, the James Madison women's golf team moved up one spot and finished tied for eighth at the 2011 Lady Pirate Intercollegiate, Oct. 10-11. The two-day, 54-hole tournament, hosted by East Carolina University, was played at Greenville Country Club (Par 72 - 6,056 yards) in Greenville, N.C.

Under challenging conditions and pin placements, the Dukes managed to tie for the sixth-best final round with a 16-over 304 and finished at 42-over 906 (307-295-304) in a tie with Furman. Maryland took the team title after shooting  3-over 291 in the final round to post a 15-over 291, three shots ahead of runner-up Georgia State at 882 and eight shots ahead of host East Carolina in third at 887. UNC Greensboro was fourth at 890, with UNC Wilmington completing the top five at 898.

JMU was led by sophomore Ginger Mak and senior Nicole Sakamoto, who tied for 13th at 5-over 221. Sakamoto had the low round of the day for Madison, firing a 1-over 73, while Mak posted a 4-over 76 in the final 18.  Freshman Maria Andrea Legaspi tied for 41st at 13-over 229 after a final round 4-over 76, while senior Valentina Sanmiguel tied for 66th at 19-over 235. Freshman Nikola Wessels improved her score for the third straight round, shooting 80 in the last 18 and finishing at 32-over 246 in a tie for 91st. Playing individually, freshman Shabril Brewer shot an 11-over 83 in the final round.

Old Dominion's Samantha Morrell took the medalist honors with a 4-under 212 in the 54-hole event, defeating four players by a single shot.

The Dukes will wrap up their fall slate when they take the course Fri.-Sun., Oct. 28 - 30 at the Lady Paladin Invitational. The 54-hole tournament, hosted by Furman University, will be played at the Furman University Golf Course in Greenville, S.C.

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