GREENVILLE, S.C. - The James Madison women's golf team struggled in the first round and is tied for 11th after the first round of the 2011 Lady Paladin Invitational, Oct. 28. The three-day, 54-hole tournament is being played at the Furman University Golf Course (Par 72 - 6,160 yards) in Greenville, S.C.
Madison couldn't find a rhythm in the challenging conditions and shot a 40-over 328 and is tied with Appalachian State for 11th. East Tennessee State is the opening round leader at 20-over 308, six shots ahead of Georgia State in second at 26-over 314, with South Florida (315), Samford (316) and Longwood (317) close behind.
JMU was led by senior Nicole Sakamoto, who shot a 6-over 78 and is tied for 17th. Sophomore Ginger Mak is next at 8-over 80, currently tied for 28th. Freshman Shabril Brewer shot a 12-over 84 and is tied for 53rd while freshman Nikola Wessels is tied for 61st after posting a 14-over 86. Freshman Maria Andrea Legaspi was the final JMU player in the team effort, as she is tied for 70th at 16-over 88. Freshman Katrina Aducci, playing as an individual, is currently 81st after a 31-over 103. East Tennessee State's Sian Evans is the opening-round leader at 3-over 75, one shot better than Natalie Mitchell of Samford.
The Dukes will be going off the No. 1 tee, starting at 9 a.m. on Saturday and playing with Wofford and Appalachian State.