MIAMI, Fla. - The James Madison women's golf team improved by 29 shots in its second round and moved up two spots to 13th through 36 holes of the 2012 Hurricane Invitational, March 5. Hosted by the University of Miami, the two-day, 54-hole tournament is being played at Deering Bay Yacht and Country Club (Par 71 - 6,017 yards) in Miami, Fla.
In the morning 18, the Dukes struggled to a 53-over 337 with only one player able to shoot below 80, leaving the squad in 15th one shot ahead of Florida Gulf Coast. Madison rebounded with a solid afternoon in tough conditions, shooting a 24-over 308 to post a 36-hole total of 77-over 645, with all five players improving over their morning scores. Host Miami is the two-round leader at 29-over 597, eight shots ahead of No. 16 Ohio State in second at 37-over 605. Kennesaw State is third at 41-over 609, with Georgia State one shot back in fourth at 42-over 610. Campbell completes the top-five teams at 51-over 619.
Sophomore Ginger Mak (North Point, Hong Kong/The International School of Macao) leads the JMU effort as she is tied for third at 5-over 147 (76-71) with Georgia State's Charlotte Lorentzen (ranked 47th by Golfstat) and Miami's Rika Park. Mak's total includes a tournament-best second round score of even-par 71, tying a career low score set earlier this year.
Senior Nicole Sakamoto (Honolulu, Hawaii/Kalani) was next for the Dukes in a tie for 51st at 19-over 161 (85-76), improving nine shots between rounds with a 5-over 76 in the second 18. Freshman Maria Andrea Legaspi (Quezon City, Philippines/St. Paul College-Pasig) is tied for 68th at 25-over 167 (85-82) with fellow freshman Shabril Brewer (Herndon, Va./Westfield) in a tie for 76th at 29-over 171 (91-80) after improving 11 shots with a second round 9-over 80. Freshman Nikola Wessels (Muenster, Germany/Marienschule Muenster) is 82nd at 36-over 178 (97-81), clipping 16 shots off her first round with a 10-over 81 in the afternoon. Campbell's Brooke Bellomy is the leader at 2-over 144, two shots better than Ohio'State's Amy Meier and three ahead of the group including Mak in third.
JMU will be going off No. 13, 14 and 15 in the final round, 8 a.m. shotgun start on Tuesday, March 6, playing with Boston College and Princeton. Following this tournament, the Dukes will travel to Orange Park, Fla., to host the 2012 JMU/Eagle Landing Invitational at Eagle Landing Golf Club, Fri.-Sun., March 9-11.