MIAMI, Fla. - In blustery conditions with the wind gusting up to 35 mph, the James Madison women's golf team moved up two more spots in the final round and finished 11th at the 2012 Hurricane Invitational, March 5-6. Hosted by the University of Miami, the two-day, 54-hole tournament was played at Deering Bay Yacht and Country Club (Par 71 - 6,017 yards) in Miami, Fla.
Starting the day in 13th through two rounds, the Dukes posted a 35-over 319 on the tough final day, tying for the fifth-best third round and finishing with a 54-hole score of 964 . No. 16 Ohio State and host Miami tied for the top team honors at 66-over 918, with Ohio winning the playoff on the second sudden-death hole. Georgia State was third at 74-over 926, with Kennesaw State (76-over 928) and Campbell (77-over 929) finishing off the top five teams.
Sophomore Ginger Mak (North Point, Hong Kong/The International School of Macao) led JMU with a runner-up finish at 7-over 220 (76-71-73), one shot behind medalist and reigning CAA Player of the Year Georgia State's Charlotte Lorentzen (ranked 47th by Golfstat) at 219. Mak's total includes a tournament-best second round score of even-par 71, tying a career low score set earlier this year, while her three-round total of 220 was a career best and ties for the ninth best in school history. It was also her top individual finish of her collegiate career.
Senior Nicole Sakamoto (Honolulu, Hawaii/Kalani) was next for the Dukes in a tie for 51st at 31-over 244 (85-76-83). Freshman Maria Andrea Legaspi (Quezon City, Philippines/St. Paul College-Pasig) tied for 62nd at 36-over 249 (85-82-82) with fellow freshman Shabril Brewer (Herndon, Va./Westfield) tying for 70th at 39-over 252 (91-80-81). Freshman Nikola Wessels (Muenster, Germany/Marienschule Muenster) rounded out JMU's effort, tying for 80th at 48-over 261 (97-81-83).
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.