ORANGE PARK, Fla. - The James Madison women's golf team posted its best score of the spring season so far and is tied for 12th after the first round of the 2012 JMU/Eagle Landing Invitational, March 9. The three-day, 54-hole tournament, hosted by the Dukes, is being played at Eagle Landing Golf Club at Oakleaf Plantation (Par 72 / 6,286 yards) in Orange Park, Fla.
Madison had its four scoring players all in the 70s, finishing with a 17-over 305 to sit in a tie for 12th with Stetson. Buoyed by two players at 3-under 69, South Florida is the first round leader at 1-under 287, the fourth-best score in tournament history. Campbell and East Carolina are tied for second at 6-over 294, with Maryland in fourth one shot behind at 7-over 295. Illinois and Elon complete the top five in a tie for fifth at 14-over 302. Just three shots separate fifth from 12th in this tournament after 18 holes.
The Dukes are led by sophomore Ginger Mak (North Point, Hong Kong/The International School of Macao), who posted a 2-over 74 with 16 pars and two bogeys on the day. Senior Nicole Sakamoto (Honolulu, Hawaii/Kalani) was next for JMU at 4-over 76, tied for 37th, with freshman Maria Andrea Legaspi (Quezon City, Philippines/St. Paul College-Pasig) one shot behind at 5-over 77, tied for 47th. In her first action of the spring, senior Valentina Sanmiguel (Bogota, Colombia/Gimasio La Montana) shot a 6-over 78 and is tied for 51st, while freshman Nikola Wessels (Muenster, Germany/Marienschule Muenster) is tied for 94th at 13-over 85. Campbell's Kaylin Yost is the 18-hole leader after a 6-under 30 on the back nine gave her a 5-under 67 for the day, tying for the second-best single round in tournament history. South Florida's Christina Miller and Shena Yang are two shots back at 3-under 69.
The second round will begin at 8 a.m. with teams going off both No. 1 and No. 10 in tee-time waves. The Dukes will go off No. 10 starting at 8 a.m., playing with Old Dominion and Western Carolina.