ORANGE PARK, Fla. - The James Madison women's golf team slipped on the final day and finished 12th at the 2012 JMU/Eagle Landing Invitational, March 9-11. The three-day, 54-hole tournament, hosted by the Dukes, was played at Eagle Landing Golf Club at Oakleaf Plantation (Par 72 / 6,286 yards) in Orange Park, Fla.
Playing for the second straight day in cooler temperatures with overcast skies and gusting wind conditions, Madison shot a 20-over 308 and finished at 56-over 920. South Florida led from wire-to-wire, holding off a late charge by Maryland to win with a 19-over 883, as one of just four teams to break 300 on the final day with a 11-over 299. The Terrapins were three shots back at 22-over 886 after a 13-over 301. East Carolina shot the low round of the day with a 6-over 294 to move up to third at 26-over 890, while Campbell shot a 7-over 295 and finished fourth at 29-over 893. Illinois rounded out the top five squads at 36-over 900.
The Dukes were led for the second straight event by sophomore Ginger Mak (North Point, Hong Kong/The International School of Macao), who shot her third straight 2-over 74 in the tournament and tied for 15th at 6-over 222. Senior Nicole Sakamoto (Honolulu, Hawaii/Kalani) posted a personal spring best 1-over 73 and moved up to a tie for 27th at 11-over 227. Freshmen Maria Andrea Legaspi (Quezon City, Philippines/St. Paul College-Pasig) and Nikola Wessels (Muenster, Germany/Marienschule Muenster) tied for 81st at 25-over 241, while senior Valentina Sanmiguel (Bogota, Colombia/Gimasio La Montana), playing in her first tournament coming off an injury, finished 93rd at 30-over 246. Kaylin Yost of Campbell led through all three rounds and took home tournament medalist honors at 1-under 215, defeating Stetson's Alex Buelow, Juliet Vongphoumy of Maryland and South Florida's Shena Yang by one shot. Buelow had the low round of the final day with a 4-under 68.
JMU returns to the course on Mon.-Tue., March 19-20 at the 2012 Pinehurst Challenge. Hosted by the College of Charleston, the two-day, 54-hole tournament will be played at Pinehurst Resort #7 in Pinehurst, N.C.