PINEHURST, N.C. - Improving by 16 shots from their morning round in the afternoon 18, the James Madison women's golf team sits in 11th through 36 holes of the 2012 Pinehurst Challenge, March 19. Hosted by College of Charleston, the two-day, 54-hole event is being played at Pinehurst Resort #6 (Par 72-5,983 yards) in Pinehurst, N.C.
JMU struggled in the morning rounds, with only one player round below 78, and posted a 23-over 311, but rallied with the four scoring players at 77 or better and slashed 16 shots off the morning total for a 7-over 295 in the afternoon for a 36-hole total of 30-over 606. North Carolina State is the two-round leader at 5-under 571, leading by 15 shots over Maryland and East Carolina tied for second at 10-over 586. Old Dominion is in fourth at 13-over 589, with UNCW and Penn State at 17-over 593 in a tie for fifth.
Four of five Dukes improved their rounds from morning to afternoon as they grew more comfortable with the course. Sophomore Ginger Mak (North Point, Hong Kong/The International School of Macao) posted a 1-under 71 in the first round and followed it up with a 2-over 74 in the second round for a 36-hole score of 1-over 145, good for eighth currently. Senior Nicole Sakamoto (Honolulu, Hawaii/Kalani) had a 7-over 79 in the first round but posted a team season-low and career low-tying 3-under 69 in the afternoon and is at 4-over 148, tied for 23rd. Sakamoto's 69 is also just the 11th time that a JMU golfer has gone below 70 since 1993-94.
Senior Valentina Sanmiguel (Bogota, Colombia/Gimasio La Montana) continued her return from an injury with rounds of 6-over 78 and 5-under 77 for an 11-over 155 in a tie for 57th. Freshman Maria Andrea Legaspi (Quezon City, Phillipines/St. Paul College-Pasig) is tied for 69th at 14-over 158, including a 3-over 75 in the second round, while fellow freshman Nikola Wessels (Muenster, Germany/Marlenschule Muenster) shot a 21-over 165, tying her for 82nd through 36 holes. NC State's Vivian Tsui is the individual leader at 4-under 140, including a 4-under 68 in the afternoon. East Carolina's Emily Eng and Ana Menendez of NC State are two shots back at 2-under 142 in a tie for second.
The Dukes will play the final round of the tournament on Tuesday, March 20.