SOUTHPORT, N.C. -- The James Madison women's golf team had three rounds of 75 or better and has a five-shot lead after the first round of the 2012 Colonial Athletic Association Women's Golf Championship, April 20. The three-day, 54-hole tournament is being played at St. James Plantation Reserve Club (Par 72 - 6,066 yards) in Southport, N.C.
Playing in the first wave off No. 1, the fourth-seeded Dukes posted a 6-over 294 in the first 18 holes, five shots ahead of third seed Old Dominion in second at 11-over 299. Second-seeded UNCW is in third one shot back at 12-over 300, with Xavier in fourth at 14-over 302 and top seed Georgia State rounding out the top five at 22-over 310.
Senior Nicole Sakamoto (Honolulu, Hawaii/Kalani) is tied for individual lead after an opening round 1-under 71, a round that included five birdies. With her ninth round of par or better this year, Sakamoto is tied with ODU's Samantha Morrell after the first 18. Freshman Shabril Brewer (Herndon, Va./Westfield) is one shot back in a tie for third at even-par 72 with UNCW's Sofia Haglund and Elizabeth Haycock of ODU. For Brewer, it was her second collegiate round of par or better. Freshman Maria Andrea Legaspi (Quezon City, Philippines/St. Paul College-Pasig) is at 4-over 74 in a tie for seventh, with fellow freshman Nikola Wessels (Muenster, Germany/Marienschule Muenster) tied for 15th at 5-over 77. Sophomore Ginger Mak (North Point, Hong Kong/The International School of Macao) posted a 7-over 79 and is currently tied for 22nd.
The Dukes will start their second round at 9:45 a.m. on Saturday, April 21, playing with Old Dominion and UNCW.