PAWLEYS ISLAND, S.C. - The James Madison women's golf team shot a 302 in the first round and sits in fourth in the 12-team field after the first day of the Golfweek Program Challenge, Sept. 9. The three-day, 54-hole tournament is being played at the Caledonia Golf & Fish Club (Par 71 - 6,003 yards) in Pawleys Island, S.C.
To open the 2012-13 campaign, the Dukes shot an 18-over 302 in the first 18, one shot behind Troy in third at 17-over 301 and two back of Boston College at 16-over 300. Campbell is the opening round leader at 2-over 286, while Central Arkansas round out the top five teams at 20-over 304.
The Dukes are led by sophomore Shabril Brewer (Herndon, Va./Westfield) at 3-over 74 in a tie for 10th, with junior Ginger Mak (North Point, Hong Kong/The International School of Macao) is one shot back at 4-over 75 in a tie for 14th. Sophomore Nikola Wessels (Muenster, Germany/Marienschule Muenster)shot a 5-over 76 and is tied for 17th, while sophomore Maria Andrea Legaspi (Quezon City, Philippines/St. Paul College-Pasig) is tied for 24th at 6-over 77. Freshman Karishma Thiagaraj (Haymarket, Va./Battlefield), playing her first collegiate tournament, is tied for 38th after 18 holes with a 10-over 81. Troy's Sofia Bjorkman is the opening round leader at 4-under 67, one shot ahead of Campbell's Brooke Bellomy at 3-under 68.
The Dukes will go off the No. 1 tee starting at 7:30 a.m. for Monday's second round, playing with Central Arkansas and Georgetown.