SIMPSONVILLE, Ky. - The James Madison women's golf team was unable to move up in the final 18 and finished 12th at the 2012 Cardinal Cup, Sept. 17-18. Hosted by the University of Louisville, the two-day, 54-hole tournament was played at the Cardinal Club (Par 72 - 6,271 yards) in Simpsonville, Ky.
JMU improved nine shots on its second round and posted a 308 in the final round to finish at 65-over 929. Host Louisville held on for a one-shot victory over Missouri, as the Cardinals shot a 305 in the final round for a three-round total of 32-over 896. Missouri posted the second-lowest round of the day at 298 to move up to 33-over 897. Chattanooga was third at 37-over 901, with Cincinnati (41-over 905) and Maryland (43-over 907) rounding out the top five teams.
The Dukes were paced by junior Ginger Mak (North Point, Hong Kong/The International School of Macao), who moved up five spots in the final standings to a tie for 21st at 11-over 227. Freshman Karishma Thiagaraj (Haymarket, Va./Battlefield) was next in a tie for 39th at 15-over, with sophomore Nikola Wessels (Muenster, Germany/Marienschule Muenster) tying for 45th at 18-over 234. Sophomore Shabril Brewer (Herndon, Va./Westfield) was next for Madison in a tie for 55th at 22-over 238, with freshman Kelsey Solan (Lumberton, N.J./Rancocas Valley) rounding out the team effort at 26-over 242 and finishing in a tie for 69th. Playing as an individual, sophomore Maria Andrea Legaspi (Quezon City, Phillipines/St. Paul College-Pasig) tied for 33rd at 14-over 230.
Louisville's Emily Hass held on for the individual title at 7-under 209 after a 1-under 71 in the final round, and UNCG's Fanny Cnops was the runner-up at 2-under 214. Hass and Cnops were the only two players to finish under par for the tournament.
Madison will next play at the UNCG Starmount Fall Classic, Mon.-Tue., Oct. 1-2 at Starmount Country Club in Greensboro, N.C.