KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Against a top-flight field, the James Madison women's golf team is 15th through 18 holes of the 2012 Mercedes-Benz Intercollegiate, Oct. 12. The three-day, 54-hole tournament , hosted by the University of Tennessee, is being played at Holston Hills Country Club (Par 72 - 6,447 yards) in Knoxville, Tenn.
Playing on the longest course they have seen this year, the Dukes fought to post a 26-over 314 to sit in 15th, just six shots out of 12th. Penn State and Texas A&M share the opening-round lead at 3-over 291, one shot better than host Tennessee and UTSA at 4-over 292. Purdue rounds out the top five teams at 5-over 293.
Sophomore Shabril Brewer (Herndon, Va./Westfield) leads the Madison effort in a tie for 31st at 3-over 75, one shot ahead of junior Ginger Mak (North Point, Hong Kong/The International School of Macao) at 4-over 76 in a tie for 43rd. Sophomore Maria Andrea Legaspi (Quezon City, Philippines/St. Paul College-Pasig) posted a 9-over 81 and is tied for 73rd, while freshman Karishma Thiagaraj (Haymarket, Va./Battlefield) is tied for 76th at 10-over 82. Freshman Kelsey Solan (Lumberton, N.J./Rancocas Valley) completes the team scoring in a tie for 86th at 13-over 85. Sophomore Nikola Wessels (Muenster, Germany/Marienschule Muenster), playing as an individual, is tied for 76th at 10-over 82.
Hana Lee of Northwestern is the first-round individual leader after a 3-under 69. She holds a one-shot lead over Sarah Beth Davis of Texas A&M, Furman's Laura Weam and Erica Popson of Tennessee, each at 2-under 70.
All 16 teams and individuals will play the second round tomorrow, with Madison teeing off No. 10 starting at 9:50 a.m., and playing with Chattanooga and Memphis.