KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. – The James Madison women’s golf team improved over the final day of competition and finished 11th at the 2013 Palmetto Intercollegiate, Oct. 27-28. The two-day, 54-hole tournament, hosted by College of Charleston, was played at the Turtle Point Golf Course (Par 72 – 5,972 yards) in Kiawah Island, S.C.
The Dukes were in 13th when play was suspended due to darkness during the second round yesterday. When 36 holes were completed, Madison had slipped to 14th at 48-over 624. However, the squad mustered a 10-over 298 in the final round, its best 18 of the tournament, to improve to 11th at 58-over 922. Second round leader No. 39 Kansas took home the team title at 12-over 876, three shots ahead of runner-up Georgia State at 15-over 879. East Tennessee State was third at 35-over 899, with No. 47 GRU Augusta (37-over 901) and No. 42 College of Charleston (38-over 902) rounding out the top five teams.
Junior Shabril Brewer (Herndon, Va./Westfield) shot an even-par 72 in the final round to post a top-20 finish in a tie for 20th at 9-over 225. Brewer posted three birdies, one bogey and one double bogey in her round, as she was two under in her final seven holes. Sophomore Karishma Thiagaraj (Haymarket, Va./Battlefield) was two shots back at 11-over 227, tying for 26th after a 1-over 73 in the final 18 that included two birdies, one bogey and one double bogey. Senior Ginger Mak (North Point, Hong Kong/The International School of Macao) shot a 2-over 74, her best round of the tournament, and tied for 36th at 13-over 229. Freshman Nicola Haynes (Newcastle-Upon-Tyle, England) tied for 77th at 25-over 241, while junior Nikola Wessels (Muenster, Germany/Marienschule Muenster) finished in 95th at 45-over 261.
Georgia State’s Melissa Siviter shot a final-round 5-under 67 to take home medalist honors at 2-under 214, two shots better than GRU Augusta’s Jessica Haigwood and Laura Fuenfstrueck of College of Charleston at even-par 216.
The tournament concluded the fall season for the Dukes. The squad will return to the course on Mon.-Tue., Feb. 17-18 at the Amelia Island Collegiate, being played at Amelia National Golf Club in Jacksonville, Fla.