SOUTHPORT, N.C. – Sophomore Shabril Brewer (Herndon, Va./Westfield) captured medalist honors in leading the James Madison women’s golf team to the 2013 Colonial Athletic Association championship, April 19-21. The Dukes earned the league’s berth in the 2013 NCAA Regionals with the program’s first league crown since 2005 and fourth under Head Coach Paul Gooden. The three-day, 54-hole tournament was played at the The Reserve Club at St. James Plantation (Par 72 - 6,066 yards) in Southport, N.C.
Challenging conditions were the name of the day with howling winds, as the average score was four shots higher than in Saturday’s round with the field averaging 85.5 strokes per round. Madison entered the day with an 11-shot lead and held most of it throughout, finishing with a 35-over 323 in the last round for a 54-hole total of 78-over 942. UNCW moved up from fourth to second with a 314 today for an 86-over 950. Xavier was third at 93-over 957, with Richmond (967) and Delaware (975) rounding out the top five teams.
Brewer earned her first collegiate tournament victory and third career top-10 finish by finishing at 9-over 225, five shots ahead of UNCW’s Lori Beth Adams, ranked No. 54 nationally by Golfstat. She is also JMU’s first CAA medalist since Kylie Bishop won the title in 2005 and the fourth for the Dukes overall.
Junior Ginger Mak (North Point, Hong Kong/The International School of Macao) moved up eight placed in the final round to tie for ninth with teammate sophomore Maria Andrea Legaspi (Quezon City, Philippines/St. Paul College-Pasig) at 25-over 241.
Freshman Karishma Thiagaraj (Haymarket, Va./Battlefield) continued her climb up the standings, moving up 10 spots to a final tie for 13th at 28-over 244. Sophomore Nikola Wessels (Muenster, Germany/Marienschule Muenster) was the final player for JMU, placing 28th at 34-over 250.
Madison will find out its destination for the NCAA Regionals on Monday, April 29, with the tournaments scheduled for play May 9-11 in Auburn, Alabama (East), Norman, Oklahoma (Central) and Palo Alto, California (West).