SOUTHPORT, N.C. - The James Madison men's golf team finished as runner-up at the 2013 Colonial Athletic Association Men's Golf Championship, April 26-28. The three-day, 54-hole tournament was played at The Reserve Club at St. James Plantation (Par 72 - 7,069 yards) in Southport, N.C. The Dukes improved six spots on last year's finish and had their best finish since also being runner-up at the 2000 championship. This marked the third time that JMU has been second at the CAA's, as Madison was also second in 1986.
Heading into the final round trailing UNCW by 15 shots, Madison battled a tough course set-up and shot a 21-over 309 to finish at 48-over 912, 24 shots behind champion UNCW at 24-over 888. The Seahawks posted a final round-best 12-over 300 to solidify their title run and earn the league's automatic berth to the NCAA Regionals. William & Mary was third at 52-over 916, with Drexel (923) and Delaware (925)
Madison is led by senior Rich Leeper (Chapel Hill, N.C./Carrboro) who shot a final-round 2-over 74 to finish in a tie for fifth at 8-over 224, earning him All-Tournament Team honors. The round was another solid finish for Leeper, as he rallied for two birdies on the final two holes to garner his honor.
"Rich played very well this spring and had a solid finish at CAA’s," Head Coach Jeff Forbes said. "He had to birdie the last two holes to make the All-Tournament Team and did it. It was a great finish to end his career as a Duke.”
Senior Ryan Vince (Charlotte, N.C./Providence) was next at 11-over 227 after a final round 7-over 79, tying for seventh. Freshman Connor Walters (Salem, Va./North Cross) shot a 6-over 78 to finish at 18-over 234 in a tie for 18th, with all three of his tournament rounds counting for the team score. Junior Tucker Koch (Malvern, Pa./Malvern Prep) and sophomore Trey Smith (Virginia Beach, Va./Kellam) tied for 20th at 20-over 236, with Smith posting a 4-over 76 in the last round and Koch having an 8-over 80.
UNCW's Payne McLeod took home medalist honors at 1-under 215, four shots better than Alex Hicks of William & Mary at 3-over 219 and five better than the Tribe's Jeremy Wells at 4-over 220.