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Karishma Thiagaraj is just four shots back entering the final round.Courtesy: Cathy Kushner/JMU Athletics Communications
Women's Golf In Fifth After Two Rounds of UNCG Starmount Fall Classic
Courtesy:JMUSports.com Release:09/30/2013

GREENSBORO, N.C. – The  James Madison women’s golf team rallied 20 shots from the morning to afternoon and is currently fifth through 36 holes of the 2013 UNCG Starmount Fall Classic, Sept. 30. The two-day, 54-hole tournament is being played at the Starmount Forest Country Club (Par 71 – 6,265 yards) in Greensboro, N.C.

The Dukes struggled in the morning round, posting a 24-over 308 to sit in a tie for ninth with North Florida and Wofford. However, Madison rallied strong in the afternoon round with the low team round of the tournament so far with a 4-over 288 to improve to fifth at 28-over 596. Chattanooga is the two-round leader at 10-over 578 after back –to-back 5-over 289 scores on the day. Campbell is in second, 10 shots back at 20-over 588. Maryland is two shots back of that in third at 22-over 590, with High Point at 27-over 295 in fourth and JMU one shot back in fifth.

Sophomore Karishma Thiagaraj (Haymarket, Va./Battlefield) was solid in the first two rounds and is currently tied for sixth at 2-over 144. Thiagaraj shot even-par 71 in the opening round despite a triple bogey on her final hole, as she also posted an eagle on the par-5 14th, four birdies and three bogeys as well. She then followed it up with three birdies and five bogeys in second round, giving her eight under-par holes on the day.

Sophomore Kelsey Solan (Lumberton, N.J./Rancocas Valley) is next in a tie for 25th as she opened with a 7-over 78, her previous best, and then improved that six shots in the afternoon with a career-low 1-over 72 to end at 8-over 150. Her 72 included four birdies, three bogeys and one double bogey.

Junior Shabril Brewer (Herndon, Va./Westfield) is tied for 38th at 11-over 153, having improved five shots from morning to afternoon with a 3-over 74 in the second 18. Junior Nikola Wessels (Muenster, Germany/Marienschule Muenster) made the biggest jump in the second round, dropping 16 shots from a 14-over 85 to a 2-under 69 to sit in a tie for 44th at 12-over 154. Her 69 is a career low with four birdies and two bogeys, including a final birdie on her 17th hole of the second round. Freshman Nicola Haynes (Newcastle-Upon-Tyle, England) enters the final day tied for 72nd at 20-over 162.

High Point's Sarah Bae is the 36-hole individual leader at 2-under 140, one shot better than Chattanooga's Agathe Sauzon and Kaylin Yost of Campbell.

The final round will be a shotgun start at 9 a.m., with Madison playing with High Point and Jacksonville, starting on holes 5-7.

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