SOUTHPORT, N.C. – Sophomore Shabril Brewer (Herndon, Va./Westfield) shot a course-record 4-under 68 to lead James Madison women’s golf to the lead through two rounds of the 2013 Colonial Athletic Association Women’s Golf Championship, April 20. The three-day, 54-hole tournament is being played at the The Reserve Club at St. James Plantation (Par 72 - 6,066 yards) in Southport, N.C.
Conditions were from Friday, with weather in the low 60s but breezy as the course was still wet after two inches of rain fell overnight. The Dukes cut 23 rounds off their first-round score to post a tournament-low 10-over 298 and move from eight shots back to an 11-shot lead at 43-over 619. Opening-round leader Xavier and Richmond are tied for second at 54-over 630, with UNCW in fourth at 60-over 636. Delaware is fifth at 71-over 647, with William & Mary next in sixth at 76-over 652. Dayton is seventh at 86-over 662, with Towson and Hofstra tied for eighth at 110-over 686.
Brewer set a Reserve Club women’s course record with her seven-birdie, three bogey round, as well as tying the JMU single-round scoring record and setting a new top CAA Championship mark for a Duke. The sophomore achieved the feat with a strong finish, birdieing three of the final six holes and also tied the tournament record with her seven birdies in a single round. She now is at even-par 144 and will take a 10-shot lead into the final round over UNCW’s Lori Beth Adams and Xavier’s Breanna Patz and Shane Crutchfield.
Sophomore Nikola Wessels (Muenster, Germany/Marienschule Muenster) shot an 8-over 80 and is currently tied for ninth at 15-over 159.Fellow sophomore Maria Andrea Legaspi (Quezon City, Philippines/St. Paul College-Pasig) improved four shots on her second round with a 6-over 78 to sit at 16-over 160 in a tie for 12th. Junior Ginger Mak (North Point, Hong Kong/The International School of Macao) also improved on her second 18, shaving seven shots off her opening round score with a 5-over 77 to move up to a tie for 17th at 17-over 161. Freshman Karishma Thiagaraj (Haymarket, Va./Battlefield) made the biggest improvement in the middle round, chopping off 13 shots with a one birdie, four bogey round to post a 3-over 75 and a two-round total of 19-over 163 in a tie for 23rd.
Madison will play the final round with Richmond and Xavier, going off the No. 1 tee starting at 8:45 a.m. The winner of the tournament will earn the CAA’s automatic berth to the 2013 NCAA Women’s Golf Regional.