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Karishma Thiagaraj
Height: 5'7"
Year: Sophomore
Hometown: Haymarket, Va.
High School: Battlefield
Experience: 1 Letter
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Career Highlights
  • 2013 Second Team All-CAA pick
  • Two top-10, five top-20 and 10 top-35 results
  • Career lows of 71 (single round) and 217 (54 holes)
  • Starts her second spring ranking fourth in career scoring average at JMU at 77.33 strokes in 48 rounds played

Fall 2013 (sophomore)

  • Played in all five fall events and 15 rounds for the Dukes
  • Averaged a team-best 76.40 strokes per round with one round of par or better and two top-20 and four top-30 finishes
  • Posted her second career top-10 with a tie for fifth at the UNCG Starmount Classic, shooting a career-best 4-over 217
  • Tied her career-best single round score with a 71 in the opening round of the UNCG tournament
  • Also tied for 15th at the Lady Pirate Intercollegiate at 227
  • Additionally placed in the top 30 at the Golfweek Program Challenge and Palmetto Intercollegiate
2012-13 (freshman)
  • Second Team All-CAA selection as a freshman
  • Saw action in 11 of 12 tournaments and 33 rounds, averaging a solid 77.76 strokes per round with two rounds of par or better
  • Had one top-10, three top-20 and six top-35 results, including four in the spring season
  • Tied for 10th at the Golfweek Division I Program Challenge with a 12-over 225
  • Had her best single round in the final 18 at the Golfweek Challenge, shooting an even-par 71, and in the opening round of the JMU Eagle Landing Invitational, firing a 1-under 71
  • Tied for 13th at the CAA Championship to help JMU to the league title and automatic berth in the NCAAs
  • Tied for 12th at the John Kirk/Panther Intercollegiate at 22-over 238.
  • Tied for 16th at the JMU Eagle Landing Invitational with a season-low 7-over 223
High School
  • Finished third at the Virginia State Girls High School Championship her senior year after placing ninth as a junior
  • Made the match play quarterfinals at the 2012 VSGA Women’s Amateur Championship after tying for fifth in the stroke play portion of the event
  • Was the top-ranked junior golfer in the state of Virginia after posting 10 top-10 and 13 top-20 finishes in her 14 amateur tournaments in 2011, including a third place finish at the Virginia State Girls Junior event
  • Last summer, Thiagaraj was selected to play on Virginia’s squad for the 13th-annual Virginia Maryland Junior Girls’ Team Matches in 2011, playing with current JMU sophomore Shabril Brewer, helping lead the team to a 7 ½ -4 ½ victory over the Maryland team
  • Also played for the Virginia-Maryland team that won the 10th Mid-Atlantic Girls’ Challenge over a team from the Carolinas, with Thiagaraj earning a win over Taelor Rubin from Raleigh, N.C., as well as earning both of her possible points in the event
  • Won the 2011 Peggy Kirk Bell Girls Golf Tour event in Cary, N.C., by three shots after ending in a three-way playoff earlier in the season at the PKB’s Masters Event
  • Finished second at the 2011 AJGA Preseason Junior at St. James Plantation in North Carolina, shooting a 1-under 71 in the final round
  • Was the runner-up at the 2011 Virginia High School League Girls Open Golf Championship after falling on the second playoff hole, as she shot a 36-hole total of even-par 144 (71-73), the highest finish ever for a player from Battlefield
  • In 2010 earned the title at the Bobby Bowers Memorial Junior Golf Tournament
  • Was the 2008 Maryland State Golf Association Girls’ Junior champion and followed it up with a fourth-place finish in 2009.
  • Daughter of Charles and Rajnandini Thiagaraj
  • Plans to major in health sciences