AUBURN, Ala., May 11, 2013 - The James Madison women's golf team finished in 22nd place at 67-over 931 at the 2013 NCAA East Regional. The three-day, 54-hole tournament was played at the Auburn University Club (Par 72 – 6,259 yards) in Auburn, Ala.The Dukes finished the final round of the NCAA Regional at 22-over 310 and 67-over 931 overall, placing 22nd out of the 24 participating teams. The team was lead by junior team captain Ginger Mak (North Point, Hong Kong/The International School of Macao) as she posted a 3-over 75 for final round and 11-over 227 overall to tie for 70th.
Sophomore Nikola Wessels (Muenster, Germany/Marienschule Muenster) shot her season best 13-over 229 for a tie for 79th, and one stroke off her career best. Sophomore Maria Andrea Legaspi (Quezon City, Philippines/St. Paul College-Pasig) shot 6-over 78 and finished in a tie for 100th at 19-over 235. Freshman Karishma Thiagaraj (Haymarket, Va./Battlefield) tied for 110th at 24-over 240, with a final round of 6-over 78. Sophomore Shabril Brewer (Herndon, Va./Westfield) shot an impressive 3-under 33 in the opening nine holes today. Brewer had one of the 15 eagles in the tournament after sinking a 8-foot putt on the 16th, which was the only eagle in the tournament for JMU. The CAA Individual Champion finished today at 8-over 80 and 28-over 244, tied for 114th.
It has been eight years (2005) since James Madison has participated in an NCAA Regional tournament. The 2005 NCAA Regional was held in Gainesville, Florida at the University of Florida Golf Course (Par 70- 6,023), where JMU finished 92-over 932 and 18th out of 21 teams. In this weekend's NCAA Regional, the Dukes finished 67-over 931 and 22nd out of 24 teams, competing against three of the same schools in their last NCAA appearance (East Carolina, Tulane and Virginia).
Defending national champion Alabama continued to dominate as they held off Tulane for first place in the NCAA East Regional at 20-under 844. Tulane shot 4-under 284 in the final round and 12-under 852 overall. The individual winner of the tournament was Stephanie Meadow, 13-under 203. The following teams and individuals move on to the NCAA Championship in Athens, Georgia:
Teams: Alabama, Tulane, Arkansas, Oklahoma State, Texas, Northwestern, UCLA, and Auburn
Individuals: Kelly Shon (Princeton) and Erica Popson (Tennessee)
This wraps up the successful 2012-2013 season for the young James Madison women's golf team, as the NCAA roster had no seniors and only one junior among the five members. The Dukes take a break for summer before resuming play in the fall.