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Final Results from NCAA Women's Golf Regionals as JMU and UNCW's Adams Complete Season

Courtesy: CAA
          Release: 05/11/2013
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UNCW'S Adams Completes Season at NCAA Central Regional Finished Tied for 11th

NORMAN, Oklahoma – Junior Lori Beth Adams posted a one-over-par 73 in the final round of the 2013 NCAA Central Regional Saturday at the Jimmy Austin OU Golf Club.

Adams finished the 54-hole event part of a five-way tie for 11th with a tournament scorecard of one-over-par 217 (69-75-73), two strokes back of Washington’s Ying Luo (73-74-68=215) and Wake Forest’s Olafia Kristindottir (72-74-69=215), who claimed the Central Regional’s two individual entries into the 2013 NCAA Women’s Golf National Championships.

Ally McDonald of Mississippi State took home regional medalist honors with a three-day total of 10-under-par 206 (69-69-68), five strokes ahead of three players – Oklahoma teammates Emily Collins (67-70-74=211) AC Tanguay (71-70-70=211) and Duke’s Alejandra Cangrego (72-69-70=211) – who finished in a three-way tie for second.

Starting the final round on the No. 1 tee, Adams began her day with four straight pars before a bogey on the par five fifth hole moved her to one-over.

Adams would rebound to par the sixth hole, but bogeys on the seventh and ninth holes put the Burlington, N.C., product at three-over-par at the turn.

On the back nine, a six-foot birdie putt on the tenth hole moved Adams to two-over while a birdie on the par-five 13th brought her back to one-over.

Adams would par each of the final five holes, including the 18th that saw her run a 30-foot birdie attempt to just inches from the cup, to finish with a one-over-par total for both the round and the tournament.

James Madison Women's Golf Completes NCAA East Regional in 22nd

AUBURN, Ala.- 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. 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.