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James Madison Earns 2013 CAA Women’s Golf Title, Led by Brewer’s First Place Performance

Courtesy: CAA
          Release: 04/21/2013
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SOUTHPORT, N.C. (April 21, 2013) – James Madison sophomore Shabril Brewer led the Dukes to their fourth CAA Women’s Golf Championship title on Sunday at the St. James Plantation Reserve Club. Brewer earned medalist honors after carding a tournament best 225 (76-68-81), including etching her name in the books for the course record for lowest women’s score on Saturday with 68.

It was the Dukes first CAA Championship title since 2005 and fourth under the direction of head coach Paul Gooden. Brewer earned her first collegiate tournament victory and she recorded her third career top-10 finish as she carded 9-over par on the 72 par, 6,066-yard Reserve Club. The sophomore earned Most Outstanding Performer honors and joined UNCW’s Lori Beth Adams & Mallory Warrick, Xavier’s Shane Crutchfield and Breanna Patz and Richmond’s Tracy Martin on the 2013 All-Tournament team for earning a top-5 finish in the event.

The UNCW Seahawks, the two-time defending champions, made a surge for the top as they entered the final round in fourth place, 20 strokes behind JMU, and finished the event in second place (950) just eight swings behind the Dukes (942). Xavier, which was in the lead after the first day, completed the tournament in third place with a score of 957 and Richmond followed in fourth place with a score of 967. The Delaware Blue Hens wrapped up the tournament in fifth place (975) and William & Mary followed with a score of 988. Dayton (1005), Hofstra (1046) and Towson (1051) closed out the team scoring.

On the final round, the winds challenged the participants as they faced repetitive gusts up to 30 mph throughout the day. Adams, who is ranked No. 54 nationally by GolfStat, was runner-up in the tournament after carding 83-71-76—230 (+14). Crutchfield, who scored 75-79-78—232 (+16), and Patz, who carded 77-77-82—236 (+20), led the Musketeers and finished third and fourth, respectively, overall. Martin, who opened the tournament with an individual low 74, finished the event tied for fifth with Warrick. Martin finished out the tournament scoring 81-83 in the final two rounds to earn a three-day total of 238 (+22), while Warrick scored 81-76-81—238 (+22).

The Seahawks received help on the third day by Megan Burnham, who scored a round-low 75 on the final day, and finished tied for seventh overall (85-79-75—239). William & Mary’s Alessandra Liu also tied for seventh scoring 239 over the 54-holes (85-76-78).  James Madison’s Maria Andrea Legaspi (82-78-81—241) and Ginger Mak (84-77-80—241) rounded out the top 10 individual scoring leaders as they tied for ninth.

James Madison earns the league’s automatic berth in the 2013 NCAA Regionals, which are slated for play Thursday, May 9 through Saturday, May 11, at three sites (Central: Oklahoma, West: Stanford, East: Auburn). The 72-team regional field is announced on Monday, April 29, at 9:00 p.m. EST on NCAA.com.

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