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Strong Second Day Lifts W&M Women's Golf to Seventh at Lady Seahawk
Updated: Thursday 03/25/2012 (ET)
by Jacob Skipper
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One the best single-rounds ever in William and Mary history launched the Tribe women's golf team up the leaderboard Sunday at the Lady Seahawk Classic, lifting W&M from 10th to seventh overall at 924 (+60).  East Carolina took the team title in the 11-team event, shooting 866 (+2), while JMU's Nicole Sakamoto was the individual medalist at 4-under (212).

After shooting 313 and 315 in the first two rounds, W&M shot a blistering 296 (+8) in the third and final round to move up the standings.  It is the second-best round ever for the College, and the team's 54-hole total of +60 (924) is the 10th-best tournament score in school history.  Leading the charge for the Tribe was senior Caroline Sweet (Bowie, Md.), tying for 16th overall after rounds of 75-74-74 (+7).  Sweet's two-day total is tied for the fifth-best in school history.

Freshman Kellie Edelblut (New Hope, Pa.) shot 73 (+1) and 76 on Sunday, to finish tied for 24th at 228 (+12) overall.  Senior Kristen Hamel (Chesterfield, Mo.) also recorded a 73, hers in the third round, and shot 236 overall to tie at 40th.  Freshman Kelly Okun (Palm Beach, Fla.) added another 73 in the final round and finished in 57th, one stroke ahead of classmate Anna McMullen's (Monroe, La.) 245 (82-83-80) total.

William and Mary's final tune-up before the CAA Championships will be at next week's Georgetown Invitational.  The Tribe will be in action on Monday and Tuesday, April 2-3, at the Members Club at Four Streams in Beallsville, Maryland.

Lady Seahawk Classic - 54 Holes
River Landing GC - Par 72, 6106

Team Standings
1. East Carolina 866 (+2)
2. Old Dominion 872 (+8)
3. Longwood 873 (+9)
4. UNCW 887 (+23)
5. James Madison 892 (+28)
6. Marshall 920 (+56)
7. William and Mary 924 (+60)

Top Five Players
1. Nicole Sakamoto (JMU) 212 (-4)
2. Samantha Morell (ODU) 213 (-3)
3. Kameron Carter (LW) 214 (-2)
4. Katie Kirk (ECU) 215 (-1)
T5. Amanda Steinhagen (LW) 216 (E)
T5. Lori Beth Adams (UNCW) 216 (E)
T5. Faith Hardison (ECU) 216 (E)

W&M Players
T16. Caroline Sweet 223 (+7)
T24. Kellie Edelblut 228 (+12)
T40. Kristen Hamel 236 (+20)
57. Kelly Okun 244 (+28)
T58. Anna McMullen 245 (+29)

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