TULSA, Okla. – After not competing in its first two scheduled tournaments due to Hurricanes Ike and Gustav, the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi women's golf team opened its 2008 fall campaign on Monday at the ORU Invitational and finds itself in fourth place out of 17 schools following 36 holes.

The Islanders opened the day with a combined score of 310 to finish fifth after 18 holes. Junior Ashley Watkins and freshman Ryann White each shot 76 in the first round, while junior Melissa Fahey fired a 78.

In the second round, A&M-Corpus Christi golfers combined to shoot a 323, Courtney Peeler, a junior college transfer from McClennan Community College, led the way with the team's third 76 of the day. Ashley Olynick carded a 78, while Fahey proved to be the most consistent Islander with a second round of 78.

The Islanders showed more consistency of any team. TAMUCC was the only team in which all five golfers finished with two round scores of 160 or better. Fahey led the team with a 156 to place 18th. White was next at 157, followed by Olynick (158), Peeler (159), and Watkins 160.

With a two-round score of 623, the Islanders finished just five shots behind Southland Conference rival Lamar who had a 618 with back-to-back rounds of 309. Oral Roberts, which boasted the top two individual golfers – Christy Carter and Amber Hensley, led after day one by four strokes with a 606, while UTEP was second with a 610. Missouri State was fifth one-shot behind A&M-Corpus Christi with a 624.

The tournament concludes on Tuesday morning.