ISLANDERS CLIMB TO THIRD ON FINAL DAY OF ORU INVITE
TULSA, Okla. A team-best round of 309 on the final day of the ORU Invitational propelled the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi women's golf team to a third-place finish out of 14 teams in its first tournament of the season on Tuesday.
The Islanders, which entered the final round in fourth place, shot a 309 as a team to pass Southland Conference rival Lamar for third with a three-round total of 932 (310-313-309). Lamar, which finished second at last year's conference tournament, was five shots ahead of the Islanders entering the final round but struggled to shoot 318 over the last 18 holes and finished at 936.
"It was a good tournament with some great teams there," said Islander golf coach Carol Blackmar. "I am really pleased with us being able to move up and finish third in front of a team like Lamar. We had several good performances throughout the tournament."
Host Oral Roberts won the tournament with a three-round score of 913 (301-305-307), while UTEP was second with a 924 (302-308-314). ORU's Christi Carter won top medalist honors with a three-round score of 219 (73-70-76). Oklahoma City's Syndey Cox and Missouri State's Kelsey Welber tied for second eight shots back at 227.
On the final day of the invite, senior Ashley Olynick fired a 75 for the best round of the event by an Islander to place 13th with a 54-hole score of 233 (80-78-75). Newcomer Courtney Peeler 18th two shots back with a 235. Peeler opened the tournament with an 83 before carding back-to-back rounds of 76.
The Islanders showed tremendous balance with all five golfers finishing 29th or better. They were the lone school to accomplish the feat. Ashley Watkins was 24th with a 237 as she fired a 77 on the final day, while Ryann White and Melissa Fahey finished at 238. In her first collegiate tournament, White had rounds of 76, 81 and 81, while Fahey followed a pair of 78s with an 82.
A&M-Corpus Christi heads to Jonesboro, Ark. next week to compete in the Arkansas State Invitational.