October 28, 2008

ISLANDER CLIMB THREE SPOTS WITH SOLID FINAL DAY AT FIU

FORT MYERS, Fla. – With a strong third round at the Pelican Preserve Golf Club, the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi women's golf team climbed three spots on the final day of the FIU Pat Bradley Invitational on Tuesday. The Islanders were the only school to have no players fire a round of 80-or-higher in any of the three rounds.

"It was an all-around strong effort," said Islander golf coach Carol Blackmar. "I think it was the first time we had no players fire an 80 in a tournament and that shows how balanced we are. I think we are definitely heading in the right direction. We just need to fine tune the little things."

After firing rounds of 305 and 306 on Monday, the Islander women shot a 307 on Tuesday which tied for the third lowest team mark of the final round. A&M-Corpus Christi finished with a 54-hole score of 918 just four shots in back of Stetson (304-298-312). Florida International won the team title by 10 strokes over Florida Southern, 884 to 894. South Florida was third.

The Islanders used a balanced effort led by Melissa Fahey who was eighth as an individual. Fahey finished with a three-round score of 225 (73-76-76). The top-10 finish was her first as an Islander as was her three-round score.

"Each week it has been someone different leading us and this time it was Melissa," said Blackmar. "It was the best tournament that she has had since she came here."

Ashley Watkins just missed the top 10 placing 11th two shots in back of Fahey with a 227 (77-74-76). Ryann White had the third-best round for an Islander in the final round with a 77 to finish with a 233 (78-78-77). Courtney Peeler was one shot back and Ashley Olynick two with scores of 234 (77-78-79) and 235 (79-78-78), respectively.

FIU's Belen Buendia was the top medalist with a four-under 212. Her teammate Paula Hurtado was second with a two-under 214.

"This was a great way to end the fall," said Blackmar. "To finish with a strong showing like this will give the girls a lot of confidence and give them more excitement when we get to the spring."