February 7, 2009

ISLANDER WOMEN TIED FOR FOURTH AT KOASATI TOURNAMENT

The Texas A&M-Corpus Christi women's golf team overcame a rough first round on Saturday to post the second-best round in the second 18 with a 302 to find itself tied for fourth in its spring debut at the Koasati Pines Collegiate Classic hosted by McNeese State.

"In our first round back since the long break, I thought we were tentative and the win was really howling," said Islander coach Carol Blackmar. "In round two, we finally got into a rhythm and played much better. I think we were able to get rid of the jitters in the first round and relax."

After a rough 318 in the first round, the Islanders received a pair of 74s from Ashley Olynick and Melissa Fahey to lead the recovery and pull into a tie for fourth with Texas State. Host McNeese State leads the way at 615 over two rounds with UTSA second (617), and Central Arkansas third (618). A&M-Corpus Christi is tied with Texas State at 620.

Olynick is the top individual and is in a tie for fifth at 150 with rounds of 76 and 74. Courtney Peeler, who had the team's best round in the first 18 holes with a 73, had a 78 in round two and is tied for seventh at 151. Ashley Watkins and Fahey rebound from tough opening rounds with string second rounds. Watkins followed an 85 with a 76, while Fahey shot an 88 before her 74.

The tournament concludes on Sunday morning with 18 holes.