ISLANDERS FIFTH IN SEASON OPENING TOURNEY
LAKE CHARLES, La. The Texas A&M-Corpus Christi women's golf team concluded its first tournament of the spring with q 312 on the final day of action at the Koasati Pines Collegiate Classic on Sunday. The Islanders were fifth out of 17 teams.
Ashley Watkins ended the tournament on a high-note with a career-best 72 for the final 18 holes. Watkins round tied her with Sam Houston State's Wendy Joyner for the best round of the day and the second best round of the tournament. Redland's Nicola Race opened the three-round event with a 71.
"We're real close," said coach Carol Blackmar. "We need to four good individual scores together three rounds in a row. We can compete with these teams. We just to need to step it up as a team and finish strong.
"Ashley had a great round today. It gives us something to build on."
Entering the day tied for fourth with Texas State, the Islanders finished with a three-round score of 932. The Bobcats fired the day's best round with a 304 to vault to the team title with the 54 holes at 924 two shots ahead of host McNeese State which had a 311 on the final day to finish at 926. UTSA and Central Arkansas finished tied for third at 929. The Roadrunners had a 312, while UCA shot a 311. The Islanders finished three strokes out of third and four shots ahead of South Alabama and Lamar who tied for sixth at 936.
Watkins was the lone Islander to break 80 on the final day with her 72 and was one of three Islanders in the top 19 as individuals. Olynick finished day one tied for fifth at 150, but shot an 80 on the last day to finish at 230. Courtney Peeler, who was seventh headed into the final round, dropped to 16th at 231 matching Olynick's 80. Watkins 72 moved her into the top 20 at 19. After opening with an 85, Watkins fired a 148 over the final two rounds to finish at 233. Melissa Fahey finished with an 81 and Ryan White shot her second-straight 80 to finish the weekend. Fahey placed 44th (243) and White 47th (244).
Texas State's Sydney Liles won the individual round with a 222 (73-75-74) finish four shots ahead of her nearest competitor.
The Islanders are off until hosting the Stripes Islander Classic on Feb. 23 and 24.