STRIPES ISLANDER CLASSIC BEGINS TOMORROW AT ROCKPORT COUNTRY CLUB

The annual Stripes Islander Classic Golf Tournament begins with 36 holes on Monday at the Rockport Country Club in Rockport with a shotgun start at 8:15 a.m. The final round of 18 holes will be Tuesday at 8:15.

Fourteen teams will join the Islanders in Rockport including Southland Conference rivals Lamar, McNeese State, Sam Houston State, and UTSA. Also in the field will be Illinois of the Big Ten, Drake and Wichita State of the Missouri Valley Conference, Sun Belt Conference schools Arkansas State, Louisiana-Monroe and North Texas, UMKC out of the Summit League, along with Houston Baptist, Texas-Pan American and McLennan Community College.

"We have 15 teams including us and most of the Southland Conference schools," said Islander head coach Carol Blackmar. "I am excited that we have such a full, competitive field. It will be a good indication of where we are right now. It should be some solid golf for people to come watch."

The tournament is the second of the spring season for the Islanders who opened with a fifth-place finish at the Koasati Pines Collegiate Classic hosted by McNeese State and site of the Southland Conference Championship in April. A&M-Corpus Christi finished with a 932 – three shots behind UTSA and Central Arkansas who tied for third at 929. Three individuals finished in the top 20 led by Ashley Olynick who was 12th with a 230. Courtney Peeler was 16th with a 231 and Ashley Watkins 19th with a 72 in the final round to finish at 233.

"The girls have been working really hard in practice and have put up some good scores in practice at Rockport," said Blackmar. "We have been focusing on our short game and are showing signs of improving."