ROCKPORT The Texas A&M-Corpus Christi women's golf team climbed three spots to place fifth with a three-round mark of 947 in the Stripes Islander Classic at Rockport Country Club.
UTSA claimed its first-ever tournament title closing the 54-hole event with a 302, which was the lowest round by any team in the event and had a combined three-round score of 920 (311-307-302). Led by medalist Shelly Martinez, the Roadrunners finished 11 strokes ahead of Southland Conference rival and second-place finisher Lamar, who had a 931 (313-304-314). North Texas was third with a 936 (312-317-307), while Drake was fourth at 940 (315-314-311). A&M-Corpus Christi was seven strokes behind with a 947 (315-316-316) to place fifth ahead of Sam Houston State, Illinois, Texas-Pan American, McNeese State, and Wichita State.
Individually, the Islanders were led by Ryann White who was 17th at 235 (75-78-82). Ashley Watkins finished two shots back in a tie for 24th with a 237 (77-81-79). Ashley Olynick (81-77-84) and Courtney Peeler (82-83-77) had matching 242s, while Melissa Fahey had a 243. Peeler had the best round of the day for the Islanders in the final 18 with a 77, while Fahey had a 78 and Ashley Watkins a 79.
"We had some bright spots," said "We had a freshman carry the team on the first day. Today, Melissa started poorly but battled back to turn in a solid round and Ashley Watkins gutted out a round despite being ill. We should have been in contention, but with the excitement of hosting our own tournament we threw too many shots away. We will learn from this and look forward to our next tournament at Baylor."
The Islanders return to action March 16-17 at the Baylor Spring Invitational.