March 30, 2009

ISLANDERS TIED FOR SEVENTH AFTER 36 HOLES AT UALR

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – The Texas A&M-Corpus Christi women's golf team finished the opening day of the UALR Women's Golf Classic at the Diamante Country Club on Monday in a tie for seventh place out of 21 teams.

The Islanders started the day strong tying for third after the opening round with a 311 as Ashley Olynick posted the team's best round of the spring with a 1-over 73. Olynick's score was tied for second after the first 18. Courtney Peeler added a 77 in the first round with no other Islander breaking 80.

"The course played very long today and was very wet," said head coach Carol Blackmar. "They have had a lot of rain and half the course was casual water. It is also a very hilly course. The combination made it very difficult.

"Ashley (Olynick) really played great. She held it together made on a tough course and made a lot of putts. She didn't play poorly second round. She had a couple of bad shots and with as long as the course was playing if you had a bad shot you really paid for it."

In the second round, A&M-Corpus Christi struggled dropping 11 strokes from their opening round 311 shooting a 322 to finish with a 633. The Islanders ended the afternoon tied with UMKC. Individually, Peeler was the lone Islander to break 80 in the second round with a 79.

After finishing the first round tied for second, Olynick finished the day tied for tenth overall at 153. Peeler was tied for 20th with a two-round total of 156. Melissa Fahey was tied at 48th at 162, while Ashley Watkins and Ryann White were tied at 52nd with 163 and 58th (164), respectively.

Florida International held the team lead after 36 holes with a 615 (301-314) five shots ahead of Southland Conference rival Central Arkansas which was second with a 620. Stephany Fleet of Eastern Michigan and UMKC's Kelsey Kipp were tied for medalist honors at 146.

The tournament concludes on Tuesday morning.