March 31, 2009

ISLANDERS FINISH SIXTH IN LITTLE ROCK TOURNAMENT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – The Texas A&M-Corpus Christi women's golf team fired a 316 in the final round of the UALR Women's Golf Classic climbing one spot to fifth Tuesday at the Diamante Country Club.

After opening with a 73 in the first round to tie for second, Ashley Olynick finished in a tie for 16th. Courtney Peeler continued her steady play shooting her third sub-80 round to with a 78. She was the only Islander to better 80 in all three rounds firing a 234 (77-79-78) to place 19th a shot behind Olynick. Ashley Watkins led the way for the Islanders on the final day of the tournament shooting a 76 after rounds of 81 and 82 on the first day of the event. She finished tied for 33rd at 239. Ryann White and Melissa Fahey finished 61st and 72nd with scores of 246 and 250, respectively.

As a team, the Islanders placed sixth in the event with a 949 (311-322-316) – three shots behind Eastern Michigan for fifth at 946. Host UALR won the team title in a playoff with first-day leader Florida International. The two finished the 72 holes of regulation tied at 927. The duo finished seven shots ahead of Oral Roberts and Central Arkansas who tied for third at 934.

UMKC's Kelsey Kipp won the individual title with a three-round score of 221 (70-76-75) to finish a shot ahead of Stephany Fleet of Eastern Michigan. Fleet had rounds of 75-71-76.

The Islander team next heads to the Susie Maxwell Berning Classic beginning this Sunday. It is the final tune-up for the team before heading to the Southland Conference Tournament in Lake Charles held April 20-22.