May 9, 2009

ISLANDERS TRIM 12 SHOTS OFF FIRST DAY SCORE IN SECOND ROUND

TEMPE, Ariz. – The Texas A&M-Corpus Christi women's golf team shot its second-best round of the season on Friday in the second round of the NCAA West Regional at Karstens Golf Course firing a 303. The Islanders will tee off late in Saturday's third round between noon and 1 p.m. Mountain time.

The Islanders prior best round of the year was a 300 in the final of the Southland Conference tournament. The team had a 302 in the Pat Bradley/FIU Invitational during the fall. The 303 was better than the performance of eight other schools on the day and moved the Islanders to within nine shots of 15th in the tournament.

"Our goal was to break 300 as a team and just missed it," said Islander head coach Carol Blackmar. "We played a lot better because we played a lot smarter. The girls looked much more comfortable and looked like a team that had the ability to play with the top teams in the country.

"We want to break 300 and that will be our goal tomorrow. We also think we can move up several spaces on the last day.

Senior Ashley Olynick had the Islanders top round with a two-over 74, while junior Melissa had a 75. Courtney Peeler followed her team-best 75 in the first round with a 77 and is 8-over par with 18 holes left. Ashley Olynick and Melissa Fahey are each 10-over, while Ryann White is 14-over after a 77 in the second round.

Host Arizona State continues to dominate. After firing a school-record 15-under in round one, the Sun Devils were 5-under on Friday with a 283 and lead Southern Cal by 16 shots which matched the 282 for the day's two best rounds. Individually, ASU's Carlota Ciganda leads USC's Belen Mozo and UC Irvine's Jane Chin by one shot at 9-under par

The tournament concludes on Saturday