May 10, 2009

GOLF WRAPS UP MEMORABLE SEASON IN NCAA REGIONAL

GOLF WRAPS UP MEMORABLE SEASON IN NCAA REGIONAL

TEMPE, Ariz. – A magical season for the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi women's golf team came to an end on Saturday as the NCAA West Regional concluded at the Karstens Golf Course at Arizona State.

The third round concluded a season which saw the Islanders win the program's first Southland Conference title in golf with a late surge. A birdie by junior Courtney Peeler on the final hole enabled the Islanders to pass UTSA for the confernece title.

In the regional, the Islanders finished 21st with rounds of 315-303-316 for a score of 934 – three shots in back of Oral Roberts. Top-ranked Arizona State ran away with the region crown opening with 15-under par and finished 22-under with an 842. Southern Cal was second at 861 at 3-under, while LSU placed third with an 868.

Courtney Peeler was the top individual finisher posting three rounds of 77-or-better finishing 10-over in the region to place 61st with a 237. She ended with a 74 matching her second-lowest round of the year. Peeler opened with a 75 and had a 77 in round two. Ashley Watkins had her best round of the regional on the final day finishing with a 78. No other Islander had better than an 82.

Lone senior Ashley Olynick, who had a 74 in round two, and Melissa Fahey posted matching 236s to finish second on the team at 20-over. Freshman Ryann White carded a 242 turning in a 77 in round two.

ASU's Carlota Ciganda was the top individual finishing 10-under par. Southern Cal's Jennifer Song was second at 9-under.