ISLANDER GOLF RETURNS TO LINKS AT "Mo" INVITATIONAL

The Texas A&M-Corpus Christi golf team returns to the course this weekend at the "Mo" Invitational hosted by Texas A&M at the Traditions Golf Club for the first time since competing in the NCAA West Regional a year.

"The Traditions is a Jack Nicklaus-designed course and is always tough," said Islander head coach Carol Blackmar, who was named the Southland Conference Coach of the Year after guiding her team to the 2009 Southland Conference title. "It will be a good test for us to see where we are at."

Aside from the host Aggies, TAMUCC will be joined by Oklahoma, Tulane, Tulsa, Southern Mississippi, Sam Houston State, Texas State, Texas-San Antonio, Texas-Pan American, and Troy.

The Islanders return four players from the championship team led by seniors Ashley Watkins and Courtney Peeler. Sophomores Ryann White and Chelsey Watkins are back, while Canadian Cecilia Jeong is the lone newcomer.

"I am expecting Ashley and Courtney to lead the way," said Blackmar. "I expect the seniors in this program to lead the way and each have the ability to be in our top two. Ryann has had some good rounds in practice. She has fired a 73 and 74 and has been the best we have thus far. With a year of experience, she seems to be more steady. Chelsey worked hard on her game over the summer and has had some good rounds thus far.

"Cecilia is the lone newcomer this fall. She is a young player who has the ability to hit the ball far. As she gets more experience I think she will be a solid player for us."