September 22, 2009

ISLANDERS GET ONE ROUND IN AT PAYNE STEWART, 2ND ROUND SUSPENDED

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - The rain clouds continue to follow the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi women's golf team as it managed to complete just one of two rounds Monday at the Payne Stewart Memorial Tournament with the second round suspended midway at the Rivercut Golf Course.

The Islanders finished the first round in ninth with an 18-hole score of 319 leaving them just four shots out of fifth place. The round was six shots better than the 325 the team fired in its only prior round this season at the "Mo"Morial Tournament which saw the final two rounds cancelled by rain.

Individually, freshman Cecilia Jeong showed tremendous progress from her opening round as a collegian. After finding a 91 at A&M, the freshman shot a team-best 76 (38-38) on Tuesday to tie for tenth after one round. Sophomore Chelsea Watkins had the second-best score with an 80 (39-41) to tie for 29th. Courtney Peeler was one shot back with an 81 (40-41), followed by Ryann White's 82 (39-43) and Ashley Watkins' 84 (38-46).

"Cecilia had a great turnaround from her opening round at A&M," said Islander head coach Carol Blackmar. "Hopefully, she will keep it going. Chelsey played 16 solid holes but had two bad ones. We need her to stay focused for all 18 holes.

"I am disappointed with our two seniors we need them to step up. I am counting on them to lead us."

Arkansas State took the lead after 18 holes with a 301 led by Jennifer Welch. Welch led all players with a 72. Central Arkansas was second with two players in the top four to finish with a 306. Host Missouri State was third with a 308 followed by Drake at 309. Bradley was fifth with a 315.

Weather permitting, the Islanders and the 14 other teams in the field will finish the second round Tuesday morning followed immediately by the third round.

"We are supposed to get under way at 8 a.m.," said Blackmar. "I am not sure what is going to happen and we are under a flash flood warning right now. I hope we can play. We were midway through the second round and our scores were looking much better."