ISLANDERS SECOND AFTER NEAR-RECORD ROUND IN WET WEATHER
HUNTSVILLE - Wet weather permitted the completion of just one round for the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi women's golf team at the Elkins Lake Classic on Monday, but it was a memorable one.
The Islanders posted a near-record setting round of 298 and were second after the round trailing only Central Arkansas which carded a 285. Host Sam Houston State was third with a 302.
TAMUCC fired their best round of the season in the first 18 holes, which is tied for the third-best round in school history and is one stroke off the record of 297 set twice. A&M-Corpus Christi recorded a 297 first round at the Lady Eagle Invitational on Sept. 16, 2002 and repeated the mark at the Northern Illinois Springlake Invitational on March 10, 2007. Their prior low this fall was in the final round at the Payne Stewart Invitational two weeks ago when the team carded a 300, which is now tied for the fifth-best round all-time.
"The first round was great and we shot third-best round in the program's history," said Islander head coach Carol Blackmar. "We had three good rounds with our freshman Cecilia (Jeon) leading way. The girls really had to battled some tough conditions. The course was very wet, but I was pleased we were able to persevere and still put up some good scores."
Jeon led the Islanders with the best round of her young career as she shot a 1-over 72 and is fifth as an individual. Sophomore Ryann White, who is sixth overall, was one shot behind the newcomer with a career-best 73. Senior Courtney Peeler posted a solid 74 to tie for seventh, while Ashley Watkins carded a 79. Chelsey Watkins added an 84.
UCA's Rebecca Sorensen led all players with a 69.
The team's will attempt to finish the second round on Tuesday morning weather permitting with the final 18 holes to follow.