February 14, 2010

ISLANDER WOMEN GOLFERS HEAD TO LOUISIANA TO OPEN SPRING SLATE

The Texas A&M-Corpus Christi women's golf team opens the spring portion of its schedule this weekend as they head to the Koasati Pines Collegiate Classic in Kinder, La. hosted by McNeese State.

The course is the same one where the Islanders won their first Southland Conference title less than a year ago.

"We are eager to start our spring season at McNeese since we won the Southland Conference tournament last spring," said Islander golf coach Carol Blackmar. "Many good memories, stories and shots were shared on our travels to Louisiana."

The Islanders competed in four tournaments during the fall, while playing with five golfers. The team posted two top-six results. After rain kept their opening tournament from being completed, the Islanders finished sixth at the Payne Stewart Memorial.

A&M-Corpus Christi placed third at the Sam Houston State Invitational. They opened the tournament with a 298, which is the third-best round in the school's history. It was held at the same course where the Islanders will defend their league title later this spring.

Individually four of the five Islanders average 79.2 or better. Ryan White led the way with an average of 76.7 and tied Ashley Watkins for the best round of the fall with a 71. Ashley Watkins, who was unable to finish at the final tournament of the fall, averaged a 77. She had the best finish of the fall by an Islander with an eighth-place finish.

Courtney Peeler, who had a season-best round of 74 en route to a 12th-place finish at Sam Houston, carded a 78.2. Freshman Cecilia Jeon averaged a 79.2 per round in her debut. She had a low of 72 in the opening round at SHSU. The fifth golfer, Chelsey Watkins twice fired a season-best.

They open the spring six golfers after the addition of Katie Belser. Belser, a junior, joined the team after the semester break. She played in high school at Ingleside High School. Belser played in the state tournament all four seasons with three top 10 finishes. Her best scoring aver was 74 her senior season.

"Katie is excited to join our Islander golf team," said Blackmar. "She will be practicing very hard this spring to earn a spot on our traveling team. If her high school golf career at Ingleside is any indication, she will be knocking at the door very soon!"