February 16, 2010

COLD WEATHER HAMPERS PLAY AT OPENING TOURNAMENT OF SPRING

KINDER, La. - The Texas A&M-Corpus Christi women's golf team opened the spring portion of its season Monday in the Koasati Pines Collegiate Classic looking to complete two rounds, however, cold weather leading to a frost delay allowed for the completion of just one round and made for blustery conditions.

The teams are slated to complete the second round tomorrow before starting the final round.

"We had a frost delays this morning as the temperature was around 29-30 degrees," said Islander head coach Carol Blackmar. "We had to wait to begin play until the temperature warmed up and the greens thawed out. The course was wet and soggy it wasn't conducive to good scores.

"We didn't get to finish the second round, but our scores were much better in the second round."

The weather led to tough playing conditions. The Islanders finished tied for ninth out of 14 teams shooting 334 as a team and were just six shots behind UTSA for fifth. Three A&M-Corpus Christi golfers - Ryann White, Courtney Peeler, and Ashley Watkins -had 82s in the first round. Cecilia Jeon and Chelsey Watkins had matching 88s.

Louisiana-Monroe leads after one round at 308. Sam Houston State was second at 314, while Lamar was third at 320. Houston Baptist was fourth five shots ahead of UTSA at 323. Stephen F. Austin's Wallis Spears fired an opening round 73 finishing round one as the individual leader.