February 17, 2010

FIRST TOURNAMENT OF THE SPRING IN BOOK FOR ISLANDERS GOLF

The Texas A&M-Corpus Christi women's golf team improved its score each round Tuesday as it completed play at the Koasati Pines Collegiate Classic hosted by McNeese State.

The Islander women finished in ninth out of 14 teams. After opening with a 334, they shot a 320 in the second round that was finished on Tuesday after being suspended on Monday. In the third and final round, the Islanders shot a 317 to finish with a 971 for 54 holes.

"It was good to see us improve each round but I am still disappointed with how we played," said Islander head coach Carol Blackmar. "A 317 isn't going to get it done. The good thing is this is the first tournament of the spring and we have a lot of time to work on our faults and improve."

Ryann White led the Islanders on the second day just missing a Top-10 finish placing 11th. After an opening round 82, White bounced back with a 78 and 76 in the two rounds on Tuesday finishing a shot out of tenth. Courtney Peeler fired a pair of 80s on Tuesday finish tied for 28th, while Ashley Watkins battled back from an 84 in the second to finish with a 77 for the final 18 holes. Ashley Watkins finished a shot behind Peeler with a 243.

"It was really good to see Ryann come back after a rough first day and have a couple of good rounds," said Blackmar. "Ashley really played well despite struggling with her back. She really kept her head in it and had a good final round."

In the second round, Chelsey Watkins had her best round as an Islander this season finishing with a 78.

Lamar won the team title by one stroke over Sam Houston State with a 935. UTSA was eight shots back in third, while Houston Baptist was fourth. First round leader Louisiana-Monroe fell to fifth at 947.

Medalist honors went to Lamar's Julie Aime. Aime finished with a 224 - three shots ahead of Balbina Guajardo of Houston Baptist.

The Islander golfers are now off until hosting the Islander Classic for three days at the Corpus Christi Country Club starting Feb. 28.