February 27, 2010

WOMEN'S GOLF TO HOST STRIPES ISLANDER CLASSIC BEGINNING SUNDAY

The Texas A&M-Corpus Christi welcomes 11 colleges and universities to the Par-72, 6,087-yard Corpus Christi Country Club as it hosts the Stripes Islander Classic Sunday through Tuesday. The tournament will begin Sunday at 8:30 a.m. with a shotgun start. Monday's action is slated for a 10 a.m. tee time with Tuesday again at 8:30.

Joining the Islanders in the field will be Southland Conference rivals McNeese State, Stephen F. Austin, and Sam Houston State. Also competing will be UTEP, North Texas, UMKC, Oral Roberts, Tulsa, Houston Baptist, Texas-Pan American and McLennan Community College. Tulsa is the 33rd-ranked team in the country.

"Even though the field is a little smaller than in the past, it is the strongest field we've probably had," said Islander head coach Carol Blackmar. "Tulsa has been near the top 25-30 all season and Oral Roberts is also strong."

It is the second tournament of the spring for the Islanders who competed at Koasati Pines Collegiate Classic two weeks ago to start the season. Balckmar's team has been hampered by poor weather that has led to the inability to prepare consistently.

"All of our sports have had issues because of the weather," said Blackmar. "We need some better weather which allows us to get into a rhythm when it comes to preparing. It makes it difficult if things are always being changed.

"The team knows what we need to do to get better. They were at regionals last season and know what it takes to get back."