PEELER TIED FOR TENTH AFTER 36 HOLES IN LITTLE ROCK

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Courtney Peeler posted a 71 for the first 18 holes for the third-best score of the opening round and was tied for tenth after two rounds as the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi golf team began play at the UALR Women's Golf Classic.

Peeler's 71 is her best round in just under two seasons as an Islander. She followed the 71 with a 77 and is tied for tenth overall at 148. The senior is six shots behind leader Crystal Reeves of Oral Roberts who had rounds of 73 and 69 for a 142. Middle Tennessee's Ashley Haggard is second at 143 (68-75).

"Courtney hit ball solid and she putted awfully well," said Islander coach Carol Blackmar. "When you putt well it is easy to score. Courtney has definitely been coming on and is playing her best by far."

Peeler's stellar round helped the Islanders to its best round of the season with a team score of 311. The team had a 326 in the second round. In the first round, Ryann White with a 78 and Ashley Watkins with a 79 also shot under 80. Cecilia Jeon added an 83. In the second round, Watkins withdrew and Peeler was the lone Islander under 80. White finished with an 81, while both Katie Belser and Jeon had 84s.

With three players in the top 10, MTSU is in first place with a 588 (291-297). Oral Roberts is three strokes behind with a 591 (299-292). The host Trojans had a the best round of the tournament in the second finishing with a 288 and is now five shots behind the leading Blue Raiders with a 593 (305-288).

The tournament concludes with 18 holes on Tuesday.