ISLANDER GOLF ANNOUNCES 2010-11 RECRUITING CLASS

Three new golfers will take to the links next season as Texas A&M-Corpus Christi women's golf coach Carol Blackmar announced the additions.

Two freshmen and a sophomore transfer make up the recruiting class for Blackmar, whose team will be out to win its second Southland Conference title in three seasons. The Islanders will host the conference championship at Corpus Christi Country Club in April.

Lindsey Biehler joins the Islanders from McNeil High School where she claimed two individual crowns in her final season helping her team to a second-place finish in the district and sixth-place result at the regional. She placed first at the Concan Invitational and the Leslie Lane Memorial. Biehler, who placed fifth at the district championship, earned all-district and academic all-district honors as a senior. Out of season, she placed first at The Quarry in November winning by four shots and won at the Jimmy Clay Golf Course in January.

"Lindsay's game is a reflection of her athleticism and competitive nature," said Blackmar. "I look for Lindsay to become a top player in the Southland Conference."

Blackmar turned to Mexico for her second freshman recruit signing Cristina Loaeza from Mexico City. Loaeza competed in eight tournaments in the Mexican Junior Golf Association Tour finishing tenth or better in each. She placed first in her division at the Mexican National Interclubs Tournament the past two seasons. In 2010, she posted scores of 80-78-76 and carded rounds of 78-80-78 in 2009. Last summer, she played in three tournaments in the Austin area placing second twice and third once.

"Cristina has been playing golf for 12 years and has competed throughout Mexico and the US," said the Islander head coach. "Her experience and consistency will help her step in and immediately contribute to the team's success."

The final member of this year's class is Nikki Dunn, a sophomore transfer from Florida International. As a freshman, Dunn played in seven tournaments for the Panthers averaging just over 80 per 18 holes. She had low rounds of 74 at the Northern Migration Invitational and 76 at the Bettie Lou Evans Classic hosted by the University of Kentucky.

In high school in England, Dunn set three course records breaking 70 three times. She won the Union Match-play title five straight years and attended The Daily Telegraph Finals in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, three straight years.

"Nikki is a long hitter with a tremendous amount of potential," said Blackmar. "Anytime you can get a player who has broken 70 on several occasions, you have to be excited.

The Islanders open the 2010 fall season at the University of North Texas Sept. 13-14 at the 2010 Worldlink Fall Classic.