FORMER ISLANDERS GOLFER TO STAR IN UPCOMING SEASON OF THE APPRENTICE

Former Texas A&M - Corpus Christi women's golfer Liza Mucheru-Wisner will be taking part in the 2010 season of "The Apprentice" on NBC. The show, hosted by Donald Trump, gives contestants the opportunity to play for a position running one of Trump's companies and a $250,000 contract for one year.

Wisner played for the Islanders from 1999-2003 and was fourth all-time in school history with 27 tournaments played and nine top-10 finishes. Her lowest round with the Islanders was a 72 during her junior year at the New Mexico State Invitational. Wisner now works full time as the associate director of the ELITE Graduate program at A&M-Corpus Christi

Following her playing career, Wisner completed her education and received her Master's degree while simultaneously starting an educational technology company named Texas Techies. The organization was started to help bring opportunities that would not otherwise be available to underprivileged children.

"It kind of started out of a whim, it's one of those things where I had an idea and it just blossomed into something exciting," said Mucheru-Wisner. "What I see for it is providing opportunities for children that are not currently there.

"The future is bright and I see a lot of opportunities for Texas Techies to make an impact. "

When going through the process of becoming a contestant on the show, Mucheru-Wisner enjoyed the experience and was surprised when finding out she had been selected to be on the show.

"Being selected on the show was a lot of fun," said Mucheru-Wisner. "It was funny because it is one of those opportunities that comes in front of you and you are like 'are you serious, you want me to be on the Apprentice?'

"Out of thousands of people you wouldn't think 'Corpus Christi, Texas, Liza Wisner' would be a finalist for the show."

Mucheru-Wisner took a leave of absence from the University to pursue the opportunity to be on the show.

As far as her experiences as an Islanders golfer, she feels like her career as an athlete at the University helped her on the show.

"Being on the show was really great," said Mucheru-Wisner. "It really brought everything I have done in my life into perspective.

"Being an athlete was amazing, I had to multi-task. I had school, had to go to practice and had to hang out with the girls, there was a lot going on. I learned a lot from that and I think I brought a lot of it to The Apprentice."

Islanders fans can see Mucheru-Wisner on 'The Apprentice' starting next Thursday, Sept. 16 at 8:00 p.m. CST on NBC.