Islanders Second After Opening Day of American Bank Islander Classic

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The Texas A&M - Corpus Christi golf team finished off day one of the American Bank Islander Classic in a tie for second place with Lamar, eight shots behind leader UTSA. Junior Ryann White sits one shot off the lead for the Islanders with a two-round 147 (73-74), placing her in a tie for third through 36 holes on the par-72, 6,073-yard course at the Corpus Christi Country Club.

UTSA's 597 (299-298) leads the event, while the Islanders sit at 605 (308-297) to match Lamar (300-305) for second place. Oral Roberts (312-294-606) and North Texas (317-293-610) each posted strong rounds in the afternoon to move into the top five teams.

White was joined in the top 10 by senior Katie Belser, who sits in a tie for eighth with her two-round 150 (76-74). UTSA's Paola Valerio (73-73) and Central Arkansas' Julia Roth (76-70) are tied for the individual lead at 146. Roth's 70 was the low round of the day, while ORU's Amber Hensley (71) also broke par in the afternoon session.

With the wind lessening in the afternoon, Texas A&M - Corpus Christi had a strong performance in the second round, with its 297 behind only a 293 from North Texas and a 294 from Oral Roberts. White, Dunn and Belser each shot 74 in the second session, while Cristina Reynoso put up an impressive 75 after a tough first round in which she shot 86.

The Islanders sat in fourth place after the opening round, shooting a 308 to finish nine shots off the pace set by leader UTSA. White's 73 paced the team, while Belser was tied for 10th at the end of the opening frame with her 76. Cecilia Jeon (79) and Dunn (80) rounded out the scorers for the Islanders in the first 18. Dunn had one of two eagles by the field in the opening round.

The final round of the American Bank Islander Classic begins at 8:15 a.m. on Tuesday morning at Corpus Christi Country Club.

Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (308-297--605)
T 3 --- Ryann White (73-74--147)
T 8 --- Katie Belser (76-74--150)
T 21 --- Nikki Dunn (80-74--154)
T 46 --- Cecilia Jeon (79-80--159)
T 51 --- Cristina Reynoso (86-75--161)

TEAM STANDINGS
1) UTSA (299-298--597) +21
2) Lamar University (300-305--605) +29
2) Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (308-297--605) +29
4) Oral Roberts Univ. (312-294--606) +30
5) North Texas (317-293--610) +34
6) Sam Houston State (303-308--611) +35
7) McLennan CC (309-315--624) +48
8) Central Arkansas (312-317--629) +53
9) McNeese State (331-301--632) +56
10) Stephen F. Austin (315-319--634) +58
11) UMKC (318-319--637) +61
12) Oklahoma City Univ. (317-321--638) +62
13) Texas-Pan American (322-317--639) +63
14) Eastern Kentucky (318-327--645) +69
15) Houston - Victoria (371-355--726) +150
16) Texas A&M-Kingsville (368-375--743) +167