September 12, 2011

Islanders Eighth in First Event of 2011-12

LINCOLN, Neb. – The Texas A&M – Corpus Christi women's golf team carded an eighth-place finish at the Chip-N-Club Invitational, hosted by the University of Nebraska. The Islanders first competition of the fall saw newcomer Taylor Slagle lead the way with a 13th-place finish.

Slagle (78-72-81—231) finished 11 strokes off the lead, as SMU's Felicia Espericueta (74-75-71—220) took the individual title and led the Mustangs (312-302-306—920) to the team title as well. The Islanders (311-310-331—952) posted the top finish of the three Southland teams in the event, besting Sam Houston State (T-11th, 968) and McNeese State (13th, 976). 

"We definitely have some work to do," head coach Carol Blackmar said. "But at the same time, there are some positive things that we can take away. We showed early on that we have the ability to compete with some of the top teams in the country, but we need to be mentally stronger and finish our rounds.

"I'm so proud that Taylor had such a great debut – she was our number five player going in and she led the team," she added. "She was a major bright spot for our squad and I'm excited about her development." 

Ryann White finished just one stroke behind Slagle, tying for 15th with a 232 (76-75-81). Nikki Dunn (79-84-84) and Krista Fenniak (81-81-85) tied for 49th with a 247, while Lindsay Biehler (78-82-88—248) wrapped her tournament one stroke back in a tie for 53rd.

White got off to a rough start in the third round with two doubles and a bogey in her first three holes, but rallied to shoot four-over the rest of the way for a final round 81. The senior was plus-16 in the event overall. 

Dunn had a disappointing finish to the event, carding an 84 on the final 18 holes. She sat at +2 through her first nine holes, but was 10 over on the front nine to fall off the pace. Dunn finished plus-31 in her first event of the 2011-12 season. Fenniak was plus-5 on the back nine on Tuesday, but six bogeys and a double on the front gave her an 85.

The Islanders are now off for the next three weeks, returning to action on Oct. 2 with the ORU Shootout in Tulsa, Okla.