October 3, 2011

Islanders Golf 9th After First Day of ORU Shootout

TULSA, Okla. – The Texas A&M – Corpus Christi women's golf team sits in ninth place (321-318—639) after the first two rounds of the Bob Hurley ORU Shootout at Meadowbrook Country Club. Junior Nikki Dunn leads the squad in 18th place with a two-round 155 (78-77).

Ryann White sits in second among Islanders with a two-round 160, after she rebounded from a disappointing 85 in the opening 18 to post a 75 in her second 18 of the day. Lindsay Biehler (81-79) added a 160 of her own for Texas A&M – Corpus Christi.

"Again, we were a little inconsistent, and we need to be more steady if we're going to challenge for the Southland title," head coach Carol Blackmar said. "I was happy to see Ryann bounce back and Nikki had a much more solid performance for us, but we still need more out of all of our players."

The Islanders are seven strokes back of Northern Iowa and Oklahoma City, who are in a tie for seventh. Lamar and Sam Houston are tied for fourth at 622 to lead the Southland schools, while Stephen F. Austin is 14th with a 661.

Dunn is six strokes back of leader Shang Huang from UTEP, but only four shots are between the junior and the tournament's top five. The reigning Southland Newcomer of the Year finished in the top 20 in five of her last six events in 2010-11.

Sophomore Krista Fenniak led the team in the first round with a 77, but slipped in the afternoon session with a second-round 87. Cristina Reynoso, playing for the first time this fall, posted a 175 (88-87).

The Islanders struggled in the opening round, shooting a 321 to find themselves 16 shots back of the lead. Fenniak led the way with her 77 in the first 18, while Dunn was just behind with a 78. Biehler delivered an 81, while White (85) and Reynoso (88) rounded out the team's scoring.

The third and final round will tee off on Tuesday morning at 8:30 a.m. Updates will be posted as they become available on Twitter @IslandersGolf.

ISLANDERS RESULTS
18. Nikki Dunn (78-77—155)
30. Ryann White (85-75—160)
30. Lindsay Biehler (81-79—160)
45. Krista Fenniak (77-87—164)
70. Cristina Reynoso (88-87—175)