April 2, 2012

Islanders Seventh Through Two Rounds of HBU Husky Invitational

HOUSTON – Taylor Slagle is in eighth place to lead the Texas A&M – Corpus Christi women's golf team, which sits in seventh through the first two rounds of the HBU Husky Invitational at Riverbend Community College. The Islanders shot a 637 (322-315) for the first two rounds of action, putting them three shots out of the top five.

The Islanders started the day with a stroke of misfortune, as No. 2 player Nikki Dunn was injured prior to the round and had to withdraw, forcing Lindsay Biehler, who was scheduled to play as an individual, into the starting lineup.

"Today just wasn't our day," head coach Carol Blackmar said. "Losing Nikki was a tough pill to swallow, and after a slow start, Lindsay did a good job of handling the pressure of being thrown into the starting lineup. That said, we need to improve tomorrow and compete like I know we can – we are a better team than we showed today."

Slagle (Southlake, Texas/Carroll) leads the Islanders, as she sits in a tie for eighth with a 153 (78-75) through 36 holes of action. Freshman Vanessa Johnson (Corpus Christi/Carroll) is one shot back in a tie for 11th after a 154 (76-78), while sophomore transfer Krista Fenniak sits in a tie for 18th with a 157 (77-80). Biehler was the last scorer for the Islanders, posting a 173 (91-82) to sit in 56th, while Ryann White is 64th (92-85—177).

Sam Houston State holds the team lead with a 608 (309-299) through the opening two rounds, while Lamar is in second with a 616 (308-308). The Islanders are just three shots back of Oklahoma City University, which is in fifth place after a first-day 634 (315-319). A&M – Corpus Christi finished ahead of Southland foes McNeese State (8th, 639) and Stephen F. Austin (11th, 665).

The Islanders will tee off at 8 a.m. on Tuesday in the final round of the HBU Husky Invitational. Updates will be posted on GoIslanders.com following tomorrow's action.

INDIVIDUAL SCORES
T8. Taylor Slagle (78-75—153)
T11. Vanessa Johnson (76-78—154)
T18. Krista Fenniak (77-80—157)
T56. Lindsay Biehler (91-82—173)
64. Ryann White (92-85—177)