April 17, 2012

Women's Golf Sixth Through Two Rounds of Southland Championship

BLANCO, Texas – The Texas A&M – Corpus Christi golf team shot a second-round 317 on Tuesday to remain in sixth place at the Southland Conference Women's Golf Championship, hosted by Texas State at Vaaler Creek Golf Club. Corpus Christi native Vanessa Johnson and Taylor Slagle each shot 77 to lead the Islanders on day two of the event.

UTSA and Texas State battled for the lead throughout the day, with the Roadrunners holding off a late charge at the close to lead with a 596 (290-306) through the first two rounds. The Bobcats are just two shots back in second place at 598 (301-297). Central Arkansas had a tremendous second day, shooting 300 to vault into third place at the event with a 612. Lamar is in fourth with a 617, two shots ahead of Sam Houston State's 619, while the Islanders have a 633 through 36 holes. McNeese State (664) and Stephen F. Austin (669) round out the conference field.

Johnson was the most consistent performer throughout the day for the Islanders, as she delivered 13 pars during the round. After a bogey on the first, she followed with eight consecutive pars, including one on the ninth where she delivered an impressive tee shot and followed with a good two-putt to make it to the turn at plus-1. On the 10th, which proved the toughest hole of the day for the Islanders, she delivered a bogey after recovering from the trees, and followed that with pars on 11, 12 and 13 before bogeying three of the last five holes to finish 5-over for the day. She is tied for 19th with a two-round 158 (81-77).

Slagle started her day 1-over through the first four holes, then followed with three birdies and a bogey over the next four holes to pull herself to minus-1 for the morning. But a bogey on the ninth was followed by a double on the 10th and a bogey on the 11th, as the junior found herself 3-over through 11 holes. She scored par on 12 and 13 before posting bogey on 14 and 15, then came into the clubhouse with three straight pars for a 5-over 77 on the day. She is currently plus-16 for the tournament with a 160 (83-77) to sit in a tie for 25th.

Krista Fenniak delivered an 80 in round two to move to 159 for the tournament, placing her 22nd. The sophomore had a wild day, opening with a double bogey on the first, then sinking a shot from 110 yards on the second for an eagle, one of just three on the Championship. She went bogey-par-par on the next three to move to plus-1, but was plus-4 over the next three holes before heading to the turn with a birdie on the ninth with a 40 on the front. A double on 10 was followed by five pars and a birdie on 16, but she finished her round with a bogey on 17 and a double on 18 to finish 8-over on the day.

After posting 15 pars in the opening round, Nikki Dunn added 12 more on day two, but had double bogeys on the fourth and 10th to go along with bogeys on the third, ninth and 16th to sit plus-7 heading to 18. But the final hole proved her undoing, as she found the fairway bunker on her tee shot, then had her third shot land in the water, as she came away with an eight on the final hole of the day. Through 36 holes, she is tied with Johnson for the team lead with her 158 (75-83).

Ryann White got out to a strong start with six pars and a bogey in her first seven holes to sit 1-over headed to the eighth. After a bogey on eight, she followed with a triple on nine and a bogey on 10 to fall back to plus-6. She delivered four pars and a bogey on the next five holes, but finished off her day with a bogey and two doubles for an 84. Through 36 holes, she has a 165 to sit in a tie for 30th.

The Islanders will be paired with the Bearkats in the final round, which tees off on Wednesday morning at Vaaler Creek. White will be the first to go off at 8:40 a.m., followed by Slagle at 8:48. Fenniak (8:56), Johnson (9:04) and Dunn (9:12) will round out the Islanders' tee times. Live scoring is available on Southland.org and Golfstat.com, and updates will be provided as they are available on Twitter @IslandersGolf.