MAGNOLIA, Texas – The Texas A&M-Corpus Christi women's golf team shot a second-round 317 to remain in eighth place at the 2014 Southland Women's Golf Championship. The Islanders hold a two-round 632 heading into Thursday's final round of action.
Freshman Claudia Galindo was the low scorer on the day for A&M-Corpus Christi, carding a 77. Lindsay Biehler shot 79, and leads the team through two days with a 156. Krista Fenniak (80) and Vanessa Johnson (81) also scored for the Islanders, while Ana Paredes shot an 84 for the second consecutive day.
"The course played a little tougher today because of the change in wind," head coach Carol Blackmar said. "I was a little disappointed that we didn't take advantage of that, because we are so used to playing in similar conditions. I think we need to play our best golf of the week tomorrow, and I have every confidence that will happen."
Lamar holds the team lead in the competition with a two-round 603 (304-299), five strokes ahead of second-place Oral Roberts (311-297—608). Central Arkansas (304-308—612), Sam Houston State (305-316—621) and Stephen F. Austin (310-314—624) round out the top five.
ORU's Shinwoo Lee is the individual leader through 36 holes, posting a 1-over-par 145 (72-73). Lee was one of three players to shoot 73 in the second round, which was the low round of the day. Lamar's Kelly Erasmus (76-73—149) and SFA's Piper Kyle (71-78—149) are tied for second place, four strokes behind Lee.
For the second straight day, Galindo had a hiccup on the first hole, but responded well afterward. After a bogey on the first, she birdied the second for the second straight day, sitting even headed to the third. She followed that with 12 pars on the next 14 holes, bogeying only the par-4 eighth and the par-3 11th, to move to 2-over heading to 17. Like the previous day, the final two holes were a setback, as she bogeyed 17 and doubled 18, but still posted the best result of her career, shooting a 77.
Biehler had a wild start to her second day, only registering one par on the first seven holes. She posted five bogeys and a birdie, on the par-5 fourth, to sit plus-4 on her way to the eighth. She settled down with a strong par on 8, one of the toughest holes on the course, and that started a string of five pars in six holes. Bogeys on 14 and 16 set her back to plus-7, and she finished off her round par-par, finishing with a strong up-and-down on 18 for a 79.
Like her opening round, Fenniak shot plus-5 on the front nine, with three bogeys and a double. In both rounds, she posted pars on 2, 3, 5 and 7, while shooting over par on 1, 4 and 8. In today's round, the double came on the eighth, and a bogey on nine sent her to the turn with a 41. She started the back with three straight pars, but consecutive bogeys dropped her to plus-7. Fenniak got a stroke back with a birdie on the par-3 16th, but finished bogey-bogey to enter the clubhouse with an 80.
Johnson came out with a rough start on the front nine, posting two doubles and three bogeys through the first eight holes to sit 7-over. But she got off the schneid with a par on the ninth, and went on to tally seven pars on the back nine. Her only blemishes came with bogeys on 13 and 18, as she posted a 9-over 81.
Paredes notched six bogeys in her first eight holes to sit at plus-6 heading to the ninth. She followed that with pars on three of the next four holes, but a triple on 14 was sandwiched by bogeys on 13 and 15, putting her 12-over entering the final three holes. She was able to finish strong, though, going par-par-par to enter the clubhouse with an 84 for the second consecutive day.
Paredes will be the first to tee off for the Islanders tomorrow, as her round starts at 8:10 a.m. Fenniak will follow at 8:18, while Johnson (8:26), Galindo (8:34) and Biehler (8:42) will follow. A&M-Corpus Christi will be paired with Houston Baptist once again for the third and final round of the tournament.
Live stats will be available on GolfStat.com, with updates posted on Twitter (@IslandersGolf) as they become available.
T21. Lindsay Biehler (77-79—156)
T23. Claudia Galindo (80-77—157)
T27. Vanessa Johnson (77-81—158)
T36. Krista Fenniak (81-80—161)
46. Ana Paredes (84-84—168)