MAGNOLIA, Texas – The Texas A&M-Corpus Christi team had its best round of the week, shooting a 308 in the third and final round of the 2014 Southland Women's Golf Championship at High Meadow Ranch Golf Club. The Islanders finished sixth as a team, passing McNeese State and Houston Baptist on the final day.
Ana Paredes had a strong final round, shooting a 74 to lead the Islanders, posting 14 pars in the process. Vanessa Johnson posted a 75 in her final round of the tournament, wrapping the event with six pars and two birdies over her final eight holes. Lindsay Biehler posted a 77 in her final collegiate round, while Krista Fenniak shot 82. Freshman Claudia Galindo added an 82 as well.
"I'm so proud of the way we bounced back today," Carol Blackmar said. "It was great to see Ana have such a strong final round, and that should be a good springboard heading into her sophomore season. Vanessa had such a strong finish, going 2-under for the last eight holes. And the way Lindsay really bounced back after the eighth hole showed her mental fortitude.
"All in all, the season may not have gone as well as we had hoped, but this was a good way for us to finish – with our best round of the tournament," she added. "We've been talking about finishing strong all year, so to be able to do that in the conference championship, and pass a couple of teams in the process, was a really positive development."
Lamar held on to its team lead to win the competition with a three-round 904 (304-299-301), six strokes ahead of second-place Oral Roberts (311-297-302—910). Central Arkansas (304-308-308—920), Sam Houston State (305-316-307—928) and Stephen F. Austin (310-314-306—930) rounded out the top five.
UCA's Sarah Brown won the individual title, posting a 3-over-par 219 (72-73-69). Brown came storming back to move from fourth to first with her 3-under-par performance in the final round, which was the lowest score of the tournament in any round. In second place was ORU's Shinwoo Lee (72-73-75—220), who shot a 75 to finish one stroke back of Brown, while SHSU's Paige Nelson (71-80-73—224) and SFA's Piper Kyle (71-78-75—224) tied for second place.
Paredes, who posted 84 in each of the first two rounds, bounced back with her best round of the season. She started par-par-bogey, then three straight pars and a birdie pulled her to even. A bogey on eight pushed her to 1-over, and after pars on nine and 10, a bogey on 11 made her plus-2. But from there, it was nothing but par, entering the clubhouse with seven consecutive pars to finish with a 74.
Johnson started her round with a birdie on the first, but ran into trouble on the fourth and fifth, posting a bogey and a double to fall to plus-2. After a par on six, she bogeyed three of the next four to fall to 5-over heading to the 11th. But 11 marked the first of four straight pars, and she added birdies on both the 15th and the 17th, finishing with a par on 18 to card a 75.
Biehler had a strong start, opening par-par-birdie to sit 1-under heading to the fourth. But bogeys on four and six set her back to plus-1, and then a disastrous 8th, on which she carded an 8 for the par-4, set her all the way back to 5-over. But the senior made an impressive recovery, notching pars on the ninth and 10th, before a bogey on 11 made her plus-6. From there, she was 1-under the rest of the way, posting three straight pars before a birdie on the 15th. She completed her final competition with pars on 16, 17 and 18, to come in with a 77.
Galindo got off to a tough start with only one par on the first nine holes. A birdie on the fourth was joined by seven bogeys, as she sat plus-6 heading to the 10th. She bounced back with four consecutive pars, but bogeyed four of her last five holes to card an 82.
Fenniak started strong in her final collegiate round, sitting plus-1 through the first seven holes. But a double bogey on the eighth was followed by a bogey on the ninth to put her 4-over at the turn. She posted four bogeys and four pars over the next eight holes, but finished with a double bogey on 18 to post an 82.
For all the latest on the Islanders in the offseason, be sure to follow the team on Twitter and Instagram (@IslandersGolf) and like the team's official Facebook page (Islanders Golf).
T15. Vanessa Johnson – 233 (77-81-75)
T15. Lindsay Biehler – 233 (77-79-77)
T28. Claudia Galindo – 239 (80-77-82)
T36. Ana Paredes – 242 (84-84-74)
T39. Krista Fenniak – 243 (81-80-82)