BLANCO, Texas – The Texas A&M – Corpus Christi golf team posted an opening-round 316 at the 2012 Southland Conference Women's Golf Championship, hosted by Texas State at the Vaaler Creek Golf Club. The Islanders are currently in sixth place, just four shots back of fourth through the first 18 holes.
UTSA holds the team lead with a 290, while Texas State is in second, 11 shots back. Lamar's 305 placed third, while Central Arkansas and Sam Houston State are tied for fourth at 312. The Islanders are 19 shots ahead of seventh-place McNeese State, which delivered a 335. Stephen F. Austin had a 338 for the first 18 holes.
Nikki Dunn led A&M – Corpus Christi with a 75 in the opening round, and sits in ninth place individually. UTSA's Shannon Jungmann and UCA's Malin Senneryd each shot 70 to sit in a tie for the individual lead, while UTSA's Fabiola Arriaga was the only other player to break par with a 71.
Dunn posted 15 pars and three bogeys, starting off with pars on each of her first 10 holes. Bogeys on 11 and 13 put her two-over on the day, and a bogey on the 17th set her plus-3. She finished her round with a brilliant up-and-down on 18, burying a 15-footer with a hard right-to-left break to seal her 75. On the day, she had 31 puts and converted seven of her eight up-and-down opportunities.
Krista Fenniak delivered a 79 for the Islanders out of the number five spot. The sophomore had four birdies on the day to lead the team, but three double bogeys on the back nine pushed her to plus-7 for the day. Four bogeys and two birdies on the front saw her two-over at the turn, then a bogey on 11 and a double on 13 had her sitting at 5-over. She carded birdies on 15 and 16 to get back to plus-3, but doubles on both 17 and 18 finished her day with a 79, tied for 16th.
Vanessa Johnson posted 81 in her conference championship debut. The freshman from Corpus Christi had an outstanding recovery, as she was 8-over through the first 10 holes, but carded seven pars and a bogey over her final eight to sit plus-9 in the opening round. She nearly had the shot of the tournament, as she drilled a 40-footer on line on the 14th, but it clipped the cup and popped out, as the Carroll grad settled for a two-putt and a par.
Ryann White got off to a slow start with six bogeys on her opening nine holes, but rebounded with par on seven of the next eight to sit plus-7 heading to the 18th. Her second shot on the par-4 was less than a foot shy of safety, but it caught the front edge of the rocks and caromed back into the water, and she finished with a double bogey to post an 81.
Taylor Slagle posted 13 pars on the day for the Islanders, but an eight on the par-4 third and three other double bogeys proved her undoing. She finished plus-4 over the final 13 holes of action, and posted an 83 in her first conference tournament appearance for the Islanders. The Southlake, Texas, native is tied for 28th at plus-11.
The Islanders will tee off alongside UCA on Tuesday in the second round. Slagle will be the first to tee off at 8:40 a.m., while White follows at 8:48. Johnson (8:56), Fenniak (9:04) and Dunn (9:12) will follow in the round. Live scoring will be available on Southland.org and on Golfstat.com and updates will be posted as they become available on Twitter @IslandersGolf.