CORPUS CHRISTI – The Texas A&M – Corpus Christi golf team finished the 2012 Southland Conference Women's Golf Championship with a 316 in the final round to place sixth in the event with a three-round 949. Senior Ryann White posted a 75 in her final collegiate round for the Islanders to lead the team on Wednesday.
UTSA took the team championship with an 896 (290-306-300), while Texas State finished five shots back at 901. Lamar finished third at 928, while Sam Houston State and Central Arkansas tied for fourth at 932. The Islanders were 42 shots ahead of seventh-place Stephen F. Austin, which shot 991. McNeese State posted 1001 for the 54-hole event.
UTSA's Shannon Jungmann won the individual title with a 217 (70-73-74), three shots ahead of her teammate, Fabiola Arriaga. The Bobcats had the third-, fourth- and fifth-place finishers, with Gabby de Reuck (222), Krista Puisite (223) and Iman Nordin (225) rounding out the tournament's top five.
White rebounded from a slow start to her tournament to shoot 3-over on the final day for the Islanders. The Lubbock native got off to a slow start with two bogeys and a double bogey in her first three holes, but from there she posted her most impressive 15 holes of the tournament. She started her string with a birdie on the par-5 fourth, then scored par on each of the next 11 holes to sit 3-over heading to her final three holes. She birdied the 16th, but gave a stroke back on 17 heading to the 18th. She finished off her career with a seven-footer for par on 18 to post a 240 (81-84-75) for the event to finish in a tie for 25th.
Krista Fenniak wrapped her debut season with a 78 in her final 18 holes. She started rough out of the gate, posting two bogeys and two doubles in her first six holes. But after a par on seven, she drove the green in two on the par-5 eighth, and drilled the putt for her second eagle of the tournament. She added a birdie on the ninth to head to the turn 3-over. She doubled the par-5 10th after her second shot went just right of the green, but followed that with four pars to sit plus-5 heading to the 15th. Bogeys on 15 and 17 sandwiched a birdie on 16, as she narrowly missed her third eagle of the event. She closed her tournament by tapping in a par on 18 to finish with a team-leading 237 (79-80-78) to finish in a tie for 16th.
Junior Taylor Slagle posted an 80 in her final round to finish with a three-round 240, matching White for the second-best score on the team. After bogeying the first, she followed with pars on the next four holes, but then bogeyed three of the next four to head to the 10th at plus-5. The Southlake, Texas, native had six pars and a bogey over the next seven holes before a double on 17 set her back to 8-over. She posted a par on the 18th with a strong two-putt to finish off her round with an 80.
Nikki Dunn had a tough final day, shooting 83 to finish the event with a 241 in a tie for 27th. The junior got off to a brutal start, with three bogeys, a double and a triple in her first six holes to sit plus-8 for the day. She rebounded with three straight pars, then birdied the 10th to drop down to 7-over. A clutch up-and-down on 11 gave her par, but on the 12th, she found the water and carded a double bogey. After four straight pars, the Harrogate, England, native posted bogeys on the final two holes to come in 11-over on the day and 25-over for the tourney.
Freshman Vanessa Johnson had a tough day in the final round of her debut campaign. She bogeyed each of the first three holes, but bounced back with pars on four and five to sit 3-over heading to six. But after a wayward tee shot on the quirky dogleg right, she posted a double-bogey six to fall to plus-5. Two pars and a bogey then sent her to the back nine, which she opened par-bogey-bogey to sit 8-over. She settled in with four consecutive pars, but doubled the 17th, then went in the water on 18 for another double to finish with an 84. On the championship, she finished with a 242 (81-77-84) to finish in a tie for 30th.
White is the lone departing senior on the talented Islanders squad, which posted four top-5 finishes in its 10 events on the year. The highlight of the season came at the elite Rio Verde Invitational, where the Islanders took fifth and White finished fourth.