Islanders Finish with Third-Round 296 to Take Sixth at Pat Bradley Invite
LAKEWOOD RANCH, Fla. – The Texas A&M – Corpus Christi saved its best round for today, shooting a 296 in the third and final round of the 35th Annual FIU Pat Bradley Invitational to finish 6th at the event. Nikki Dunn shot a 71 for the day, while three other players delivered 75s.
"This is the kind of finish we really needed," Head Coach Carol Blackmar said. "I'm proud that we were able to have such a solid ending to our fall season. Having such strong performances from all of our top four players was a big step forward for us.
"As a whole, we had a solid fall season," she added. "We showed significant improvement from a year ago. If we can just find a way to improve our consistency, we have shown that we have the talent to compete for a Southland Conference championship this spring."
Corpus Christi native Vanessa Johnson led the way in the tournament, finishing in a tie for 17th with a 228 (79-74-75), while junior Krista Fenniak was one shot behind in 19th (76-78-75). Taylor Slagle took home 26th with her three-round 231 (77-79-75), while Dunn finished in 36th with a 235 (89-75-71). Lindsay Biehler shot a 250 (80-86-84) to finish in 62nd place.
Dunn started strong out of the gate on Tuesday, posting a birdie three on the 10th, her first hole of the day. After pars on 11 and 12, she notched back-to-back bogeys to move over par. She followed that with nine pars and a bogey over her next 10 holes to fall to plus-2, but closed her day by going birdie-birdie-birdie on the 7th, 8th and 9th to card a 71. It marks the second straight tournament that she has shot below par in the final round.
Johnson had one of the wildest rounds of her young career. The sophomore carded just six pars on the day to go along with six bogeys and a double on the 17th. But she also posted five birdies on the round – including two on her final five holes – to come into the clubhouse with a roller-coaster 75.
Fenniak was the antithesis of that round, as the junior posted undoubtedly the most consistent round of her career. She started off rough, posting a 7 on the par-5 9th, but from then on she settled in. She parred the next seven holes, remaining at plus-2, before a bogey on the 17th dropped her back to 3-over. But she closed with nine pars in a row to close out her day with a 75.
Slagle finished with another solid round, posting a 75 of her own. She started on a roll, delivering four pars and two birdies – one on the 10th and one on the 14th – to sit 2-under heading to 15. She alternated bogeys and pars over the next six holes to move back over par heading to the 3rd. She closed with five pars and a double on the 7th to finish her day at 4-over. Biehler shot an 84 in the final round of action.
This is the final tournament of the fall schedule for Islanders Golf, which returns to action on Feb. 25-26 for the annual Islanders Classic at the Corpus Christi Country Club. For all the latest news and inside information on Islanders Golf, be sure to follow the team on Twitter (@IslandersGolf) and like them on Facebook (IslandersGolf).