Roadrunners roll to Islanders Classic Championshp on Tuesday
CORPUS CHRISTI — Led by individual medalists Summer Batiste and Taylor Newlin, UTSA rolled to the Islanders Classic team title by 40 strokes on Tuesday at Corpus Christi Country Club (par 72/6,093 yards).
The winning pair both finished with a three-round total of 220, while the Roadrunners shot a 296 for the third consecutive set of 18 holes, giving them a final team tally of 888.
The team victory was the fifth in program history and it marks the first time UTSA has notched multiple wins in the same season after winning 2011 The Alamo Invitational and the Roadrunners now have won three tournaments at Corpus Christi Country Club. The program’s first-ever title came at the 2009 Stripes Islanders Classic and the Birds won last season's Southland Conference Championship at the course. Additionally, Batiste and Newlin become the seventh and eighth players in school annals to claim an individual title.
“This was a total team effort where all five players contributed to the victory,” assistant coach Ian Parnaby said. “Having all five contribute like they did is an ideal situation for a coach and I’m happy that Summer and Taylor shared the individual title.”
Batiste won the first tournament of her career on the strength of a final day 71, which was the lowest round by any Roadrunner during the two-day tournament. That followed Monday rounds of 75 and 74 for the Spring native and it was her best 54-hole score since helping the team to the 2010 Northern Migration Invitational title with a 214.
Meanwhile, Newlin carded a 75 on the final day after rounds of 72 and 73 on the opening day, which also led her to the first championship of her career.
Senior Shannon Jungman, junior Paola Valerio and sophomore Fabiola Arriaga all tied for fourth at 226. Jungman (76-75-75) and Valerio (73-78-75) each shot final-round 75s, while Arriaga (76-74-76) was just one shot behind with a 76.
North Dakota State’s Amy Anderson, who is the 34th-ranked individual in the country, finished third with a 223 to prevent UTSA from claiming each of the top five spots on the individual leaderboard.
Five other Southland Conference schools participated in the event, including Lamar (second/928), host Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (third/932), Central Arkansas (sixth/939), Sam Houston State (eighth/945) and Stephen F. Austin (13th/987).
UTSA will be back in action in two-and-a-half weeks at the Insperity Lady Jaguar Intercollegiate in Augusta, Ga. The three-day event tees off on Friday, March 14.