Women's Golf Claims Second at Golden Eagle Jam
HATTIESBURG, Miss. -- The Southern Miss women's golf team battled 10 teams and strong wind conditions but came away with a runner-up finish in the 2016 Golden Eagle Jam at the Hattiesburg Country Club.
The Golden Eagles entered the day tied for second place but were able to make some putts down the stretch to secure the outright runner-up finish.
"It is always awesome when you can walk away from a tournament with a piece of hardware," head coach Erika Brennan said after the tournament. "I was pleased with the overall effort today. The team responded to our meeting last night and tried to go out there with no expectations. The wind was up so the scores were a little bit higher. It was good to see them gut it out and fight to the finish. It was super close down the stretch and fortunately for us we were able to make some pars late that ended up being the difference to be able to finish as runner-ups.
"I want to thank assistant coach Eddie Brescher," Brennan continued. "He was our tournament director and it was unbelievable how he stepped up this week and handled all of the things behind the scenes to allow us all to relax and have stress free mornings. I would be remiss if I didn't make sure that I said thank you to him."
Barry (304-302-299--905) claimed the overall team title. The Bucs were in third place after one round, but moved into first place at the conclusion of day one. Barry continued its solid play with the only round under 300 (299) of the tournament to secure the victory.
Southern Miss (309-304-307--920) began the tournament in fifth place after the first round, but moved into a tie for second at the conclusion of the second round. The Golden Eagles edged Stetson (303-311-308--922) by one stroke in the final round to earn a second-place finish by two strokes.
St. Leo (303-310-314--927) and Jacksonville State (308-319-312--939) rounded out the top five in the team competition.
Individually, Barry's Tilda Larsson and Maria Paola Fiorio tied for individual low honors. The duo competed in a playoff with Larsson edging her teammate for individual medalist accolades.
For Southern Miss, all five team competitors finished in the top 25. Freshman Valentina Haupt led the way for the Golden Eagles with a fifth place finish. She carded rounds of 78-73-76 for a combined score of 227 for the top five finish. She was followed by Kelly Erasmus (76-77-78--231) whose steady performance led to a 10th place finish. Henriette Syr (76-78-80--234) finished three shots back to claim 19th place, while Emily Rose (79-76-80--235) and Devon Spriddle (83-79-73--235) were one shot off to tie for 24th. Spriddle carded the lowest round of the day for the Golden Eagles and tied with Haupt for the lowest Southern Miss score of the tournament at one over par.
The Golden Eagles had three golfers compete as individuals. Miranda Holt (81-77-80--238) led the way among the individuals, followed by Mackenzie Kelly (83-85-88--256). Jennifer Nguyen recorded scores of 81-82--164 in the first two rounds before having to withdraw from the competition
With the 2016 Golden Eagle Jam concluded, Southern Miss returns to action at the Bobby Nichols Intercollegiate (March 20-22) at the Sevierville Golf Club in Sevierville, Tenn.