March 11, 2014
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - The Southern Miss women's golf team shot a final round 307 to win the 20th annual Lady Eagle Invitational. The tournament is being played at the par-72, 6,111-yard Hattiesburg Country Club.
The Lady Eagles finished 32-over par, three shots ahead of second-place Memphis. It is the second straight year that they won the tournament and the fifth time overall.
Senior Brandi Rodriguez carded a 74 to finish even-par and for the tournament, earning medalist honors. It is the second straight victory for Rodriguez, as she closed the fall season the fall season with a victory at the UAB Fall Beach Bash. She becomes the just the third individual to twice win the Lady Eagle Invitational and the first player in school history with at least three victories.
Freshman Devon Spriddle tied for eighth-place at eight over par after posting a 79. It is her first career top ten finish and her 36-hole score of 152 is a career-low.
Senior Lauren Judson and sophomore Juliana Herrera both shot a 77 to tie for 16th-place. It is Judson's first top 20 finish of the year and fourth of her career, while Herrera recorded her second top 20 finish of the year and fifth of her career.
Sophomore Jennifer Nguyen posted an 80 to finish in a 42nd-place tie at 18-over par. Freshman Emily Ross finished 21-over par in a tie for 56th-place after shooting an 86. Senior Kaylee Random tied for 49th-place at 23-over par after carding an 86. Sophomore MacKenzie Kelly and junior Charlotte McLoughlin shot a 90 and 95 to finish in 71st and 76th-place, respectively.
"I am so proud of Brandi and this team," said Southern Miss head coach Julie Gallup. "We have had a very tough spring weather-wise and they have embraced other alternative practice that included indoors. If you would have asked me if we would be standing here accepting this trophy a few weeks ago I may have not believed you. When the weather has been good the girls have made tremendous use of their time. Our new short game facility is definitely paying dividends."
The Lady Eagles return to the links this weekend when they travel to Augusta, Ga., for the Jaguar Invitational, March 14-16.