Freshman Shines as Golden Eagles Tie Record in Opener
HATTIESBURG, Miss. – The 2017-18 Southern Miss Women’s Golf team made the record books on their first day of the season after shooting a 292 in the first round and a 594 on the day. Freshman Julie Baker also shot a 71 even-par in her very first round as a collegiate golfer.
“I was super nervous just going to the first hole, but everything was just so easy and very similar to high school, which I was very used to,” Baker said. “I was hitting my driver and irons great. I hit a lot of greens. I made new friends and it was great to get to play a lot of golf.”
Baker finished the day +6 and will begin tomorrow’s round tied for 42.
The Golden Eagles opening round ties the record for fourth lowest single round, previously set at the 2012 ULM Fred Marx Invitational, and the 36-hole total sets the record for seventh lowest two round score.
Senior Nichada Satasuk, who was Southern Miss’ top finisher in three events last year, slowly climbed the leaderboard in the second round to pass Baker with team’s lowest score for the day; +4. Satasuk ended Monday with a hold on a tie for 32.
Junior Valentina Haupt and freshman Ping Huang both ended the rounds +8 and are tied for 48. Senior Kayla Bloor rounds out the Golden Eagle five tied for 68 with a +17.
Next up: Southern Miss, paired with Augusta and Tulsa, will tee off on holes 11-15 with a 9 a.m. shotgun start tomorrow. Stats can be followed here.