Golden Eagles Add to Record Book in Final Round
HATTIESBURG, Miss. -- The Southern Miss Women's Golf team wrapped up the third and final day of the Jim West Challenge by making their mark in the Golden Eagle record book. The team's round score of 286 is the second lowest round in program history. The final round included 70 holes or par or better.
"I'm pleased with the way the girls fought today," Head coach Erika Brennan said. "It was incredible how they rallied after an awesome team meeting last night. I think today that they showed what they're capable of. Even though there are things we will improve upon going forward, it is always exciting to finish on a high note like today!"
Nichada Satasuk's even round score of 71 gives her 13 career rounds of par or better, the second most in program history. The senior moved four spots on the leaderboard in last day of completion to finish tied for 28th.
"I am very happy with how the team finished for our first event of the season," Satasuk said. "We all encouraged each other a lot and the team environment was great with everyone. The course was in incredible condition and we really enjoyed ourselves. I'm excited to see what the semester has to bring!"
In just her third round of collegiate golf, freshman Ping Huang carded a -1 70. That brought her 58-hole total to 220 and set the underclassman tied for 37th. For the team, she averaged the best score on Par 3 holes.
"I had a lot of nervous energy yesterday during the round because it was my first collegiate tournament," Huang said. "Today I just took it one shot at a time and wanted to play well so I could make Golden Eagle nation proud. I'm so proud of my team today and I really look forward to this season with this amazing team!"
Valentina Haupt fired 14 holes of par or better in her seven spot climb to be tied for 41st. Her third round score of 71 brings her career rounds of par or better to eight. The junior also sank back-to-back birdies on holes 14 and 15.
Freshman Julie Baker tallied three total birdies in the ending round to finish +3 over at 74. Her 222 total put her tied for 44th overall.
Senior Kayla Bloor gathered a 77 in her final round to finish with a 236 total and end tied for 67th.
Next up: The Golden Eagles take a bye week before heading to Greenville, S.C. for the Lady Paladin Tournament Sept. 22-24.