Haupt Leads Team in South Carolina
HATTIESBURG, Miss. – Junior Valentina Haupt leads the Southern Miss Women’s Golf team and is tied for 6th overall after the first 18 holes at the Lady Paladin Invitational.
“Val played a stellar round and Emily played great in her collegiate debut,” said Coach Erika Brennan. We couldn't have asked for more from those two - they fought and hung in there all the way through.”
The Santiago, Chile native fired a one-under-par 71 that included three birdies, bringing her career total to sixth most in program history (135). This is her second round of par or better this season and the ninth of her career.
“Today I started off slowly but well,” Haupt said. “I knew pars weren't going to hurt me with these greens, but I also knew if I kept hitting greens at least one putt was going to fall. After my back to back birdies, I felt more confident to start attacking pins and I believe that helped me throughout the last stretch. We still have two more rounds to go and, happily, we know what we have to do to be in a better place tomorrow. We know that the pins are going to continue to be tricky, but if we play smart golf we are going to be just fine.”
In her first collegiate round, Emily Cox carded a two-over 74 and sits in a five way tie for 18th. The freshman collected three birdies in her debut round, including one on the last hole of the round.
“I was a little nervous getting started but I had a par on the first hole so I felt confident after that,” Cox said. “I had a few bad holes on my back nine but then I ended with a birdie. I feel pretty good going into tomorrow.”
Senior Nichada Satasuk shot a seven-over 79 and freshman Ping Huang and junior Miranda Holt, competing as an individual, both gathered eight-over 80. Freshman Valeria Pichardo registered a nine-over 81 in the first round.
The team is tied for 11th overall after shooting 16-over on the round.
“We have to stop making careless errors and clean up some glaring course management issues going forward,” Brennan said. “I'm encouraged though, we had a great post round conversation, and left on a positive note. We're already chomping at the bit to get back after it tomorrow."
The Golden Eagles will be paired with Augusta and Georgia State tomorrow. Tee times are every nine minutes from 9:09 a.m. ET to 9:36 a.m. at hole 10.
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