Satasuk Ties Program Record during Second Round
HATTIESBURG, Miss. – Senior Nichada Satasuk tied the program record for second lowest round after shooting a 4-under 68 in the second round of the Lady Paladin Invitational. The team bested yesterday’s round by 14 strokes and moved three spots up the leaderboard to 8th overall.
"I'm so proud of these girls and how they responded to the challenge,” said Coach Erika Brennan “They took yesterday’s post-round conversation seriously and really took ownership for the controllable out there today as a result. I thought the energy and positivity was superb today and you got a real sense that they were playing for each other out there which is so important in our sport."
Satasuk climbed 43 spots from yesterday to be tied for 19th overall after 36 total holes. The Chiangmai, Thailand native’s round included five birdies and only one bogey. She now has two rounds of par or better on the year and 14 in her career, the second most by any Southern Miss golfer and only three away from tying the all-time record.
“What changed from yesterday is that I’m more confident today and I came in thinking that I owned this and owned this course,” Satasuk said. I’m more confident with my putting and my day went really well. The team score was good today too. Everyone improved. We were more encouraging today and had more energy.”
Satasuk bested her previous career-best of 69 that she shot at last year’s Kiawah Island Invitational.
"Gwad tore it up - it was so fun to see her bounce back and make a statement today,” Brennan said. “She played so confidently and surrendered the result and stuck with her process. Really, really proud of her."
Junior Valentina Haupt stayed solid today, carding a 1-over 73 and is tied for 9th. Haupt finished the back nine one-under, sinking birdies on holes 11, 13 and 18.
“I felt like I hit it really good today,” Haupt said. “I had a few bad breaks from great shots and that's were some of the bogeys came from, but overall it was good.”
Haupt has sunk the fifth most birdies ever with 138.
"Val backed up a great round yesterday with another really solid round today,” Brennan said. “She was striking it well and got some bad bounces out there but she stayed patient and didn't let it get to her. I think she's posed to have a really great year."
The team fired 13 total birdies in the round and holed a three-under as a team on 13.
Freshman Ping Huang and Emily Cox also had steady rounds for the Golden Eagles. Huang shot a two-over 74 and Cox a three-over 75. The two will begin tomorrow’s final round tied for 55th and 27th, respectively.
"Ping and Emily were both rock solid for us today and that's what it takes at this level,” Brennan said. “I think they both learned so much from their rounds yesterday and the effort today showed. They shined out there and I'm really encouraged by what we saw out of them."