Satasuk Captures Sixth Career Top 10 Finish
She finished 9th overall
HATTIESBURG, Miss. -- Senior Nichada Satasuk captured her sixth career top 10 finish after finishing 9th overall with a one-over 217 at the Lady Paladin Invitational.
Satasuk matched her previous round with another under par round, this time a two-under 70. She finished the back nine five-under, firing five birdies including two back-to-back sets.
"I had a rough start but I calmed down, focused on the process and started making birdies" Satasuk said. "I felt more comfortable on the course after I did that. The team energy was good and we really enjoyed this tournament."
The Chiangmai, Thailand native has now carded three rounds of par or better this season.
"Hats off to Nichada today," said Coach Erika Brennan. "Another round under par. It's unbelievable how she bounced back from her opening round 79, which was really uncharacteristic of her. She's playing stellar golf and she's right where she needs to be, especially as a leader on this team."
Valentina Haupt finished inside the top 25 for the tenth time in her career, finishing tied for 16th with a total of four-over 220.
"Today I didn't start off to a good start, but I managed to keep it somewhat decent," Haupt said. "I felt like it was a good tournament. Of course there are always thing to get better at, but as a whole I feel like we are headed on the right direction"
Haupt holed two birdies on the day, eight over the length of the whole tournament.
"I thought Valentina rallied and had a great tournament overall too," Brennan said. "I know she wants a couple late round shots back, but she had a phenomenal tournament."
The team battled with bogeys on longer holes at the beginning of the round, but fought back to finish 11-over on the day. The Golden Eagles finished the 54-holes with a 27-over, 9th overall
"Today I thought we started a little slow" Brennan said. "We started on some of the hardest holes, but didn't get off to the start that we wanted to get off to. The girls staying in the fight and really rallying during the stretch of those holes was very encouraging. Nichada went on a long birdie tear and Valentina made birdies, so we fought hard to bring it back in the middle of the round. We had a couple of late bogeys which limited us from moving further up the leaderboard, but to finish in the top half of this field, against strong competition, ahead of two SEC teams, is exciting for this program. With three freshman in the lineup all we can be is encouraged going forward."
In their first collegiate tournament, Freshmen Emily Cox shot an 11-over 227 and Valeria Pichardo shot a 25-over 241. The two finished tied for 45th and 81st, respectively. Ping Huang collected a 13-over 229 in her second tournament and finished tied for 52nd. Individual Miranda Holt ended with a 14-over 230 through the three day span and tied for 56th overall.
Southern Miss returns to its home state and will be back in action Oct. 1 through 3 in West Point, Miss. for the Mississippi State hosted Magnolia Collegiate at the Old Waverly Country Club.