Sept. 25, 2012
Monroe, La. - The Southern Miss women's golf squad fired a final round 301 to win the ULM Fred Marx Invitational, hosted by Louisiana-Monroe and played at the par-72, 6,114-yard Bayou DeSiard Country Club.
It is the first tournament victory for Southern Miss since winning the 2009 Lady Eagle Invitational and just the 10th team title in school history.
The Lady Eagles finished with a 54-hole score of 894, 30-over par, four strokes ahead of second-place Sam Houston State. The 54-hole score is a new school record and the first sub-900 score in school history. The 30-over par is also a new record for score relative to par.
"I couldn't be prouder of this team," said head coach Julie Gallup. "They have been working diligently, and it is paying off. They are talented and they deserve everything that is coming their way."
Junior Brandi Rodriguez shot her second straight 71 to finish one-under par in second-place, which is the best finish of her career. Her 54-hole score of 215 tied the school record, and she is just the second Lady Eagle to finish a tournament under par. The final round 71 is the sixth round of par or better in her career and the finish is the fourth top five of her career.
Freshman Juliana Herrera shot a final round 75 to finish in sixth-place at five-over par 221. It is her first-ever top 10 finish. Senior Vicky Correa and sophomore Sarah Hicks tied for 23rd-place at 13-over par. Correa carded a final round 79 while Hicks posted a 76. Junior Kaylee Random shot a final round 83 to finish in 76th-place.
Lamar's Julie Aime earned medalist honors at two-under par.
The Lady Eagles return to the links in two weeks when travel to Greenville, N.C., for the Lady Pirate Invitational, Oct. 8-9.
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