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Two Golden Eagles in Top 25 after 18 at Magnolia Invite

Oct. 1, 2017

HATTIESBURG, Miss. – Southern Miss junior Valentina Haupt and senior Nichada Satasuk are both in the top 25 after completing round one at the Magnolia Invitational in West Point, Miss.

Haupt fired a one-under 71 and Satasuk carded a three-over 75. The two sit 8th and tied for 25th, respectively.

“It was a good day out there today,” Haupt said. “I played steady golf and stayed patient and confident that a birdie would come. The last five holes are a tough stretch and we knew that we had to play them smart.”

This is Haupt’s third round of par or better this season and the eleventh of her career, the fourth most of any Southern Miss golfer. Her three birdies all came on the back nine with two of them on holes 16 and 18.

“I bogeyed 17 and knew that after a great day I didn't want to finish bogey, bogey,” Haupt said.” So, after missing my approach shot on 18, I chipped it in for birdie. It was great since all my teammates were there and I finished under par”

Additionally, Haupt leads the field with a 3.80 scoring average on par-4 holes.

Satasuk’s started off slow, bogeying two of her first three holes, but she was able to then rattle off 14 holes, seven straight, of par or better.

“I was not hitting the ball as well as I needed to, but I found a way to scramble and keep making pars,” Satasuk said. “I really enjoyed the course, it was challenging today. The team energy was good and we need to rally together tomorrow for a great round!”

Satasuk tallied three birdies on the day and now has 18 on the season.

“Today produced some great opportunities to learn going forward,” said Coach Erika Brennan. “I'm really proud of Val and Gwad for how they have been playing. They're leading by example, and it's great to see them playing consistently.”

The rest of the lineup, Ping Huang, Emily Cox and Julie Baker, will begin tomorrow tied for 42nd, tied for 47th and tied for 60th after shooting six-over, seven-over and 10-over, individually. Individual Miranda Holt is also tied for 60th with a 10-over.

Holt collected two birdies during her round.

The team gathered a 15-over 303 on the day and will be in 8th place to begin tomorrow’s round.

“We've still got to minimize big numbers if we want to be successful in these fields this season,” Brennan said. “We know what we've got to do and now it's time to execute that plan - we're ready for tomorrow."

Paired with LSU and Augusta, Southern Miss will tee off every 10 minutes from 9:30 a.m. to 10:10 a.m. on hole 10. Holt will be paired with individuals from Tennessee and Mississippi State. She’ll tee off at 8:30 a.m. from hole 10.

Follow the team on Instagram for photo, video and story updates from the course. Live stats for the whole tournament can be found through Golfstat.

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