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Golden Eagles Climb Leaderboard on Second Day of Tournament

Oct. 2, 2017

HATTIESBURG, Miss. – The Southern Miss Women’s Golf team shot a three-over 291 today in the second round of the Magnolia Invite at the Old Waverly Golf Club in West Point, Miss. The Golden Eagles climbed two spots up the leaderboard today and will begin the final round tied with LSU for 6th place.

"Today was much more controlled golf and it was a blast,” said Coach Erika Brennan. “We felt like our energy was steady - not too high and not too low even after a bad shot. The team stayed patient and grounded through tough stretches to end their rounds on high notes.”

Senior Nichada Satasuk led the team with an ever-par 72 on the day. Her round included staying 1-under on the back nine, two birdies and her first eagle at Southern Miss.

“I started out slow today, but I hit it much better so I felt better on the course,” Satasuk said. “I knew I had to finish strong after making two mistakes, but it felt great to finish with an eagle. The team energy was great and we all played the golf know we can play. I'm excited for a great final round tomorrow.

Satasuk bounced nine spots up the leaderboard and is tied for 16th overall.

Three Golden Eagles, junior Valentina Haupt and freshman Julie Baker and Ping Huang, carded one-over 73s on the day.

Haupt’s 18 holes included four birdies and the first hole-in-one of her career.

“I knew I was hitting it good so I could make some birdies at the end and that was when my hole in one came,” Haupt said. “It's a tough hole and the wind was blowing. As soon as I hit it Coach and I knew it was going to be good, but we never thought it was going to go in. We heard screams but we really didn’t know what was going on because it was almost a blind shot. It was really exciting. Coach and I couldn't believe it.”

Haupt’s second round bumped her two spots up the leaderboard into a seven way tie for 6th.

Huang collected three birdies for a 10 spot jump to be tied for 32nd. Baker’s second set of 18 led to a 14 spot rise to be tied with freshman classmate Emily Cox for 46th. Cox gathered a four-over 76 for a one spot move up the leaderboard.

Individual Miranda Holt shot a four-over 76 for a one spot rise to 59th.

“Now we've got to work on our consistency and stringing good rounds together,” Brennan said. “Hats off to this team, they're a stellar group and always eager to learn. Tomorrow we need to be focused and committed and if we can do those two things then we know we can put up good numbers.”

Paired with Mississippi State and Auburn, the Golden Eagles will begin the final round with an 8:00 a.m. shotgun start tomorrow.

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

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