Haupt Finishes in Top Five at Magnolia Invitational
HATTIESBURG, Miss. – Southern Miss women’s golfer Valentina Haupt captured her fifth career top five finish after finishing tied for 5th at the Magnolia Invitational.
The junior fired a two-under 70 on the final day of the tournament at the 6,320 yard Old Waverly Golf Club to bring her 54-hole total to a two-under 214.
“I’m really glad I finished with a good round,” Haupt said. “I started a little slow but after my back-to-back birdies I got confident and started to be more aggressive. I felt really good today and I felt I gave myself many birdies opportunities. A top five finish is always good.”
This is Haupt’s first top five finish since a 5th place finish at the 2016 USA Intercollegiate. It’s her fourth round of par or better this season and the twelfth of her career. This was also her first career cumulative 54-hole total under par.
“Val had an amazing tournament.” said Coach Erika Brennan. “To be two-under in a field like that, on a difficult golf course was incredible for her and her confidence. She has really matured as a player and it’s a lot of fun to watch her stay patient and know when to attack. She has a great sense of her strengths and weaknesses in her game and it’s very difficult to outwork her. It’s not surprising, at all, to see her playing fantastic golf and I still think her best golf is in front of her, which is really encouraging.
The Golden Eagles’ next top performers were senior Nichada Satasuk and freshman Ping Huang. Both players ended tied for 32nd with a nine-over 225. Satasuk shot a 78 on the day while Huang carded a two-over 74.
“Today I got off to a very fast start and I was two under through nine holes,” Huang said. “Although I didn't finished how I wanted to, I finished strong and was very happy with the round of golf I played today.
Huang and Satasuk gathered three birdies on the day.
Freshman Emily Cox moved five spots up the leaderboard after shooting her best round of the tournament, a two-over 74, to finish tied for 41st. The South Carolinian holed back-to-back birdies on holes 15 and 16.
Fellow freshman Julie Baker also sank back-to-back birdies during the round, coming on holes 2 and 3. She ended tied for 56th.
Individual Miranda Holt submitted a seven-over 79 in her last round to finish tied for 60th.
Southern Miss ended the tournament in 7th after shooting an 890 total, the sixth lowest 54-hole total in program history.
“Overall I’m really pleased with how we did this week,” Brennan said. “We’ve got to get a little more consistent in order to put up three solid rounds, but kudos to the girls for how they bounced back after a poor first round to put up two numbers below 300, especially with three freshman in the lineup. It’s awesome because the freshman are getting a ton of experience right out of the gate, which is going to help them so much as we move into the spring portion of our season. I think they’re rising to the occasion and putting up some great numbers for us so far. There’s definitely things we can continue to work on to get better, but overall it was a good tournament for us.”
The Golden Eagles will have 18 days to prepare for their final tournament of the fall season, the FIU hosted Pat Bradley Invitational on Oct. 22-24. Last season, Southern Miss finished fourth place after shooting an 881 total.
“It’s going to be great to reset now and have almost two weeks to prepare for our final tournament of the fall,” Brennan said. “The girls will have a few days off to focus on academics and then we’ll get right back after it next week preparing for our final fall tournament. This is an incredible group of girls. I love being able to be around them. We’re incredibly blessed to have the team dynamic that we do.”