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Two Golden Eagles Perched in Top 10 after Round One

Oct. 22, 2017

HATTIESBURG, Miss. – Southern Miss women’s golfers Valentina Haupt and Ping Huang landed in the top 10 after the first round of the 40th Annual Pat Bradley Invitational. The team shot a nine-over 297 at the Lakewood Ranch Golf Club and is in third place overall.

Haupt fired an even-par 72, her fifth round of par or better on the year, and Huang gathered a one-over 73.

“Today I felt like I hit it really good,” Haupt said. “I had one or two bad swings and a couple of putts that could’ve fallen and that’s what stopped me for being under par. Overall it was a good day out there. As a team we played good, as the wind picked up we left a few shots out there but nothing that we can’t do talk and do better tomorrow. Tomorrow is going to be a long day but I believe we are prepared for it.”

Haupt holed three birdies on the day and currently has the second best par 3 average in the 78 golfer field.

Huang sank four birdies, the second most of the field, and had the best par 4 scoring average.

“Today I started off with a birdie and it gave me a lot confidence,” Huang said. “I was hitting the ball well today, I hit 15 greens. Even though I didn't finish how I wanted, I still had a fun day playing golf in Florida for the first time. Tomorrow will be tougher in the rain but I will definitely still stay strong, stay focus, and stay confident.”

Julie Baker is the next Golden Eagle on the leaderboard, collecting a three-over 75 to sit in an eight way tie for 19th.

Nichada Satasuk and Emily Cox make up the rest of the Southern Miss lineup with a five-over 77 and 12-over 84, respectively. Satasuk will begin the second round tied for 37th and Cox will begin tied for 75th.

Beginning with an 8:30 a.m. tee time, the Golden Eagles will be paired with USF and Boston College for the last 36 holes.

Follow the team on Instagram for photo, video and story updates from the course. Live stats for the next round can be found via Birdie Fire.

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