Two Golden Eagles Perched in Top 10 after Round One
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.