Women's Golf Ties Program Record with Tournament Victory
HATTIESBURG, Miss. – The Southern Miss Women’s Golf team took home the team championship at the 40th Annual Pat Bradley Invitational in record setting fashion. The team’s 54-hole total of 873 ties the program record that was set at last year’s Kiawah Island Intercollegiate and is tied for the third lowest total in the tournament’s history. The Golden Eagle’s third round score of one-under 287 is the first under par round score on the season.
"I'm so proud of the way these girls battled today,” said Coach Erika Brennan. “They stayed patient and executed and, as coaches, it was awesome to see their hard work paying off. The freshman stepped up so big today and I hope that gives them even more confidence going forward. Everybody contributed today and we contained the big numbers. It was a special day out there and I'm so proud."
Freshmen Julie Baker took home her first career top-five finish after carding a two-over 218 tournament total for 3rd overall on the leaderboard. Baker also collected her second round of par or better on the season after shooting two-under in the second round.
“It’s such a great feeling seeing everyone’s hard work paying off and everyone playing so well going into the off season. I’m super excited to finish in the top-five because it helps me see that I’m improving and can really compete at the collegiate level. I am so proud of our team. Everyone played lights out and it was so fun to be a part of.”
Baker tallied nine birdies in her three rounds, seven of them coming in today’s 36 holes, and 36 total pars. The freshman also owned the second best par 4 average for the tournament.
“The first round I was two under through 14, but I started to lose my focus. Coach told me that I can do well and that I needed to finish strong and focus. Coach's advice helped a lot and I stayed strong and focused for the second round. I'm so proud of my team today. This win and my top-10 finish are a great way to end my first season of college golf. I can't wait until spring season.”
Huang now has two rounds of par or better on the season after carding an even-par 72 in the first round, This is her first career top-10 finish. Satasuk notched her fifth round of par or better this season after a three-under 69 performance to end the day.
“I am so proud of how the team rallied today.” Satasuk said. “We knew we had to leave it all out there, and we are so happy to finish the season off strong. I felt good on the course today and loved the team atmosphere! It's a great feeling knowing what's still to come next semester!”
Junior Valentina Haupt tallied a five-over 221 over the two days of competition and found herself in 13th overall when it was all said and done.
Freshmen Emily Cox finished in a three way tie for 40th after gathering a 14-over 230 over the span of the tournament.
This is the Golden Eagles sixth tournament title under Brennan and the first of the 2017-18 campaign.
The team will take a break until spring season starts and will return to action Feb. 19 through 20 at the Louisville hosted Moon Golf Intercollegiate in Melbourne, Fla.