Oct. 29, 2013
Gulf Shores, Ala. - Senior Brandi Rodriguez parred the second hole of a playoff to win the UAB Fall Beach Bash. The tournament was hosted by UAB at the par-72, 6,050-yard Peninsula Golf & Racquet Club.
Rodriguez, who came into the round three shots back of the lead, fired a tournament-low 71 in the final round to force a playoff with Austin Peay's Tala Mumford. After both parred the first hole, Mumford bogeyed the second and Rodriguez finished out the comeback with a par.
"I am so proud of Brandi and all of her hard work," said Southern Miss head coach Julie Gallup. "Her tournament results are really starting to show all of her talent and dedication that has been there for years. She's finally starting to reap the benefits of all her hard work and I think that this is just the start of very good things for her in the near future."
It is Rodriguez' second career victory, having also won the 2013 Lady Eagle Invitational. She joins Jennifer Keefe and Erin Doyle as the only Lady Eagles with multiple victories in their career. The 71 also gives her five rounds of par or better on the year and 12 for her career.
Southern Miss tied for fifth-place with Sam Houston State at 29-over par after shooting a final round 303.
Sophomore Juliana Herrera tied for 13th-place at five-over par after carding a 77. It is the first top 20 finish of the year and Herrera's fourth of her career.
Redshirt senior Lauren Judson shot a 78 to finish nine-over par, her best finish of the season. Senior Kaylee Random, playing as an individual, posted a season-best 76 to sit tie for 34thth-place at 11-over par.
Freshman Emily Ross tied 47th-place after posting a 77 to finish 15-over par. Sophomore Jennifer Nguyen, playing as an individual, carded an 84 to finish 17-over par to tie for 55th-place and freshman Devon Spriddle finished 18-over par in a 57th-place tie after carding a 78.
Tulsa won the team tournament at 14-over par, four shots in front of second-place Louisiana-Monroe.