Women's Golf Looks To Have Another Historic Season In 2016
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - The 2015-2016 Southern Miss Golden Eagles' women's golf team was the best in program history. A third place finish at the Conference USA Championship headlined the season along with first place finishes in two tournaments, seven finishes in the top four and a program best scoring average of 306.45.
Head Coach Erika Brennan said that her roster this year is made up of girls that, "get it," and that there is nothing better than that.
"What could be more exciting for a coach than to have a team that just `gets it,'" Brennan said. "Last year we laid the foundation but we will need to raise the bar again this year against stronger competition. We return all of our starters and with the addition of two transfers I believe that we can be even stronger on the course this year."
This season's roster is made up of seniors Kelly Erasmus, Devon Spriddle, Emily Ross, and sophomores Valentina Haupt, Miranda Holt and Henriette Syr. Kayla Bloor, a junior from Florida State University, and Nichada Satasuk, a junior from Seminole State Community College, join the team as transfers.
Erasmus, Haupt, Syr and Spriddle all had individual season average scores that landed them in the top 15 averages in program history. The team's finish at the 2015 UAB Fall Beach Bash tied the programs lowest total score for a 36 hole tournament and the finish at the C-USA Championship was the second lowest for a 54 hole tournament in program history.
"I am excited for us to come back from a refreshing break and prove that we can compete with a more competitive schedule," Erasmus said. "We have a very strong roster which will keep us all at our best to make the team."
The ladies return to their home at the Hattiesburg County Club August 26 for their first practice.
The Sept. 10 through 12 USA Intercollegiate Tournament in Mobile, Alabama, will be the team's first chance to show they're ready for a schedule that features only two tournaments from the previous year.
"We will need to be incredibly diligent in learning these new courses during our practice rounds and making sure that we are mentally prepared before we even get in the van each week," Brennan said. "The girls have put in a lot of work this summer and I'm excited to get the season underway."