HATTIESBURG, Miss. -- Senior Kelly Erasmus' 71 (-1) led the Golden Eagles at the second day of the Conference USA Championship in Fort Myers, Fla. and was the third lowest round of the day.
Sophomore Henriette Syr followed her first round performance with a 74 (+2) and retains her third overall spot from the previous day. The Golden Eagles will start the third round in seventh place on the Par 72, 6,194 yard Old Orange course.
Erasmus has now shot 10 rounds of par or better this season, tied for second most in a single campaign, and has tallied the most birdies in a single season, 84, after sinking four today. She'll begin the last round of her career tied for 20th.
Syr's second round saw a team-high five birdies and eight pars to give her a 74 (+2). The Norwegians' 77 total birdies this season are the second most in program history.
Junior Nichada Satasuk gathered a 78 (+6) and is in tied for 14th, Sophomore Valentina Haupt shot an 80 (+8) to sit 51st overall and Senior Emily Ross fired an 81 (+9) and will start the final round in 50th.
Quote from head coach Erika Brennan:
"Today was not the day we wanted but the girls continually give it their all and never give up. No matter the score they make me proud because of who they are becoming - it's a special group! Tomorrow we are ready to leave it all out there. I know we are capable of a great round - it's definitely within us."
Quote from Henriette Syr:
"Today was challenging from start to finish. We didn't play as good as we hoped, but we know that tomorrow can be very different. I'm excited to give it one last try and finish strong as a team."
Quote from Kelly Erasmus:
"The weather was great today and the energy was high even though we had a tough day throughout the lineup. But we know what we are capable of and all we can do now is try and put a low round together for the final day."
Southern Miss, paired with North Texas and UTEP, will tee off at 7:50 a.m. CT from the back nine.