HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - The University of Southern Mississippi's Valentina Haupt and Derick Kelting were honored Wednesday as Conference USA Women's Golfer of the Week and Men's Golfer of the Week, respectively.
Haupt, a sophomore from Santiago, Chile, shot a career-best, three-round 217 at the Henssler Financial Intercollegiate at Pinetree Country Club in Kennesaw, Georgia.
Haupt finished sixth individually in a field that included six collegiate golfers ranked in the top 100. It was her second top-10 finish of the season and sixth top 10 of her career.
Haupt's 71 in the final round tied for the second-best score of the day, and she tied for third in the field by averaging par on the course's par-4 holes. Of the 54 holes played, Haupt managed 37 pars and eight birdies.
The weekly honor was the first in Haupt's career and the second for a Lady Eagle this year (Kelly Erasmus, Oct. 12).
Kelting, a sophomore from Amarillo, Texas, shot a 1-over-par 217 in the three-round Florida Atlantic University Slomin Autism Invitational in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, Kelting posted a pair of under-par rounds, including a final-round, 4-under-par-68.
The 68 tied his career-low round, and helped him finish a career-best fourth. Kelting's efforts helped the Golden Eagles finish fourth in the 13-team field.
Kelting was tied for fourth with 13 birdies among the field's 74 players, and his 6-under-par play on the course's par-holes was tied for fifth-best among the field.
It was Kelting's first C-USA weekly honor and the first for a Golden Eagle since Casey Fernandez (April 8, 2015).