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Melissa Eaton
Height: 5'4"
Class: Senior
Experience: 4 Letters
City/State: Kwazulu Natal, South Africa
High School: Port Shepstone HS
Melissa Eaton Bio
Courtesy: LSUsports.net (@LSUsports)
Release: 06/14/2007

2007 LSWA Louisiana Player of the Year
2007 LSWA First Team All-Louisiana
2006 LSWA Louisiana Player of the Year
2006 LSWA First-Team All-Louisiana
2006 SEC Academic Honor Roll
2005 All-SEC First Team
2005 LSWA First-Team All-Louisiana
2004 Freshman SEC Academic Honor Roll

SENIOR SEASON (2006-07)
Led the team in stroke average for the second straight year at 75.40 for 32 rounds ... Finishes her career with the seventh (twice, 75.00) and ninth (75.40) best single season stroke averages in school history ... Career stroke average of 75.58 is the third best in school history ... Her 123 rounds played is the eighth best in a career at LSU ... Had two more top 10s to finish with 10 for her career ... Finished fourth in the Cougar Classic at one-under 215 (73-69-73) and sixth at the Liz Murphey Intercollegiate at six-over 219 (70-73-76) ... Five rounds at par or under, giving her 17 for her career ... Just two rounds in the 80s ... Played eventual NCAA Champion, Stacey Lewis of Arkansas, to all square in a match with Arkansas in the NGCA Hooter's Women's National Match Play Championship.

JUNIOR SEASON (2005-06)
Led the team in stroke average at 75.00 for 37 rounds, ironically exactly the same stroke average as her sophomore season, but for 10 more rounds ... Equals the seventh best single season stroke average at LSU ... Having played in all 37 possible rounds for the season, becomes the fifth golfer at LSU to play that many in a single season, joining Michelle Louviere, Laura Moore, Katy Harris and Ashley Winn in the 1997-98 season ... Career stroke average for 91 rounds in three seasons at LSU of 75.66 ranks her third all-time behind only U.S. Women's Amateur Champion Meredith Duncan (75.01, 1999-02) and All-American Katy Harris (75.48, 1998-01) ... Had three top 10 finishes to up her career total to eight -- fifth in the Central District Invitational (74-76-73 -- 223), second in the LSU/Cleveland Golf Classic (73-66-72, 211) and for the second straight year, a tie for fifth at SEC Women's Golf Championships (76-76-68 -- 220) ... Six-under 66 in the second round at the LSU University Club Course in the LSU/Cleveland Golf Classic marked the second lowest round in school history ... Tied for 20th in the NCAA East Regional with a four-over 220 (70-76-74) ... Just three rounds in the 80s this season and 34 rounds counted for team score.

SOPHOMORE SEASON (2004-05)
Second on the team in stroke average at 75.00 for 27 rounds, after averaging 73.75 for the 12 rounds in the fall ... Seventh player in LSU's women's golf history to average 75 or better for a season ... Fifth best career scoring average, 76.13, in school history ... Dropped scoring average over two strokes from 77.26 in her freshman year to 75.00 ... Four top 10s this year -- tie 10th at Mercedes-Benz Championships (74-73-75 -- 222); tie 5th at SEC/ACC Challenge (73-69-73 -- 215); tie 9th at Lady Gamecock Classic (79-76-81 -- 236); and tie fifth at SEC Women's Championships (77-73-75 -- 225) ... 69 in second round at SEC/ACC Challenge marks 16th time an LSU player has shot three under or better in a round ... Five career top 10s ... Team best 24.5 of 27 rounds counted for team score (90.7%) and 25 of 27 rounds in the 70s.
 
FRESHMAN SEASON (2003-04)
Played in nine tournaments, 27 rounds, averaging 77.26 ... Had one top ten, finishing in a tie for sixth in the Central District Tournament (75-75-75 - 225), helping LSU to a team victory ... Had two other top 20 finishes, finishing 17th in the LSU/Cleveland Golf Classic and 20th in the Lady Gamecock Classic ... Had low round of 71 in the middle round of the Furman Lady Paladin.
 
PRIOR TO LSU
Participated in hockey, swimming and tennis, besides golf at the Port Shepstone High School ... Began playing golf at the age of 12 ... In December 2000, both Melissa and her sister were invited to join the Ernie Els Foundation, a non-profit organization started by the South African PGA star to help develop junior golfers through 2003 ... In 2001, Melissa was selected to represent the South African Golf Foundation in the Junior Dutch International event, placing sixth ... Ranked 10th in the South African Ladies Order of Merit. Second in Kwazulu Natal order of merit in 2001, 2002 ... Represented the Kwazulu Natal Ladies team in 2000-03. In 2002, won 72-hole team champs and South African Interprovincial ... Tied with twin sister, Nicola, in the 2002 KZN junior championships at Royal Durban with scores of 147 ... Sportswoman of the Year in 2001 for Port Shepstone Country Club ... Golf coach Derek James and mom, Colleen.
 
PERSONAL
Full name is Melissa Jane Eaton ... Born on Jan. 15, 1985 ... Right-handed ... Parents are Terence and Colleen Eaton ... Major at LSU: business administration.
 
Collegiate Finishes

2006-07
Cougar Classic 73-69-73 -- 215 4
Mason Rudolph Championship 70-73-77 -- 220 t24
Lady Tar Heel Invitational         85-76-72 -- 233 t45
Auburn "Derby" Invitational       77-79 -- 156 t39
Central District Invitational        77-73-82 -- 232 t42
UCF Challenge 78-69-79 -- 226 t20
LSU/Cleveland Golf Classic      79-77-75 -- 231 t49
Liz Murphey Intercollegiate       70-73-76 -- 219 t6
Bryan National Collegiate         77-77-77 -- 231 t39
SEC Women's Championship   74-79-79 -- 232 t40
NCAA East Regional   68-74-75 -- 217 t26
Totals 32 rounds -- 75.40 avg.

2005-06
Cougar Classic 78-74-74 -- 226 t35
Lady Tar Heel 80-74-75 -- 229 t32
Chrysler Challenge 81-75-73 -- 229 t17
Auburn "The Derby" 79-79-77 -- 235 t57
Central District Invitational 74-76-73 -- 223 5
LSU/Cleveland Golf Classic 73-66-72 -- 211 2
Dr. Donnis Thompson Invitational 75-81-74 -- 230 t26
Bryan National Collegiate 79-75-73 -- 227 t30
SEC Women's Championship 76-76-68 -- 220 t5
Lady Buckeye Spring Invite 71-75-76 -- 222 t17
NCAA East Regional 70-76-74 -- 220 t20
NCAA Division I Championships 75-78-76-73 -- 302 t53
Totals 37 rounds -- 75.00 avg.

2004-05
Cougar Classic 74-74-75 -- 223 t6
Mason Rudolph Championships 72-81-72 -- 225 t33
Mercedes-Benz Championships 73-74-75 -- 222 t10
SEC/ACC Challenge 73-69-73 -- 215 t5
Lady Gamecock Challenge 79-76-81 -- 236 t9
LSU/Cleveland Golf Classic 78-73-72 -- 223 t13
Liz Murphey Collegiate 78-76-77 -- 231 t35
SEC Women's Championships 77-73-75 -- 225 t5
NCAA Central Regional 73-78-74 -- 225 t13
Total 27 rounds -- 75.00 avg.
 
2003-04
Price's Give Em 5 Intercollegiate 82-73-72 - 227  t22
Mercedes-Benz Championships 75-78-84 - 237 t65
Furman Lady Paladin 82-71-79 - 232 t33
Nokia Sugar Bowl Classic 78-76-91 - 245  t28
Central District Tournament 75-75-75 - 225 t6
LSU/Cleveland Golf Classic 72-80-77 - 229 t17
Lady Gamecock Classic 79-75-80 - 234  20
SEC Women's Championships 76-75-78 - 229  t39
NCAA East Women's Regional 80-75-73 - 228 t24
Totals 27 rounds - 77.26 avg.
 
Career Records
Rounds: 123
Strokes: 9,297
Average: 75.58
Rounds of Par or Under: 17
Low Round: 66, 2006 LSU/Cleveland Golf Classic, 2nd round
Low Tournament (54 holes): 211, 2006 LSU/Cleveland Golf Classic
Top 10 Finishes: 10
Best Finish: 2nd, 2006 LSU/Cleveland Golf Classic

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