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Ole Miss began a new era in women's golf in 2015, bringing head coach Kory Henkes to the program. Henkes and assistant coach Drew Belt have quickly transformed the Rebel program over the past three seasons.

Early in the 2017-18 campaign, the Rebels reached new heights. Ole Miss co-hosted the inaugural Magnolia Invitational in Oct. 2017 and secured its first team title under Henkes and Belt. The Rebels shot the lowest score in a tournament win in program history (854) and were just one stroke off of the team's all-time 54-hole mark. Julia Johnson led the way for Ole Miss, becoming the program's first freshman to win a 54-hole tournament, emerging victorious after a two-hole playoff at Old Waverly Golf Club.

That win proved to be a turning point for the Rebels. Ole Miss went on to win three straight tournament titles to close out its fall season—a school record for consecutive team tournament wins. The Rebels tied the 1992-93 squad as the winningest in a single season in program history. After the Magnolia win, the Rebels secured a second-consecutive sweep, as junior Diane Lim won the individual title at the Palmetto Intercollegiate in just her third event in red and blue. Ole Miss nearly achieved a third sweep but settled for six players in the top 15 en route to a Rainbow Wahine Invitational triumph.

The 2016-17 season saw the Rebels break a school record for the lowest single-round average in program history at 298.47, the first sub-300 average in school record book. Ole Miss also enjoyed its first individual medalist under Henkes when Katy Harris won the 2016 Palmetto Intercolleigate. The Rebels nearly had another as Martina Flori finished runner-up at El Tigre Invitational in the spring.

The Rebels showed signs of program improvement in Henkes' first year with a seventh-place finish at the 2016 SEC Championship, its best since 2009 at the conference tournament. 

Henkes came to Oxford after a four-year stint as head coach at Augusta University. She had six years of head coaching experience under her belt prior to coming to Oxford. Henkes was successful in building Augusta into a perennial top-25 program over the course of her four years at the helm. The Jaguars advanced to the NCAA Regionals in three of Henkes' four years and the former South Carolina standout hopes to have that same kind of success to Ole Miss.

There have been successful runs in the Rebels’ program in recent memory. Ole Miss appeared in four straight NCAA regionals from 2009 to 2012 under head coach Michele Drinkard. During that run, Dori Carter became the first ever All-American in the history of the program.  Carter, a native of Valdosta, Ga., ended her career as one of the top golfers in the history of the program. She ranks in the top two in nearly every category, including the lowest stroke average in a season with a 72.84 in 2008-09.

Overall, Ole Miss has been to NCAA Regionals in 1998, 1999, 2003, 2004, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012.  Eight Rebels have earned All-SEC honors, including Carter as the only two-time All-SEC first team selection.

Several improvements have been made to the University Golf Course, including top-notch facilities providing the best environment for the student-athletes to grow their game and compete for championships.

A new driving range for both the men’s and women’s teams was added in 2006, as well as a short-game facility in 2009.  The latest addition to the teams is the Herrington Golf Center, which opened in January of 2012.  The Clay and Elinor Herrington Charitable Remainder Trust provided a gift to construct the 3,600-square-foot indoor-outdoor practice facility with hitting and video bays that enables the collegiate golfers to continue their practices regardless of weather conditions.

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