Harris Ties for Second in Rebels' Spring Opener
Feb. 10, 2018

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EATONTON, Ga. -- The circumstances were unusual at the Reynolds Lake Oconee Individual Collegiate Championship, but the Ole Miss Rebels made the most of it to start the 2018 spring season.

Katy Harris tied a personal-best, shooting 3-under (69) to finish in a tie for second at the Lake Oconee Great Waters course. It marks the second-straight runner-up finish for the senior from St. Simons Island, Georgia.

"Playing well today just gives me confidence going into the rest of the qualifiers we have coming," Harris said. "I worked really hard over the break to make the correct adjustments to my swing, and I worked really hard on my short game as well preparing for this semester. Even though we didn't get to play the full tournament, I think it was good just to get into that tournament mindset."

Originally set for a practice round Saturday and 36 continuous holes of competition on Sunday, the Rebels' spring opener was rescheduled to an 18-hole sprint on Saturday due to the threat of heavy rain. With the change in plans, assistant coach Drew Belt and the team had to improvise.

"We found out about not being able to play a practice round on the way to the tournament," Belt said. "Obviously, some of the girls were quite anxious about not being able to see the course. When we arrived at the hotel, we basically did a walkthrough of every single hole online, going over the yardages, slope, club selection, etc. Waking up today they all had a game plan all set and were ready to play."

Saturday's start was delayed due to thick fog, but when the action finally began, Harris showed early that she would be in contention for the win. She started on No. 8 and birdied her third hole of the day and vaulted to the top of the leaderboard with consecutive birdies on the 14th and 15th holes.

Harris briefly moved to 4-under with a birdie on the fifth hole, but she followed it up with her only bogey of the day on No. 6. She finished in a four-way tie for second place, one stroke behind Auburn sophomore Kayley Marschke.

Harris hit the 3-under (69) mark for the fifth time as a Rebel. It's one off of her collegiate best of 68, set during her sophomore season at Mercer.

"Katy has stepped up this winter," Belt said. "She was 100 percent ready to go this morning and very determined.  Three under was about the worst score she could have had. She is in midseason form and is excited for Las Vegas."

Macy Holliday carded the second-best score of the tournament for Ole Miss at 3-over (75). It took the freshman from Dallas a few holes to settle in, playing in her second collegiate tournament, but she played bogey-free over her final 10 holes, including a birdie on her second-to-last-hole.

Martina Flori and Diane Lim rounded out the four-person traveling team for Ole Miss. Flori tied her second-best round this season, while Lim battled through illness to finish 7-over.

The four Rebels who made the trip will now head home to Oxford, where they'll resume qualifying for the first full team event of 2018. Ole Miss heads to Las Vegas for the Rebel Beach Invitational on Feb. 26-27.

Ole Miss Rebels
T2. Katy Harris: 69--69 (-3)
T17. Macy Holliday: 75--75 (+3)
T25. Martina Flori: 77--77 (+5)
T27. Diane Lim: 79--79 (+7)

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