Johnson Takes Individual Title, Rebels Finish Second in Las Vegas
Feb. 27, 2018

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LAS VEGAS – Another tournament for Ole Miss women’s golf, another set of hardware coming back to Oxford.

The Rebels saved their best golf for last at Spanish Trail Country Club, shooting 1-over (289) in Round 3 to move up one spot on the team leaderboard and finish second (294-300-289--883), just two strokes behind No. 40 UNLV, the tournament host.

“We played a great round of golf today,” said head coach Kory Henkes. “It was another cold and windy day that made for tough conditions. We knew we had to go low and keep the mistakes to a minimum if we wanted a chance to win. Overall, we gave it our all and put together some great rounds of golf, so we are proud of the effort of the entire team.”

Johnson Makes History Again
Julia Johnson entered the final 18 holes in Las Vegas at fourth on the leaderboard, and she came out on top, sharing the individual championship with BYU’s Kendra Dalton at an even-par 216 for the tournament.

Johnson went 2-under (70) in Round 3 thanks to six birdies. The freshman from St. Gabriel, Louisiana, played 1-under over her final five holes to claim her second individual crown as a Rebel—the most ever by a freshman in a single season. Johnson also tied the school record for the most individual titles in a season, set by Sarah Britt in the 1992-93 season.

“Julia had a lot of birdies this week and didn't make many errors, so it was another top-notch effort and we are all so proud of her,” Henkes said.

Hermansson Sets New Career-Best
Pi-Lillebi Hermansson turned in an outstanding tournament as well, finishing in a career-best fourth place. Amid difficult weather conditions and a course laden with water hazards, Hermansson’s wedge game was critical.

“I was a more mature Pi out on the course,” Hermansson said. “Better distance control with my wedges was definitely a game changer.”

The sophomore from Djursholm, Sweden, finished 3-over (219) thanks to four birdies in the final round for her first career top-five finish. Two of those birdies came in her final four holes, a finish that put a smile on the face of Henkes and assistant coach Drew Belt.

“Pi was a fighter this week,” Henkes said. “She was clutch for the team down the stretch with two birdies to finish up her round. Pi is a power player, so her focus has been working hard on controlling her wedges in practice, and it made all the difference this week. She continues to improve each and every tournament and it is so much fun to see her constantly getting better on a daily basis.”

Rebel Round-Up
Conner Beth Ball finished just one stroke shy of her fourth top-10 finish of the season. The freshman from Madison, Mississippi, played nearly bogey-free on the final day, racking up 15 pars and two birdies to climb 18 spots on the leaderboard and close the tournament at 8-over (224) and in a tie for 11th.

Katy Harris and Kie Purdom tied for the final counting score of Round 3, each at 3-over par. They rounded out a strong top-to-bottom showing for Ole Miss as all five Rebels finished in the top 30.

Collectively, Ole Miss led the tournament with 46 birdies, the team’s third-highest total this season.

The Rebels will return to action in a week and a half at their first of several SEC-hosted tournaments this spring. Ole Miss travels to Gainesville, Florida, for the SunTrust Gator Invitational March 10-11.

The Rebels
T1. Julia Johnson 73-73-70--216 (E)
4. Pi-Lillebi Hermansson 73-74-72--219 (+3)
T11. Conner Beth Ball 75-77-72--224 (+8)
T25. Katy Harris 73-79-75--227 (+11)
T28. Kie Purdom 77-76-75--228 (+12)

Team Leaderboard
1. UNLV: 290-300-291--881 (+17)
2. Ole Miss: 294-300-289--883 (+19)
3. BYU: 295-301-290--886 (+22)
4. Kennesaw State: 290-301-306--897 (+33)
5. Long Beach State: 297-305-301--903 (+39)
6. New Mexico: 306-302-300--908 (+44)
7. UC Irvine: 301-304-310--915 (+51)
8. Northern Arizona: 304-302-310--916 (+52)
9. Idaho: 303-318-298--919 (+55)
10. Nevada: 307-312-304--923 (+59)
11. Colorado State: 301-318-313--932 (+68)
12. Wyoming: 312-309-319--940 (+76)

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