Harris Grabs Top-5 Finish at SunTrust Gator Invitational
March 11, 2018

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. – After a tough first day in Gainesville, the Ole Miss women’s golf team put together its best performance in Round 3 of the SunTrust Gator Invitational on Sunday.

Led by a 2-under (68) round by Katy Harris, the Rebels fired the third-best team round of the day at 5-over (285) and jumped one spot on the team leaderboard to finish seventh at 294-294-285--873 (+33) at the par-70 Mark Bostick Golf Course.

“I was happy with the way our team came together and bounced back with a solid round today,” said head coach Kory Henkes. “We posted the third-best team score of the day, which showed their determination and fight after the disappointing first day of competition. This team has a lot of heart, and they will give it their all every time they tee it up.”

Harris Secures Top 5 Finish on Final Day
Harris found herself outside of the top 30 through 18 holes in Gainesville, but by the end of the tournament, the senior out of St. Simons Island, Georgia, had climbed all the way into the top five.

After shooting 4-over in her first round, Harris turned around and went even par in Round 2. Then in Round 3, she tallied three birdies and just one bogey to go two under par and finish in a tie for fifth.

“I just played really consistent today and didn’t make many mistakes,” Harris said. “I adjusted a few things in my swing after yesterday and was able to hit it more consistently today. I’m glad I was able to just put a good number out there to get a top five.”

Sunday’s performance was her sixth round in the 60s as a Rebel, moving her up to a tie for second all-time at Ole Miss. Four of those have come this season, good for the second-most in a single season in program history.

Following a tough outing in Las Vegas, Harris was glad to get back on track going into another SEC-hosted tournament and another loaded field next weekend at Auburn.

“I’m glad I could finish on a good note and hope to keep the momentum going into Auburn later this week,” Harris said.

Rebel Round-Up
Julia Johnson turned in a 3-over (73) final round for her fifth top-20 finish at T18. The freshman from St. Gabriel, Louisiana, snapped a streak of four consecutive top-five finishes. While the birdies eluded Johnson in Gainesville, she finished up her weekend with a tournament-best 43 pars.

Pi-Lillebi Hermansson saved her best round for last, shooting even par (70) in Round 3. The sophomore out of Djursholm, Sweden, carded six birdies on the final day—the most by a Rebel in Gainesville. Hermansson now has two rounds this season with six or more birdies.

Junior Diane Lim, competing as an individual, was better on par-3s than all but three of her competitors at Mark Bostick Golf Course, playing them at 2-under over the weekend. Lim was 2-over on the final day to finish 33rd.

“We learned a lot this week and know that we still have to continue getting better because we are playing against a lot of great golf teams this semester and can’t afford to let old habits creep into our rounds during pressure-packed situations,” Henkes said. “We will use this week to regroup and work hard before heading to Auburn this weekend.”

Ole Miss now turns its attention to another tough test. Next weekend, the Rebels travel to Auburn, Alabama, for the Evans Derby Experience, which projects as one of the most stacked tournament fields in collegiate golf this season, featuring five of GolfStat’s top 12 teams, including No. 2 Alabama, No. 3 Arkansas and No. 5 Duke.

The Rebels
T5. Katy Harris: 74-70-68--212 (+2)
T18. Julia Johnson: 71-72-73--216 (+6)
T33. Diane Lim: 73-75-72--220 (+10)
T41. Kie Purdom: 73-76-74--223 (+13)
T43. Pi-Lillebi Hermansson: 77-77-70--224 (+14)
T49. Conner Beth Ball: 76-76-75--227 (+17)

Team Standings
1. Florida: 279-280-281--840 (E) 
T2. Campbell:  288-276-288--852 (+12) 
T2. Furman:  285-284-283--852 (+12)
4. Tennessee: 285-282-290--857 (+17)
5. Oregon: 293-285-289--867 (+27)
6. Clemson: 291-282-295--868 (+28) 
7. Ole Miss: 294-294-285--873 (+33) 
8. Daytona State College: 289-287-299--875 (+35) 
T9. UCF: 307-284-305--896 (+56)
T9. Florida International: 300-298-298--896 (+56)
T11. Southern Miss: 317-294-302-913 (+73) 
T11. South Florida: 300-304-309--913 (+73)
13. North Texas: 304-305-308--917 (+77)

For all Ole Miss women’s golf news and information, go to OleMissSports.com, and follow the Rebels on Twitter at @OleMissWGolf and Facebook at Ole Miss Women’s Golf.






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