Three Rebels in Top 25 Entering Final Round in Athens
April 13, 2018

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ATHENS, Ga. – It was a tough first round on Friday for the Ole Miss women’s golf team at the prestigious Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic, but three Rebels battled their way back into the top 25 with 18 holes to play at the University of Georgia Golf Course.

Pi-Lillebi Hermansson and Kie Purdom led the way for the Rebels in a tie for 17th, each shooting 2-over through the first 36 holes at The Liz. Julia Johnson was just behind at 4-over for the day and in a tie for 24th. Collectively, Ole Miss stands in ninth place at 305-292--597 (+21).

“UGA is a tough course, but if you hit the ball on the correct part of the green, you can make some birdies out here,” said head coach Kory Henkes. “I was really proud of Pi, Kie and Julia because they didn’t start their second round off great but fought really hard to post some great scores. They didn’t let a little bit of adversity get them down; instead, they chose to keep a level head and play like they are capable.”


 

 

Ole Miss had an uncharacteristic opening round, shooting 12 strokes over its season average, and it looked like that performance would carry through into Round 2. Hermansson picked up two bogeys in her first five holes, Johnson had three and Purdom found herself 4-over through three in Round 2—but the trio settled in.

Purdom came through with the best turnaround of the bunch, going 4-under and bogey-free over her next 15 holes for an even-par 72. It was the first round at par or under of the spring season for the junior out of Lexington, Kentucky.

“It was so nice to play like Kie again,” Purdom said. “I’ve been stuck in a bit of a mental rut recently. It’s hard to play good golf when you’re fighting against yourself. So I’ve been working really hard with our sport psychologist Josie on getting back to my normal self and with my coaches really hard to fine tune some of the areas in my game that were weaker, and I definitely saw improvement in all areas today.”

Hermansson played her final 13 holes at 3-under with just one bogey. After walking the course with assistant coach Drew Belt, she finished Round 2 at 2-under for her first under-par round of the spring.

“The first round was a grind because of my poor tee shots. However, my irons and putting were good, so going into the second round, I knew I had the potential to score low as long as I kept the ball in play,” Hermansson said. “Coach Drew and I worked together well. We made good decisions on every shot and played the course as easily as possible.”

Johnson started her second round with a birdie before three straight bogeys knocked her to 2-over for the round. However, like her teammates, she recovered, carding just one bogey the rest of the way to go along with four birdies, including back-to-back birdies coming into the clubhouse.

After an up-and-down first day, the Rebels will close The Liz with 18 more holes on Saturday. Ole Miss is in position to move up on the leaderboard in Athens, sandwiched between a couple of familiar foes, four strokes behind No. 45 Kennesaw State and nine strokes ahead of No. 13 Florida.

The Rebels are paired with Kennesaw State and Louisville for Round 3. They’ll tee off starting at 7:35 a.m. CT from the 10th hole.

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.

The Rebels
T17. Kie Purdom: 74-72--146 (+2)
T17. Pi-Lillebi Hermansson: 76-70--146 (+2)
T24. Julia Johnson: 77-71--148 (+4)
T48. Katy Harris: 78-79--157 (+13)
T60. Conner Beth Ball: 81-80--161 (+17)

The Leaderboard
1. #2 Alabama: 276-286--562 (-14)
2. #3 Arkansas: 290-284--574 (-2)
3. #5 Duke: 292-288--580 (+4)
4. #44 Georgia: 290-295--585 (+9)
5. #42 Baylor: 289-299--588 (+12)
6. #1 (NJCAA) Daytona State: 294-295--589 (+13)
7. #28 Louisville: 293-298--591 (+15)
8. #45 Kennesaw State: 297-296--593 (+17)
9. #37 Ole Miss: 305-292--597 (+21)
10. #13 Florida: 315-291--606 (+30)
11. #49 Denver: 312-297--609 (+33)
12. Kansas: 320-316--636 (+60)

Chip Ins
• On Friday the 13th, Julia Johnson recorded her 13th round at par or under this season, moving her one shy of the single-season program record of 14, set by LPGA Rebel Dori Carter.
Pi-Lillebi Hermansson carded her fourth eagle of the season, giving her the single-season record at Ole Miss.
Kie Purdom recorded her first round at par or under since Round 1 of the Rainbow Wahine Invitational on Oct. 31, 2017.
• Purdom’s seven birdies over the 36-hole day came as her most in consecutive rounds since she tallied 10 in the two opening rounds of the Magnolia Invitational on Oct. 1-2.
• Hermansson’s 2-under second round is her first under-par round since the second 18 at the Rainbow Wahine on Oct. 31, 2017 and her eighth of the season.
• Hermansson’s nine birdies on Day 1 are the most she’s had in back-to-back rounds since totaling 11 in Round 2 and 3 of the Magnolia.
• Ole Miss tallied 28 birdies in the first two rounds, tying for the third-most in the field.
• The Rebels will need to move up to seventh place to match their best finish ever a The Liz, a mark set in the 1998-99 season. Individually, a Rebel will need to hit the 13th-place mark to match the program’s best finish. Sara Grantham finished T13 in 2009 in a tournament that was shortened to just one round.

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