Three Rebels Finish in Top 25 at Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic
April 14, 2018
ATHENS, Ga. - The Ole Miss women's golf team had one final tune-up on Sunday before next weekend's Southeastern Conference Championship.
Against yet another stacked field in this spring season, the Rebels finished ninth, one spot ahead of fellow SEC squad No. 13 Florida, at a score of 305-292-298--895. Ole Miss placed three individuals in the top 25: Julia Johnson at a tie for 17th, Pi-Lillebi Hermansson in a tie for 21st and Kie Purdom at T25. As a group, the Rebel starters combined for just three bogeys over their final six holes.
"We are very happy about the strong finish today," said head coach Kory Henkes. "UGA is a great tournament to prep for SEC's, and the team is excited for this coming week."
Johnson overcame an uncharacteristic 5-over first round and shot under par in Round 2 and Round 3, giving her 14 rounds at even par or under this season, tying a school record set by LPGA Rebel Dori Carter.
The freshman out of St. Gabriel, Louisiana, overcame a pair of bogeys midway through her rounds and finished out at 2-under over her last six holes thanks to two birdies in her final three holes coming into the clubhouse.
"I was a little nervous coming in and had a little bit of a rocky first round," Johnson said. "On that second round, I had to change my mindset and try to scramble and get under par somehow. The last two rounds were a ton of grit and grind for me. I knew I wanted to go under par in those rounds and get myself up the leaderboard. That's a good feeling going into SECs."
Hermansson's third round, meanwhile, came with a hot start, as the sophomore out of Djursholm, Sweden, played 2-under through her first 10 holes en route to a 2-over (74) day. Hermansson had 11 birdies, the 10th-best total in a talented field.
Purdom had a similar final day to Johnson, overcoming a rough patch midway through the round. Purdom also played 2-under over her last six holes, including a birdie on her final hole to leave Athens with some momentum--as well as her best overall score and finish of the spring season.
The fact that the strong finishes for Johnson, Hermansson
"It feels like every time we play these fields, we always get a little bit more comfortable with it, more comfortable with the level of play," Johnson said. "It's really good experience to get to play against the best players in the world. I'm excited
Ole Miss now has just a couple of days to make its way to Birmingham for the SEC Championship, which opens at Greystone Golf and Country Club's Legacy Course on Wednesday, April 18.
The tournament begins with three rounds of stroke play. From there, the top 18 teams will play match play, with the quarterfinals and semifinals taking place on Saturday and the finals televised on the Golf Channel on Sunday.
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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