Three Rebels Finish in Top 25 at Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic
April 14, 2018

RESULTS

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 and Purdom came against such a talented field bodes well going into SECs. This weekend's event featured 10 top-50 teams, including three of the top five, not to mention the nation's No. 1 junior college program. The field included five of the nation's top 10 individuals, 14 of its top 25 and 19 of the top 50.

"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 for our team. We're trending in the right direction."

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.

The Rebels
T17. Julia Johnson: 77-71-71--219 (+4)
T21. Pi-Lillebi Hermansson: 76-70-74--220 (+4)
T25. Kie Purdom: 74-72-75--221 (+5)
T52. Katy Harris: 78-79-78--235 (+19)
T60. Conner Beth Ball: 81-80-79--240 (+24)
*T60. Martina Flori: 80-78-82--240 (+24)
*Competed as an individual

Final Standings
1. #2 Alabama: 276-286-287--849 (-15)
T2. #3 Arkansas: 290-284-291--865 (+1)
T2. #5 Duke: 292-288-285--865 (+1)
4. #44 Georgia: 290-295-286--871 (+7)
5. #42 Baylor: 289-299-292--880 (+16)
6. #45 Kennesaw State: 297-296-290--883 (+19)
7. #1 (NJCAA) Daytona State: 294-295-300--889 (+25)
8. #28 Louisville: 293-298-299--890 (+26)
9. #37 Ole Miss: 305-292-298--895 (+31)
10. #13 Florida: 315-291-292--898 (+34)
11. #49 Denver: 312-297-306--915 (+51)
12. Kansas: 320-316-307--943 (+79)

Chip Ins
Julia Johnson recorded her 14th round at par or under this season, tying her for the single-season program record of 15, set by LPGA Rebel Dori Carter.
• Johnson finished in the top 20 for the eighth straight tournament.
• Johnson reached double-figure birdies for the seventh time this season and now has 101 birdies for the 2017-18 campaign.
Pi-Lillebi Hermansson tied a career-high with 11 birdies in Athens, her third time reaching 11 this season.
• Hermansson climbed into second place on the Rebels' birdie charts with 80 on the year.
• Hermansson's score came as her fourth at 220 or better this season.
Kie Purdom tallied the second-highest birdie output of her career with 10.
• Purdom's finish came as the sixth inside the top 25 of her career.
• Ole Miss tallied 28 birdies in the first two rounds, tying for the third-most in the field.
• The Rebels' ninth-place finish is the program's best at the prestigious Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic since they finished seventh during the 1998-99 season.
• Johnson's T17 finish is the team's best ever in a full 54-hole Liz Murphey. The best individual finish in program history of T13 came in 2008-09, when The Liz was shortened to just 18 holes.
• Ole Miss' 41 birdies were the fourth-most in the field.
• The Liz featured three of the nation's top five teams and 10 teams in the top 50, not to mention the nation's No. 1 junior college program. The field included five of the nation's top 10 individuals, 14 of its top 25 and 19 of the top 50.

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