Ole Miss Leads in Kiawah Behind Lim, Johnson
Oct. 22, 2017

KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. – The Ole Miss women’s golf team is dominating the top of individual and team leaderboards after Round 1 of the Palmetto Intercollegiate.

Junior Diane Lim and freshman Julia Johnson are in first and second, respectively, and Ole Miss tops the team charts through 18 holes at Kiawah Island Golf Resort’s Turtle Point Golf Course.

Lim carded five birdies to claim first place with 36 holes to play. She finished 4-under (68) for the lowest round of her Ole Miss career. Johnson is just two strokes back in second place at 2-under (70). Their efforts have the Rebels at 2-over par (290) and five strokes clear of second-place Old Dominion (295).

Lim Goes Low
Dubbed the “Wedge Wizard” by her teammates, Lim masterfully navigated Turtle Point’s small greens for her first under-par round as a Rebel. In addition to setting a new personal best, she tied the team’s lowest individual round of the season at 68, a mark attained by both Johnson and freshman Conner Beth Ball earlier this fall.

Lim bookended her first round with consecutive birdies. She went back-to-back on the first and second holes to start the day 2-under. The Suwanee, Georgia, native had just one bogey and notched birdies on 17 and 18 to take the lead back to the clubhouse.

“Diane played phenomenally today,” said head coach Kory Henkes. “We knew this course would set up well for her game since she is a consistent ball striker and a great wedge player. She recently got a driver that is better suited for her, and it has made a world of difference as well.”


 

 

Johnson in Contention Again
Johnson’s opening round was up and down, but the 2017 Magnolia Invitational champion is in contention for a second win after one round.

A red-hot short game allowed Johnson to match Lim’s five birdies, tying for the most in the field. The St. Gabriel, Louisiana, native eagled the par-5 fifth hole to offset four bogeys and wrap up her fourth straight round at even par or under.

“Julia was steady again today,” Henkes said. “She didn't have her best ball-striking day, but her wedges were much improved and her putting was great. We are looking forward to the next two days.”

Hermansson Has Big Back Nine
Pi-Lillebi Hermansson
landed in the top 15 thanks to a 1-under back nine. The sophomore from Djursholm, Sweden was 4-over par when she made the turn but recovered with birdies on the 11th and 13th holes.

“Pi struggled a little on the front nine but played really well on the back nine,” Henkes said. “The back nine played tough with all the wind so her perseverance was something we were really proud of today.”

Hermansson was one of three Rebels to birdie the par-5 13th hole. Ole Miss was phenomenal on par 5s, leading the field at 7-under, including a 4-under mark by Johnson. The Rebels recorded 17 birdies in all, more than any other team in Round 1.

The Monday weather forecast in Kiawah calls for rain. As a result, the field is scheduled for a shotgun start at 8 a.m. CT. Ole Miss is paired with Campbell and Old Dominion for the second round. The group will tee off on holes 16, 17 and 18.

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The Rebels
1. Diane Lim: 68 (-4)
2. Julia Johnson: 70 (-2)
T15. Pi-Lillebi Hermansson: 75 (+3)
T33. Conner Beth Ball: 77 (+5)
T46. Kie Purdom: 78 (+6)

The Field
1. Ole Miss: 290 (+2)
2. Old Dominion: 295 (+7)
3. Marshall: 297 (+9)
4. Kennesaw State: 300 (+12)
5. College of Charleston: 302 (+14)
6. Chattanooga: 304 (+16)
7. Campbell: 306 (+18)
8. Mercer: 307 (+19)
9. Xavier: 308 (+20)
10. Troy: 309 (+21)
11. Tulsa: 310 (+22)
T12. UNCG: 311 (+23)
T12. Charleston Southern: 311 (+23)
14. Daytona State: 312 (+24)
15. Kansas: 313 (+25)
16. East Tennessee State: 314 (+26)
17. North Florida: 319 (+31)

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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