Ole Miss Eyes Fourth Straight Tournament Victory in Las Vegas
Feb. 25, 2018

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LAS VEGAS – The Ole Miss women’s golf team closed its fall season on a three-tournament win streak, and the Rebels return to action Monday, looking to stretch that hot streak in Las Vegas at the Rebel Beach Invitational.

Four Rebels opened the spring two weeks ago with a quick trip to Georgia for an 18-hole individual tournament, but now, the real spring grind begins. Of the team’s five spring competitions, three are hosted by Southeastern Conference rivals, while the other two are hosted by top-50 programs. With the competition level increasing, Kory Henkes' Rebels are excited to be put to the test.

“They want to keep going. We came off a three-win fall, but I know they’re not done yet,” Henkes said. “They want to keep pushing themselves. It’ll be a fun spring to watch. We’ve got a tough schedule, but I think we’re up to the challenge. I think it’s going to be an exciting season.”


 

 

Be Where Your Feet Are
The Rebels shattered a litany of records in the fall and stand to break even more as the spring carries on. However, there’s still plenty of golf to be played, so keeping the focus on each swing will be vital for this young group.

“It’s really important in golf to mentally be in the moment and not stress about what your average score is going to be at the end of the season,” said sophomore Pi-Lillebi Hermansson. “As our sport psychologist says, be where your feet are.”

Ole Miss will be walking Spanish Trail Country Club for 36 continuous holes on Monday and the final 18 on Tuesday. The Rebels will face five teams ranked in the top 60, including No. 40 UNLV, which will co-host alongside Long Beach State.

“It feels like it’s been forever since we’ve played competitive golf against other teams,” said freshman Julia Johnson. “We’ve been working so hard and putting in the time and the work. We’ve all been talking about how much we miss going out there and competing. So we’re ready to go this weekend.”

Rebels Making Progress
Senior Katy Harris is playing outstanding golf coming into the Rebel Beach Invitational and earned the top spot in this weekend’s lineup. The St. Simons Island, Georgia, native leads the Rebels with three rounds in the 60s this season, including consecutive 3-under (69) performances in her last two rounds of competition.

“I’m feeling really good,” Harris said. “I put in a lot of work over break, and it’s really starting to show now. I’m just glad things are coming together the way they should be. I’m just excited to see what I can do in tournament golf.”

While Harris will be making her first appearance in the counting lineup this season, Johnson, Hermansson, junior Kie Purdom and freshman Conner Beth Ball are all making their fourth appearances.

“We’ve seen the scores keep dropping daily, so that’s a good thing,” Henkes said. “We’ve been doing some challenging practices, and I think it’s pushing the team to get better. When you get back to school, there’s typically a little rust from winter break, but we’re really proud of how the girls are looking right now, and we’re excited to play this weekend.”

The field will tee off in a shotgun start at 10 a.m. CT to open the first two rounds of play. The Rebels will be paired with New Mexico and UNLV on Monday.

The Rebels
1. Katy Harris, Senior
2. Julia Johnson, Freshman
3. Pi-Lillebi Hermansson, Sophomore
4. Kie Purdom, Junior
5. Conner Beth Ball, Freshman

The Field
No. 48 BYU
Colorado State
Idaho
No. 42 Kennesaw State
Long Beach State
Nevada
New Mexico
Northern Arizona
No. 38 Ole Miss
UC Irvine
No. 40 UNLV
Wyoming

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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