Ole Miss’ Julia Johnson Earns Third SEC Weekly Honor
April 16, 2018

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The outstanding rookie campaign continued for Julia Johnson on Monday as the freshman out of St. Gabriel, Louisiana,  earned honors from the Southeastern Conference for the third time in 2018, this time capturing her SEC Freshman of the Week for Ole Miss women’s golf.

Johnson closes the 2017-18 regular season as the only player in the SEC to earn weekly honors three times and the only player in the league to win both Golfer of the Week and Freshman of the Week. With three overall honors this spring, Ole Miss joins Alabama, Arkansas, and Texas A&M as the only schools in the conference with more than two SEC weekly awards this season.

The Rebel rookie finished tied for 17th (77-71-71--219) at this weekend’s Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic to share Freshman of the Week honors with Alabama’s Angelica Moresco. Moresco finished one stroke ahead of Johnson in a tie for 14th as the Crimson Tide captured the team victory at the University of Georgia Golf Course. Alabama’s Lauren Stephenson and Cheyenne Knight tied for the win at the tournament and also shared Golfer of the Week honors.

Johnson recorded her eighth straight top-20 finish, this one coming among a field with 19 individuals ranked in the top 50 nationally. She shot 1-under in each of the last two rounds and now boasts 14 rounds at par or under this season, tying LPGA Rebel Dori Carter’s all-time program record. Johnson tallied double-figure birdies for the seventh time this season and leads the team with 101 on the year.


 

 

An impressive first-year resume for Johnson includes two individual tournament titles, four top-five finishes, and eight straight top-20 results coming into this week’s SEC Championship. Johnson became the second Rebel ever to earn three weekly honors in a season, joining Abby Newton, who won Freshman of the Week three times in 2013. Like Newton did in 2013, Johnson spread her winnings, securing one award in February, one in March and one in April. Johnson is the only Rebel to have won both Golfer and Freshman of the Week.

The Rebels return to action on Wednesday for the SEC Championship.

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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