Ole Miss Rides Two-Tournament Win Streak into Hawaii
Oct. 30, 2017

WAHIAWA, Hawaii – The Ole Miss women’s golf team has been making the most of its trip to Hawaii, practicing in the morning and sightseeing around The Aloha State in the afternoon. Now the Rebels have set their sights on the Rainbow Wahine Invitational title.

“We have been practicing hard every morning and enjoying all the great things that Hawaii has to offer in the afternoon,” head coach Kory Henkes said. “We did a snorkeling tour with sea turtles, hiked Diamond Head, took a tour of Pearl Harbor and a trip to the North Shore to watch some surfing. The team really enjoys the course and can’t wait to tee it up for competition tomorrow morning.”

Ole Miss’ Outstanding October
The Rebels are coming off consecutive sweeps of the team and individual titles at the Magnolia Invitational and Palmetto Intercollegiate. That feat is unmatched in the team’s 32-year history, but amid the unprecedented success, Henkes is keeping her team focused on the moment as they tee it up for the final time this fall.

“What they have done the last few weeks doesn’t matter starting tomorrow morning when we tee off,” Henkes said. “It’s a level playing field and we need to keep our focus and show up ready to play golf to the best of our ability.”

Rainbow Wahine Outlook
The balanced Rebels have had a different top finisher at every tournament this fall, highlighted by back-to-back individual titles by Julia Johnson and Diane Lim, as well as a third-place finish by Conner Beth Ball. Junior Kie Purdom and sophomore Pi-Lillebi Hermansson have both recorded top-20 finishes, rounding out the same counting five for the third straight tournament—a first in the Henkes Era.


 

 

Ole Miss will make its fifth appearance at the Rainbow Wahine, hosted by the University of Hawaii. The Rebels posted their best finish at the tournament in their most recent appearance in 2015, the first year under Henkes and assistant coach Drew Belt. They shot 294-298-297--889 and finished fourth. Three Rebels landed in the top 12, led by a T8 finish by Abby Newton (71-76-73--220).

“This course sets up well for any member of the team,” Henkes said. “If you can hit fairways and hit solid wedge shots, it should be a scoreable course.”

Leilehua Golf Course is set up for Par 72 at 6,228 yards. The two-day tournament will feature a 36-hole first day, opening with a shotgun start at 1 p.m. CT. The starting five will tee off from holes 5-8, while Katy Harris will tee off from the 18th, competing as an individual.

Round 1 Pairings | Live Scoring | Live Tweeting

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

The Field
Boise State
Eastern Washington
Grand Canyon
Hawai’I (Host)
Hawai’i-Hilo
Hawai’I Pacific
Memphis
Nevada
Ole Miss

Princeton
Sacramento State (Defending Champion)
Toledo

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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