Women's Golf Adds Two Top Prospects in Early Signing Period
Nov. 15, 2017
The Ole Miss women's golf team extended its hot streak from the golf course to the recruiting trail as head coach Kory Henkes announced a promising 2018 class Wednesday.
The Rebels will welcome Emma Bradley of Naples, Florida, and Ellen Hutchinson-Kay of
"We are extremely excited to announce the signing of Emma and Ellen," Henkes said. "They both bring a solid golf resume that will add a huge level of depth to our lineup. They come from top-notch families, work extremely hard and I have no doubt they will leave a legacy during their time at Ole Miss. Ole Miss women's golf just got better today with the signing of these two players."
Emma Bradley | Naples, Florida | Seacrest Country Day School
Bradley competed in three USGA events the spring and summer prior. In May, she teamed up with current Vanderbilt freshman Morgan Baxendale in the U.S Women's Amateur 4-Ball. The duo shot 2-under (142) in stroke play to advance to match play, where they were edged 2-and-1 by Yu Chiang Hou and Yu Sang Hou of Chinese Taipei.
Two months later, Bradley earned her way into the match play stage at a USGA event once again, this time at the U.S. Girls' Junior Championship. She capped off her outstanding summer with an appearance in the 2016 U.S. Women's Amateur.
"Emma brings a high level of experience to the Ole Miss golf program," Henkes said. "She has competed in several USGA events and competed at the highest level when she participated in the U.S. Open last year. Emma wants to compete on the LPGA, and I have no doubt she will thrive under our system in order to help her reach those goals. She works extremely hard and is committed to putting in the time and work in order to become the best player she can be. Emma brings a level of maturity and confidence that will make her a great teammate as well. I fully expect her to come in and make an impact on our program right away."
At the age of 11, Bradley shot 76 at Hideout Golf Club to become the youngest player in Florida High School Athletic Association history to win a regional state championship. From 2010-2016, Bradley reigned as the state of Florida's No. 1 golfer in the class of 2018 according to Junior Golf Scoreboard, amassing numerous victories on the Florida Junior Tour in that span. She has since curtailed her junior golf schedule, focusing instead on top-tier events.
One month after her appearance in the U.S. Open, Bradley tied for sixth at a professional event, the Florida Women's Open. She shot 70-75-71--216 (E) to finish second among amateurs behind Florida State sophomore Amanda Doherty (215).
"I'm incredibly excited to be a part of the Ole Miss family," Bradley said. "The girls have done so well this fall season, and I know they'll do great things in the spring. I can't wait to compete alongside them next year and bring home more wins for our school."
Ellen Hutchinson-Kay | Taby, Sweden | Celsiusskolan
The Rebel signee is the No. 3 prospect in Sweden's 2018 class according to Swedish Golf Federation rankings. Hutchinson-Kay is the No. 9 overall junior player in Sweden and the No. 37 female golfer in the country across all classifications, a list topped by LPGA star Anna Nordqvist.
"Ellen is a seasoned competitor who brings a lot of international experience to our program," Henkes said. "We were so impressed with Ellen's demeanor on the course and work ethic that we had no doubt she would be the perfect fit for our program. She is a very mature and independent person who always strives to be better each and every day. She has steadily improved year after year into a high-caliber player who will have the ability to step right into the lineup."
Hutchinson-Kay has put together an impressive 2017 season, featuring 11 top-10 finishes, 10 rounds under par and a stroke average of 74.3. She opened her 2017 campaign with four straight top-five finishes, culminating with a 3-under (70-71--141) performance to win the Junior Masters Invitational at Salem Golf Club.
A few weeks after the win, Hutchinson-Kay started a new streak, notching six straight top-10s to close out her summer. That span was highlighted by fifth-place finishes at the Junior Swedish Stroke Play Championship and the Skandia Junior Open, as well as a T9 finish at the 2017 Girls' British Open Amateur Championship thanks to a strong 5-over par performance (71-78--149) in the elite event.
"I'm very excited to become a part of the Ole Miss family and can't wait to start next year," Hutchinson-Kay said. "It's an amazing journey the team has started this fall, and I'm thrilled to compete alongside all of them next year."
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