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Ole Miss women's golf ends historic season at NCAA Championships

The Rebels didn’t have the finish they hoped for at Karsten Creek Golf Club, ending up in 24th place.

Posted: May. 21, 2018 12:58 AM

STILLWATER, Okla. (Ole Miss Athletics/WTVA) - The Ole Miss women’s golf team capped its best season in program history Sunday at the NCAA Championships.

The Rebels didn’t have the finish they hoped for at Karsten Creek Golf Club, ending up in 24th place, but it was a tremendous ride nonetheless, featuring three wins, a plethora of records broken, and of course the program’s first ever NCAA Championship berth.

“This season really has been incredible,” said head coach Kory Henkes. “We had several wins, several milestones for our program. I think it’s only going to go up from here. I know we didn’t have the week like we wanted this week, but I’m extremely proud of the entire team and coaching staff here. I just think it’s going to get better and better every year.”

The young Rebel squad, featuring two freshmen and a sophomore in its traveling team in Stillwater, shot 17-over on the final day to slip one spot on the leaderboard and fall short of the cutline as the top 15 teams will advance to Round 4 of stroke play. However, the learning experience will be invaluable as the program moves forward.

“There are a lot of nerves here. It’s a tough course. You’re playing the best in the country,” Henkes said. “So as we mature as a team, we’ve been here once, we know what to expect when we come back.”

Kie Purdom just missed missing the cut individually, as the top nine players on non-advancing teams are sent to the final round as well. However, the junior out of Lexington, Kentucky, came through with a terrific result in her first NCAA appearance, birdying her last hole to tie for 50th at 9-over for the tournament. Purdom finished ahead of eight individuals ranked in the top 50 and 28 of the nation’s top 100 golfers.

“She birdied three of her last nine holes, which is quite impressive,” Henkes said. “Kie played really well this week. It was tough out there mentally and physically. This course is a tough track. We’re really proud of Kie and her effort this week. We’re excited we’ve got her back for one more year.”

Outside of Purdom, the Rebels got strong Round 3 performances from Conner Beth Ball and Pi-Lillebi Hermansson, who will also be back next season. Ball carded three birdies on the day to go 2-over (74). The freshman out of Madison, Mississippi, was 5-over through her last 41 holes in Stillwater. Hermansson also had three birdies on the day and finished 3-over (75).

Team Leaderboard

1. #1 Alabama: 292-286-284--862 (-2)

2. #3 UCLA: 294-279-297--870 (+6)

3. #9 Arizona: 301-291-288--880 (+16)

4. #13 Northwestern: 299-293-290--882 (+18)

5. #6 USC: 291-298-296--885 (+21)

6. #4 Duke: 298-298-293--889 (+25)

7. #5 Stanford: 308-291-291--890 (+26)

8. #16 Kent State: 296-299-296--891 (+27)

9. #21 Florida State: 301-294-299--894 (+30)

10. #26 Baylor: 313-295-287--895 (+31)

11. #2 Arkansas: 308-300-289--897 (+33)

12. #7 Furman: 311-293-294--899 (+35)

13. #8 Texas: 309-300-291--900 (+36)

14. #15 Washington: 303-300-299--902 (+38)

15. #25 Louisville: 301-300-302--903 (+39)

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T16. #19 Auburn: 304-306-293--903 (+39)

T16. #10 Arizona State: 314-297-292--903 (+39)

T16. #18 Wake Forest: 306-301-296--903 (+39)

19. #28 Colorado: 306-301-297--904 (+40)

20. #20 Oklahoma: 307-303-295--905 (+41)

21. #12 Florida: 303-303-303--909 (+45)

22. #27 Virginia: 315-302-297--914 (+50)

23. #37 Ohio State: 310-318-298--926 (+62)

24. #34 Ole Miss: 320-303-305--928 (+64)

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