FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (WTVA/Ole Miss Athletics) - The Ole Miss women's golf team ended their historic 2018-19 season on Monday at the NCAA Women's Golf Championships in Fayetteville, Arkansas.
The Rebels shot a third round 315 (+23) to finish at 926 (+50) for the championship. Ole Miss finished its third round of action, but play was suspended for six other teams due to darkness.
The final round of stroke play will resume first thing Tuesday morning. The Rebels currently sit in a three-way tie for 14th overall.
It was quite a spring season for the Rebels, who captured their first SEC Championship title and second straight bid to the NCAA Women's Golf Championships for the second time in program history.
The young Ole Miss team, featuring two freshmen and two sophomores in the lineup, battled it out against the nation's best programs and showed that they belong right there with them.
"We had a phenomenal spring where we won the SEC Championship and finished top 15 at the National Championship," head coach Kory Henkes said. "We're really pleased with how we finished this year and we'll use this as motivation heading into next season."
Kennedy Swann, in her second NCAA Championships appearance, led the Rebels on the leaderboard sitting tied for 22nd individually. The junior went 76-71-79 for a 54-hole total of 226 (+7). Swann is currently ahead of 50 individuals ranked in Golfstat's top-100 player rankings.
The Rebels got a strong third round performance from Conner Beth Ball, who fired a 2-over 75 on Monday. The sophomore led the team in birdies throughout the week with 10 and improved her scoring each day (79-77-75—231). Ball is tied for 50th individually.
Sophomore Julia Johnson is tied for 66th individually after a final round 4-over 77. Johnson went 83-74-77—234 to cap off her second career NCAA Championship.
Freshmen Ellen Hutchinson-Kay and Macy Somoskey gained valuable learning experience in their first postseason.
Hutchinson-Kay was a key counting score the first two rounds, going 76-75. The freshman was second on the team in pars with 32.
The Rebels will return all six players next season from this year's NCAA Women's Championships squad, including alternate Pi-Lillebi Hermansson.
"It's always good feeling when you have everyone returning," Henkes said. "This group really meshes well together. The biggest thing is they have so much respect for each other. We're excited to have all six back next year with the addition of a couple talented freshmen.
"We worked really well as a team this spring and credit Zack (Byrd) too. He clicks well with our group and has a great ability to teach the game of golf. He was a great asset to our program this spring and we're excited he is part of our Ole Miss family."
T-22. Swann: 76-71-79—226 (+7)
T-50. Ball: 79-77-75—231 (+12)
T-66. Johnson: 83-74-77—234 (+15)
T-79. Hutchinson-Kay: 76-75-85—236 (+17)
128. Somoskey: 89-79-84—252 (+33)
Team Leaderboard (play suspended due to darkness)
1. No. 2 Texas: 302-294
2. No. 3 Duke: 305-281
3. No. 1 USC: 306-289
4. No. 10 Arkansas: 302-296-302—900 (+24)
5. No. 6 Wake Forest: 309-299-294—902 (+26)
6. No. 4 Arizona: 304-294-306—904 (+28)
7. No. 7 Stanford: 304-300-302—906 (+30)
8. No. 13 Auburn: 313-295
9. No. 20 Illinois: 320-296-301—917 (+41)
10. No. 11 Florida: 321-294-303—918 (+42)
11. No. 22 Purdue: 312-294
12. No. 9 Florida State: 321-298-305—924 (+48)
13. No. 16 Northwestern: 313-294
T-14. No. 14 Arizona State: 310-302-314—926 (+50)
T-14. No. 17 Virginia: 314-307-305—926 (+50)
T-14. No. 30 Ole Miss: 314-297-315—926 (+50)
17. No. 5 Kent State: 325-308-297—930 (+54)
18. No. 18 Washington: 311-311-315—937 (+61)
19. No. 23 San Jose State: 324-302-312—938 (+62)
20. No. 15 UCLA: 315-308-318—941 (+65)
21. Indiana: 322-313-309—944 (+68)
22. No. 43 UCF: 321-308-316—945 (+69)
23. No. 8 Vanderbilt: 319-316-311—946 (+70)
24. No. 36 Tennessee: 328-311-311—950 (+74)