AUGUSTA, Ga. – The Ole Miss Women’s Golf Team battled high winds at Forest Hills Golf Club on Saturday as the Rebels braved tough playing conditions to end day one of the Valspar Augusta Invitational tied for second with a score of team of 303 (+15) on the day.
The Rebels would finish day one leading the pack at par-3 (+1), while ranking second in total pars (51). Ending the day with 11 birdies as a team, Ole Miss also ended up as one of four teams to record an eagle that day.
Originally scheduled to play 36 holes on Saturday, strong winds reaching over 20 miles per hour reduced the tournament to just 36 holes in total, including 18 on Saturday and 18 on Sunday.
“I’m really proud of the effort and great attitude our team showed today,” the head coach said. Kory Henkes. “It was the toughest conditions I’ve encountered on the golf course, with winds constantly blowing at 25-30 miles per hour. We can’t wait to get back there tomorrow.”
Showing minimal difficulty with the windy conditions on Saturday was junior Chiara Tamburlini. Tamburlini would lead the field individually for the majority of the day before a late triple bogey saw her settle into a tie for third heading into the final lap of play on Sunday.
Tamburlini would end his day with three birdies, while ranking second in the field with a par-3 (-1). Besides his triple bogey on the No. 3, Tamburlini would finish over par on only one other hole of the day, contributing to his 73(+1) scorecard for the day.
Not far from the Tamburlini board is Andrea Lignell, including 75 (+3) on the day sees Lignell tied for ninth heading into its final 18 holes on Sunday. Lignell sank a team-record four birdies that day, which ranked second in the field in the category, while tying Tamburlini for second in the field with a par-3 (-1) that day. .
Julia Johnson also ended his day tied for ninth place alongside Lignell, as Johnson’s 75 (+3) would include a total of 14 pars, leading the entire field in the tournament. Johnson would also finish at two on the par-4 score, which ranks fourth in the category among all golfers.
Senior Ellen Hutchinson Kay and freshman Natacha Host Husted would complete the rotation for the Rebels on Saturday, as Hutchinson-Kay’s day would end with an 80 (+8) while Host Husted would finish with an 82 (+10). Host Husted saw himself sinking the lone eagle of the day for the Rebels, with the rookie doing it on the par five of hole 9.
South Carolina leads the team standings after posting a team score of 301 on the day, only two shots ahead of the Rebels going into Sunday’s final.
Ole Miss will tee off for the final round of the Valspar Augusta Invitational with a shotgun start scheduled for 8:00 a.m. CT at Forest Hills Golf Club.
T3. Chiara Tamburlini: 73 (+1)
T9. Andrea Lignell: 75 (+3)
T9. Julia Johnson: 75 (+3)
T49. Ellen Hutchinson Kay: 80 (+8)
T65. Natacha Host Husted: 82 (+10)
*T65. McKinley Cunningham: 82 (+10)
* competition as an individual
1. South Carolina: 301 (+13)
T2. Olé Miss: 303 (+15)
T2. Miami: 303 (+15)
T4. State of Florida: 307 (+19)
T4. Augustus: 307 (+19)
6. Alabama: 308 (+20)
7. Furman: 309 (+21)
8. Virginia Tech: 312 (+24)
9. Purdue: 313 (+25)
10. San Diego State: 314 (+26)
11. Coastal Carolina: 315 (+27)
12.Memphis: 318 (+30)
13. Minnesota: 322 (+34)
14.Tennessee: 325 (+37)
15. South Georgia: 332 (+44)
16. South Florida: 338 (+50)