Women’s golf will open the fall season Monday in Charleston

Andrea Lignell (Photo: OMA)

CHARLESTON, SC — (News Release) The Ole Miss women’s golf team’s fall season is set to kick off Sept. 12-13 in South Carolina with play at the Cougar Classic, hosted by the College of Charleston. The two-day, 54-hole event features a total of 18 teams competing at Yeamans Hall Club in Charleston, 12 of which finished the 2021-22 season ranked in the Top 50 of Golfstat’s NCAA Team Rankings.

Monday, September 12 – 36 holes (shotgun start scheduled for 7:30 a.m. CT)
Tuesday, September 13 – 18 holes (shotgun start scheduled for 7:45 a.m. CT)

Andrea Lignell (Sr.*)
– Finished the 2021-22 season with a 73.88 stroke average
– Won a trio of top 5 finishes last season, including a runner-up finish at the East Lake Cup
– Finished in the top 20 in seven out of 12 tournament appearances in 2021-22
— Represented Team Sweden at the 2021 Spirit International Golf Championship
— Three-time WGCA All-American Scholar (2022, 2021, 2020)

Ellen Hume (Sr.*)
– Finished the 2021-22 season with a 74.50 stroke average after appearing in three tournaments for the Rebels
– Earned an eighth-place finish at the 2021 East Lake Cup after posting a season-low 71 (-1) round
– Four career top 20s for the Rebels since joining the team for the 2020-21 season
— Co-Champion of the 2020 East Lake Cup after shooting a round of 69 (-3)
— Two-time WGCA All-American Scholar (2021, 2020)

Natacha Host Husted (So.)
— 2021-22 SEC Freshman Squad Selection
– Finished his rookie season with a 75.57 stroke average
– Earned his first collegiate top 10 at the East Lake Cup, tied for eighth
– Finished his first season with three top 20 finishes
— WGCA All-American Scholar (2022)

Elle Johnson (Sr.*)
– Earned a new personal best season shot average for 2021-22 (75.40)
– Left Florida State with the 19th best career rushing average (75.61) in program history
— 2022 Florida Amateur Stroke Play Champion
– Shot a course record 65 (-6) at Coral Creek Club in Placida, Fla. to help win the Florida Am title
— Two-time WGCA All-American Scholar (2022, 2021)

Ellen Hutchinson-Kay (Sr.)
– Posted a 78.00 stroke average across four tournaments in 2021-22
– Won two top-20 finishes last year, including a 13th-place finish at Auburn Individual
– Had his best run of the 2021-22 season (72) at the Lady Bulldog Invitational en route to a 17th place finish
– 2021-22 SEC Community Service Team Winner
— Two-time WGCA All-American Scholar (2020, 2019)

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Spanning 6,269 yards and playing like a par 71, Seth Raynor-designed Yeamans Hall Club is one of South Carolina’s finest courses, ranking 2nd in the state and 53rd in the world according to Top100GolfCourses.com. Founded in 1925, Yeamans Hall Club presents itself as a traditionalist course with its old-school design. The course boasts about the firmest playing conditions of any course on the US East Coast, with the course featuring wide, tree-lined fairways and greens that are a Raynor trademark. Additionally, the club received a much-needed restoration in the late 1980s thanks to Tom Doak and his then associate Jim Urbina.

A key return for the Rebels for the 2022-23 season is the reigning first-team WGCA All-American Chiara Tamburlini, who just had a historic year for the Rebels. After posting a 72.60 stroke average in 2021-22, the sixth-best season stroke average in program history, Tamburlini went on to earn the top 20 in his 11 tournament appearances for the team. this year before finally capping off his season. with an eighth-place finish at the NCAA Championships. The accolades would then roll in for Tamburlini, with her being named the fourth All-American in program history, as well as All-SEC first-team honors as well as the 2022 Edith Cummings Munson Golf Award winner.

While the Rebels’ 2022-23 roster includes plenty of familiar faces, three new faces will travel to Oxford to complete the Ole Miss women’s golf team for the year. Among the group of new arrivals is the senior transfer Elle Johnson, who joins the Rebels after spending three seasons at Florida State, where she finished her time with a career hitting average of 75.61, the 19th best career hitting average in FSU history. Along with Johnson come the freshman duo of Nicole Gal and Molly Hardwick, which each bring stacked resumes relevant to them. The Rebels coaching staff also show a new face, with the team welcoming a new assistant coach Zack Siefert as he pursues a nine-year coaching career in college golf.

Ole Miss saw herself well this summer at the 2022 Arnold Palmer Cup in Vandoeuvres, Switzerland, because both Chiara Tamburlini and head coach Kory Henkes traveled overseas to represent both sides of the annual golf show, which this year takes place at the iconic Golf Club De Genève. Tamburlini found herself as a late addition to the international team roster, while Henkes served as co-head coach of Team USA. In the end, Tamburlini’s side would prevail, as the International team would claim a hard-fought 33-27 win over Team USA to win the Palmer Cup. This is the second year in a row that a rebel has lifted the Palmer Cup, with Ole Miss alum Julia Johnson helping lead Team USA to a 33-27 win in 2021.

The Cougar Classic marks the first of four fall tournaments the Rebels will travel to in 2022. Following the team’s trip to Charleston, the Rebels travel to Fayetteville, Arkansas, for the annual Blessings Collegiate Invitational, which will air on Golf Channel on October 29. 3-5. The team will then travel to an in-state matchup at The Ally from October 17-18, which will take place at the Old Waverly Golf Club in West Point, Mississippi. The fall schedule then concludes with the Rebels heading to Cabo San Lucas for the Battle at the Beach, which will take place October 28-30.

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