Kory Henkes was named head coach of the Ole Miss women’s golf team on June 22, 2015 and is entering her third season at the helm of the Ole Miss program in 2017-18.
The 2016-17 season was one of the best in Ole Miss history, giving the Rebels momentum going into Henkes’ third season. The Rebels set a new school record for scoring average in Henkes’ second year, averaging 298.47 per round—the first sub-300 score in program history.
Henkes’ second year was highlighted by the coach’s first individual medalist. On Oct. 25, 2016, junior Katy Harris shot 4-under to win the Palmetto Intercollegiate. Henkes nearly had a second medalist in the spring. Sophomore Martina Flori ended her round tied for first place but was edged by one of the top golfers in the nation and finished in a tie for second. In all, Ole Miss had 10 top-20 finishers.
In her first season, Henkes led the Ole Miss squad to new heights, highlighted by a seventh-place finish at the SEC Championship, which was the best finish for the Rebels since 2010 and the third best finish in program history. The Rebels also took runner-up honors at the 2016 Rebel Intercollegiate. In total, the Rebels set 10 new team or individual records in Henkes’ first year at Ole Miss and saw scoring averages go down significantly across the board.
Henkes came to Oxford after a four-year stint as head coach at GRU Augusta. Henkes brings six years of head coaching experience to Ole Miss.
Henkes was successful in building GRU Augusta into a perennial top-25 program over the course of her four years at the helm. The Jaguars advanced to the NCAA Regionals in three of Henkes’ four years and played at the Raleigh regional this past season. Henkes also guided two individuals at the NCAA Regional in Casey Kennedy and Natalie Wille in 2013.
Under Henkes’ watch, the Jaguars achieved their highest ranking in program history, checking in at No. 21 in the fall of 2014. GRU Augusta’s Dick Wallace Coach of the Year in 2013-14, Henkes and her squad closed the season ranked No. 33 nationally with eight top-five finishes in their nine tournaments, including earning top billing at the 2014 Rebel Intercollegiate and the Lady Pirate Invitational. In total, Henkes guided her GRU Augusta squads to 17 top-five tournament finishes and 38 top-10 individual performances with two medalist honors.
Prior to her appointment at GRU Augusta, Henkes spent two years as the head coach at Charleston Southern. In her first season with the Buccaneers, they claimed the 2010 Big South Championship while setting a new league championship record for lowest 54-hole total. Under the tutelage of Henkes, Olivia Jordan-Higgins captured medalist honors at the 2010 conference tournament and cracked the top 100 in the national rankings (96th) while being nominated for NCAA Woman of the Year. The Lady Bucs registered the most improved GPA (3.51) among all Charleston Southern athletic programs as well as the highest team GPA. They were also recognized by the NGCA for having one of the top-25 team GPAs in the nation.
A 2004 graduate of South Carolina, Henkes is no stranger to the rigors of the SEC and was a member of South Carolina’s 2002 SEC Championship team and a four-year letterwinner for the Gamecocks from 2002-04.
Henkes spent time on the LPGA Tour serving as a caddy to Kristy McPherson, who finished in the top 50 on the money list in 2008 and also caddied for her older brother Kyle, who earned his PGA Tour card for 2012 by finishing 15th on the Nationwide Tour money list in 2011.
Drew Belt is entering his third season as an assistant coach with the Ole Miss women’s golf team in 2017-18. Belt came to Oxford after serving as the head golf professional at West Lake Country Club in Augusta, Georgia and also serving as a part-time assistant at GRU Augusta.
Ole Miss head coach Kory Henkes had the following to say upon Belt’s hiring.
“We are extremely excited to have Drew on board with the Ole Miss women’s golf team,” said Henkes. “I have had the privilege of working with Drew for the past few years and know that he will be the perfect fit. Drew has an extensive knowledge and passion for the game of golf and he will be a huge asset to the future of our program.”
Belt was a significant part of the turnaround of the program in his first season at Ole Miss. An excellent teacher of the game, Belt coupled with Henkes to help Ole Miss players set 10 team or individual records while seeing scoring averaged decrease by an averaged of 2.5 strokes. In Year 2, the team had its best scoring average in school history at 298.47.
Belt is a Class A PGA member and has extensive experience as a head golf professional having served as the head professional at West Lake Country Club in Augusta, Georgia and also at Jones Creek Golf Club. His duties as the head professional included providing leadership in regards to the day-to-day operations of the club as well as the teaching program and technology operations. Additionally, Belt ran all member-related tournaments and activities, while developing junior programs and tournaments series, while teaching all junior golf clinics.
In addition to his duties as the head golf professional, Belt served as a part-time assistant to the men and women’s golf teams at GRU Augusta. He helped current Ole Miss head coach and former GRU Augusta head coach; Henkes build the Jaguars into perennial top-25 program. Under Henkes’ watch and with the help of Belt, the Jaguars achieved their highest ranking in program history, checking in at No. 21 in the fall of 2014. Belt also developed the Papa John’s Augusta Junior Golf Tour, which was played on 10 area courses in Augusta.
Belt is a 2004 graduate of Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Michigan with a bachelor’s of science in business as a marketing major. Belt has a Nick Faldo Golf Institute Teaching certificate and a Troon Golf Teaching Institute certificate and is a member of the Ferris State Professional Golf Alumni Golf Association.