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Braden Thornberry

Braden  Thornberry

Class:
Junior

Hometown:
Olive Branch, Miss.

High School:
DeSoto Central

Experience:
2L

06/11/2017

Thornberry Finishes Top Four At FedEx St. Jude Classic

Rebels Posts Best Amateur Finish at Event Since 1965

06/07/2017

Thornberry Named Haskins Award Winner As Top Collegiate Golfer

Sophomore Adds Honor After Winning National Title

06/07/2017

Thornberry Readies For PGA Tour FedEx St. Jude Classic

Sophomore to Tee Off in First PGA Tour Event

06/01/2017

Meet The Press: Malloy, Thornberry Talk NCAA Title

NCAA Champions Met With The Media

05/29/2017

Thornberry Captures NCAA National Championship

Wins Ole Miss' First Golf National Championship

CAREER
First all-time at Ole Miss in tournament victories with eight ... 2017 NCAA Champion. 

2017-18 (JUNIOR): Rated the No. 1 college golfer in the country heading into the 2017-18 by Golfweek.com ... Preseason first team All-American (Golfweek.com) ... Competed in all three tournaments, placing first in two of them ... Posted a 70.22 stroke average ... Found his first victory of the season at the first tournament, the Shoal Creek Intercollegate after posting a fall-best single round 66 score ... This victory marked his 8th individual title, becoming the most victories in school history ... Carded a fall-best single round 66 again at the FAMC Intercollegiate for a 1st place finish, the ninth of his career. 

SUMMER 2017
Made his PGA Tour debut at the FedEx St. Jude Classic and placed fourth, the highest amateur finisher at the FedEx St. Jude since 1965 and has the best amateur finish on the PGA Tour in 2017 ... Also competed in the PGA Tour's Greenbrier Classic as the winner to the Fred Haskins Award ... Won the prestigious Sunnehanna Amateur with a four-round total of 13 under (68-69-65-65--267) ... Qualified for the U.S. Amateur and defeated world No. 1 Joaquin Niemann ... Became the first Rebel to play in the Walker Cup, representing the United States.

2016-17 (SOPHOMORE): 
Captured the NCAA Arnold Palmer Individual National Championship with a 72-hole total of 11 under (66-71-69-71--277), becoming the first Rebel golfer to win a national title ... Earned the Fred Haskins Award, given to the most outstanding men's collegiate golfer, to become the first Ole Miss golfer to win the award ... Led the nation in stroke average at 69.57, the lowest single-season stroke average in school history, and collected five individual wins throughout the season ... Set single-season school records for rounds in the 60's (23), rounds under par (31), lowest three-round score (198), top-five finishes (10) and top-10 finishes (11) ... Named to the 2017 All-Nicklaus Team and earned PING First Team All-American honors by the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA)... First Team All-SEC and PING Southeast All-Region team ... Competed in all 14 tournaments ... In the spring, placed in the top five in each of the final six tournaments of the season ... Claimed medalist honors at the Ryman Hospitality Intercollegiate with a 54-hole total of 199 (65-69-65) ... Placed runner-up at the Hootie at Bulls Bay before tallying a pair of third-place finishes at the Old Waverly Collegiate Championship and SEC Championship ...  Named Amateur of the Month (October) by the Southern Golf Association ...  Earned medalist honors at the AutoTrader.com Collegiate Classic, where he set the school record for lowest tournament score at 68-64-66—198 ... His second-round score of 8-under 64 and tournament score of 198 set the tournament record for lowest tournament score and lowest round of 18 score … Earned co-medalist honors at the Franklin American Mortgage Company Intercollegiate at the Grove with a score of 71-69-71-211 to help Ole Miss earn their first tournament win  … Won at the Warrior Princeville Makai Intercollegiate with a score of 71-65-67—203 to help Ole Miss earn their third victory … Finished T4th at The Invitational at the Ocean Course as the Rebels finished second as a team.

2015-16 (FRESHMAN)
Competed in all 11 tournaments ... Led the Rebels with a 72.24 stroke average ... Was the Rebels' top finisher in six tournaments ... Posted six finishes inside the top-20 ... Earned his first career title at the FAU Slomin Autism Invite with a career-low score of 205 ... Earned Medalist Honors at the Old Waverly Invitational with a score of 209 ... Fired a career-low round score of 67 in the second round of the Erin Hills Intercollegiate ... Picked up his first top-20 finish at the Shoal Creek Invitational with a score of 220 to finish T20 ... Earned his first top-10 at the Erin Hills Intercollegiate, with a score of 72-67-76--215 to finish T8 ... Named First-Team Rolex Junior All-American by the Junior Golf Association ... Tied for fourth place at the Seminole Intercollegiate with a score of 72-67-72--211 ... Finished tied for 18th at the Querencia Cabo Collegiate with a score of 72-69-74--215

HIGH SCHOOL:
Ranked No. 12 in the country for the 2015 class …Finished junior golf career ranked No. 6 in the world … Three-time Rolex All-American (2013-15) ... Two-time Gary Gilchrist Junior All-Star Team member (2012-13) ... Four-time AJGA Champion ... Two-time Bubba Conlee Champion (2013 and 2015) ... Future Masters Champion (2011) ... Holds five course records ... Two-time Mississippi 6A Individual State Champion (2014-15) ... Mississippi State Junior Amateur Champion (2012) ... Five-time United States Junior Golf Tour Player of the Year ... 2015 U.S. Amateur Qualifier ... Represented the East Team in the AJGAs prestigious Wyndham Cup Event.


PERSONAL: Son of Les and Veronica Thornberry ... Full name is William Braden Thornberry ... Born April 11, 1997 ... Enrolled in the College of Liberal Arts.   

THORNBERRY BY THE NUMBERS

YEAR ROUNDS AVERAGE
2017-18 (Junior) 12 70.33
2016-17 (Sophomore) 42 69.57
2015-16 (Freshman) 33 72.24


CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

Low 18 (Single Round) 64 (AutoTrader.com Collegiate Classic, 2016-17)
Low 54 (Tournament) 198 (AutoTrader.com Collegiate Classic, 2016-17)
Best Individual Finish 1st (9X, MR at Franklin American Mortgage Intercollegiate, 2017-18)
1st Place Finishes 9
Top Five Finishes 15
Top 10 Finishes 17
Top 20 Finishes 20

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      Friday, January 19, 2018 - Football

      Top Performers: Zedrick Woods (64 tackles, four break ups, four deflections) C.J. Moore (51 tackles, three interceptions) Returning in 2018: Zedrick Woods (Sr., 3L) Jaylon Jones (Jr., 2L), Cam Ordway (Sr., 3L), C.J. Moore (Sr., 3L), Armani Linton (Jr.,... read more

    • A Closer Look: Cornerbacks

      Thursday, January 18, 2018 - Football

      This is the eighth of a 10-part position-by-position series looking back at the 2017 season, as well as previewing what lies ahead for Ole Miss football in 2018. Top Performer: Myles Hartsfield (29 solo tackles, 14 assisted tackles, 43... read more

    • A Closer Look: Linebackers

      Wednesday, January 17, 2018 - Football

      This is the seventh of a 10-part position-by-position series looking back at the 2017 season, as well as previewing what lies ahead for Ole Miss football in 2018. Top Performer: DeMarquis Gates (112 tackles, 2 sacks, 10 TFL) Returning... read more

    • A Closer Look: Defensive Line

      Tuesday, January 16, 2018 - Football

      This is the sixth of a 10-part position-by-position series looking back at the 2017 season, as well as previewing what lies ahead for Ole Miss football in 2018. Top Performer: Breeland Speaks (27 solo tackles, 40 assisted tackles, 67... read more

    • A Closer Look: Offensive Line

      Monday, January 15, 2018 - Football

      This is the fifth of a 10-part position-by-position series looking back at the 2017 season, as well as previewing what lies ahead for Ole Miss football in 2018. Returning in 2018: Greg Little (Jr., 2L), Sean Rawlings (Sr., 3L),... read more

    • A Closer Look: Tight Ends

      Thursday, January 11, 2018 - Football

      This is the fourth of a 10-part position-by-position series looking back at the 2017 season, as well as previewing what lies ahead for Ole Miss football in 2018. Top Performer: Dawson Knox (10 catches, 324 yards) Returning in 2018:... read more

    • Luke Named Grand Marshal of Biloxi's Mardi Gras Parade

      Thursday, January 11, 2018 - Football

      Ole Miss head coach Matt Luke will return to home to the Mississippi Gulf Coast in February. Luke was named the Neptune Parade Grand Marshal and will lead the Krew of Neptune's annual Mardi Gras Parade. The parade is... read more

    • A Closer Look: Wide Receivers

      Wednesday, January 10, 2018 - Football

      This is the third of a 10-part position-by-position series looking back at the 2017 season, as well as previewing what lies ahead for Ole Miss football in 2018. Top Performers: A.J. Brown (75 catches, 1,252 yards, 11 touchdowns), DaMarkus... read more

    • A Closer Look: Quarterbacks

      Tuesday, January 9, 2018 - Football

      This is the second of a 10-part position-by-position series looking back at the 2017 season, as well as previewing what lies ahead for Ole Miss football in 2018. Top Performer: Jordan Ta'amu (115-of-173, 1,682 yards, 11 touchdowns, four interceptions)... read more

    • A Closer Look: Running Backs

      Monday, January 8, 2018 - Football

      This is the first of a 10-part position-by-position series looking back at the 2017 season, as well as previewing what lies ahead for Ole Miss football in 2018. Top Performer: Jordan Wilkins (155 carries, 1,011 rushing yards (6.5 avg.),... read more

    • Tyree Aiming to Become Vocal Leader for Ole Miss

      Sunday, January 7, 2018 -

      Ole Miss needed a lift in the final eight minutes of Saturday's win over Mississippi State. The Rebels trailed 51-42 and were in the midst of a horrible shooting night that had them on the fast track to falling to... read more

    • Luke to be Part of Coaches Film Room During National Title Game

      Saturday, January 6, 2018 - Football

      Ole Miss head coach Matt Luke will participate in ESPN's Coaches Film room during Monday night's national championship game between Georgia and Alabama. The Coaches Film room is part of ESPN's MegaCast for the championship game that includes 20... read more

    • Rebels Relying on Guard Play Against Mississippi State

      Friday, January 5, 2018 -

       Andy Kennedy has made his team's path to success this season abundantly clear. Ole Miss has to play with a blue-collar mentality on the defensive end and needs its guards to carry most of the scoring load. The latter was part... read more

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      Saturday, December 30, 2017 - Football

      The waiter began removing the clean plates and silverware from the three empty seats on the white cloth. There was no need for them. The only chair occupied at this four-person table at Sonny Lee's Hunan Taste restaurant in... read more

    • Ole Miss Begins SEC Play Against South Carolina

      Saturday, December 30, 2017 - Men's Basketball

      Ole Miss begins a new segment of its season on Sunday and arguably its most important one as South Carolina comes to The Pavilion to tip off SEC play. It was an up-and-down non-conference season for the Rebels who lost three games at... read more

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