Rebels Go Low in Spring Opener


HUMBLE, Texas—The Ole Miss men’s golf team traveled west to Humble, Texas to compete in their first tournament of the new year at the All-American Intercollegiate at the Golf Club of Houston. At the conclusion of the opening round, No. 8 Auburn leads the pack with a 14-under 274 as the Rebels sit two strokes behind in third (276). Ole Miss’ opening round score was its lowest of the 2017-18 season as well as the seventh-best team total in school history.

Ole Miss owned the par-4’s with a 3.88 stroke average led by junior Josh Seiple. Seiple was the leading force all around for the Rebels as he used six birdies to help card a 5-under 67, tying his career low, landing him in a tie for second place after day one.

Reigning NCAA Champion Braden Thornberry checked in behind Seiple as he fired a 3-under 69, also with the assistance of six birdies. Thornberry’s score was largely the result of his first nine holes, where he worked four birdies. He sits in a 12-way tie for 12th place.

Coming off the best tournament of his career before the break, senior Kerry Sweeney carded a 2-under 70. The Melbourne, Florida, native worked a pair of birdies on both nines, but his 34 on the front led to his final tally. Sophomore Chip Getz matched Sweeney’s score and birdie count. Both are in an eight-way tie for 23rd place. Freshman Cecil Wegener rounded up the lineup with a 1-over 73 to enter Round 2 in an 11-way tie for 51st.

Ole Miss will return to the All-American Intercollegiate for Round 2 tomorrow beginning at 8:30 a.m. CT.

Malloy’s Minute

“I’m very pleased with the way that we came out of the gates today. You never know what you’re going to get when you’re coming out of the off-season. We need to keep the pedal down and capitalized down the stretch, but it was definitely at great day and solid team effort.”

The Rebels

T2. Josh Seiple (67)

T12. Braden Thornberry (69)

T23. Chip Getz (70)

T23. Kerry Sweeney (70)

T52. Cecil Wegener (73)

Team Standings

T1. Auburn 274 (-14)
T1. Houston 274 (-14)
3. Ole Miss 276 (-12)
4. Baylor 279 (-9)
T5. South Carolina 281 (-7)
T5. South Alabama 281 (-7)
T5. North Texas 281 (-7)
8.Sam Houston State 285 (-3)
T9. Wake Forest 286 (-2)
T9. SMU 286 (-2)
T11. Rice 290 (+2)
T11. UTSA 290 (+2)
T13. Southeastern Louisiana 292 (+4)
T13. McNeese State 292 (+4)
15. Charlotte 294 (+6)
16. Georgia State 295 (+7)
17. Cincinnati 296 (+8)
18. Lamar University 297 (+9)

Tournament Schedule (CT)

Saturday, February 16

8:30 a.m. Round 2 (Ole Miss tee off at 10:06 a.m.)

Sunday, February 17

8:30 a.m. Final Round







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