Ole Miss Places Third in Spring Opener
Feb. 18, 2018


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HUMBLE, Texas—The Ole Miss men’s golf team placed third in its first tournament of the new year, the All-American Intercollegiate at the Golf Club of Houston. The Rebels used two season-low team totals over a three-day span (276-291-274—841) to finish three strokes behind the runner-up, No. 3 Baylor, and 19 strokes behind the champions, No. 8 Auburn.

The Rebels’ 841 final matches right where they left off at the Warrior Princeville Makai Invitational in October and ties for the 7th-lowest tournament score in school history.

In the opening round, the Rebels carded a 276, a season low at the time, to sit just two strokes behind the Tigers, exiting day one in second place. This was a result of owning the par-4’s led by junior Josh Seiple’s 5-under 67, tying the lowest 18 of his career. Fellow junior Braden Thornberry followed Seiple after carding a 3-under 69.

On Saturday, the Rebels fell three places on the leaderboard after tallying a 3-over day (291) and their leading force, Seiple, moved halfway down the leaderboard after shooting 5-over (77). However, Thornberry remained steady with a 3-under score for the second day in a row to enter the final round in a three-way tie for sixth, putting him in contention.

In the final round, the Rebels were ready. Ole Miss carded a season-low 274, tying for the third-lowest score in school history. This was largely due to the junior duo in the lineup. Seiple’s day came without a bogey as the Castle Rock, Colorado, native landed three birdies on both the front and back nine to card a career-low 6-under 66, moving him back towards the top of the leaderboard. The juniors three-round 210 (67-77-66) is four strokes better than his previous career low and allowed him to finish in a three-way tie for 11th place.

Thornberry began his Sunday with three birdies on the front nine before capturing five on the back nine, two coming on holes 17 and 18, which he made par on both in the first two rounds. The reigning NCAA Champion carded a 65 (-7) to finish at 13-under to place second for the first time in his career. Thornberry’s 203 total for a three-round tournament ties himself for third lowest in school history.

While both Seiple and Thornberry found moments of honor throughout the weekend, the Rebels third-place finish was helped by both senior Kerry Sweeney and sophomore Chip Getz’s seven-way tie for 28th place. Sweeney and Getz both began their weekend shooting 2-under, but Getz left Texas as the Par-4 leader with a 3.73 stoke average, allowing Ole Miss to claim the top spot in that category.

Ole Miss will return to the course for qualifiers throughout the remainder of the month before they take flight to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico for the Querencia Cabo Collegiate the opening weekend of March.

Malloy’s Minute

“I am so proud of the way that these guys came out and competed today. We struggled a bit yesterday, and they didn’t let it bother them. That is what really good teams do and they showed a lot of heart this weekend. Braden Thornberry continues to play like the best player in the nation. He carried us this weekend, but it was really a great team effort. Josh Seiple had two amazing rounds, and I know that will give him some confidence going forward.”

The Rebels
2.Braden Thornberry 69-69-65—203
T11. Josh Seiple 67-77-66—210
T28. Chip Getz 70-73-71—214
T28. Kerry Sweeney 70-72-72—214
T71. Cecil Wegener 73-79-72—224

The Field
1. Auburn 274-271-277—822
2. Baylor 279-279-280—838
3. Ole Miss 276-291-274—841
4. South Carolina 281-283-279—843
5. Houston 274-288-287—849
6. Wake Forest 286-282-282—850
7. North Texas 281-292-287—860
T8. SMU 286-289-288—863
T8. South Alabama 281-292-290—863
10. UTSA 290-290-285—865
11. Sam Houston State 285-293-289—867
12. Rice 290-289-289—868
13. Charlotte 294-289-287—870
T14. Cincinnati 296-293-285—874
T14. Georgia State 295-294-285—874
16. McNeese State 292-300-299—891
17. Southeastern Louisiana 292-300-299—891
18. Lamar 297-300-295—892

 


 

 

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