Feb. 25, 2003
MANDEVILLE, La. -
Three players fired par or better for the tournament, but it wasn't enough to push Ole
Miss into the top spot, as the Rebels slipped to fifth in the final round of the Beau Chene
Collegiate Classic with a score of 290-277-291--858.
Southern Miss won the title with a score of 280-285-288--853, while Chris
Wheeler of Tulane claimed the overall title with a score of 65-70-69--204.
"We're excited about the play of some of our younger and newer members of the
squad," said head coach Woody Cowart. "Jarrod Gardner and Jonathan Lenz have
continued to play well after opening the season strong in our first tournament. Pope
Spruiell is playing like he did to start the fall season, and gave us a strong push on the
"We are playing well as a team, we're just looking for that final push to take us
into the top spot instead of letting a team slip by us," Cowart continued. "One we find
that, this is going to be a very tough team down the stretch."
Jarrod Gardner, a sophomore on the team, led the way for the Rebels as he
finished three-under-par for the tournament with a score of 75-68-70--213. The second
round score of 68 marked the best round of his career, while the finish also matched the
best finish of Gardner's career. Gardner has fired a 69 twice before in his career.
Pope Spruiell finished the tournament two-under-par, propelled by a strong second
round that saw him fire a 66, the second lowest round in tournament history. The junior's
total of 72-66-76--214 put him in a tie for the No. 13 spot in the final standings and
marked his second top-20 finish of his Ole Miss career.
Jonathan Lenz continued his solid play from the Taylormade Intercollegiate, hitting
par for the event with a score of 72-70-74--216. The total put Lenz in a tie for the No. 18
spot in the standings and marked the third Rebel to finish in the top-20 of the event.
Jordan Dempsey and Lucas Boyd rounded out the scoring for the Rebel squad.
Dempsey finished just outside the top-25 as he carded a score of 71-74-74--219 to give
him a tie for the No. 26 spot overall. Boyd finished the event with a score 0f
75-73-73--221 to finish tied for the No. 34 spot in the standings.
Ole Miss will take a week off before hitting the links again at the Palencia
Collegiate Invitational, hosted by the University of North Florida in Jacksonville. The
tournament will be played March 2-3, 2003. The event will be held at the Palencia in St.
Augustine, Fla., and played on a par-72, 7,071-yard course.
1. Southern Miss 280-285-288--853
2. Campbell 285-283-286--854
3. SE Louisiana 286-277-293--856
4. East Carolina 291-277-289--857
5. OLE MISS 290-277-291--858
6. Colorado State 284-288-288--860
7. Coastal Carolina 293-285-295--873
8. Sam Houston State 286-285-304--875
11. Louisiana-Monroe 296-293-296--885
12. McNeese State 289-300-299--888
13. Troy State 299-296-301--896
14. New Mexico State 297-299-303--899
15. Charlotte 298-307-297--902
OLE MISS' TEAM SCORES
T11. Jarrod Gardner 75-68-70--213
T13. Pope Spruiell 72-66-76--214
T18. Jonathan Lenz 72-70-74--216
T26. Jordan Dempsey 71-74-74--219
T34. Lucas Boyd 75-73-73--221