No. 34 Ole Miss Drops SEC Quarterfinals Match to No. 7 Florida
April 28, 2018


QUARTERFINAL RESULTS | PHOTO GALLERY

ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. – The No. 34 Ole Miss men’s golf team jumped out to an early lead over No. 7 Florida, but the Gators rallied to defeat the Rebels in the quarterfinals of the SEC Championship at Sea Island Golf Club on Saturday. Through the first six holes, No. 7 seed Ole Miss led in all five matches before No. 2 seed Florida produced comeback wins in the first three matches to move on to the tournament’s semifinals.  

Senior Kerry Sweeney and junior Braden Thornberry were ahead in their matches when play was halted due to Florida clinching the team match. Sweeney was 3-up with three holes to play, while Thornberry held a 2-up lead with four holes to play. Sweeney was 1-under through 15 holes and didn’t lose a single hole in his matchup versus Florida’s Alejandro Tosti. One of the hottest golfers on the course was Thornberry, who recorded four birdies in a five-hole stretch to take a 4-up lead to the back nine.

Josh Seiple was the first Rebel on the course, and the redshirt-junior got off to a fast start by winning the first two holes. On the par-4 second, Seiple nearly holed out his approach shot before the ball settled six inches from the cup for a conceded birdie. Florida’s John Axelsen got a hole back with a birdie on the third before squaring the match with another birdie on No. 7. Axelsen won the first three holes on the back nine to create some separation from Seiple, taking the match 3&2.

In a rematch from yesterday’s playoff for the SEC individual title, Florida’s Andy Zhang edged freshman Cecil Wegener 2&1. Early on, it looked as if Wegener was going to get his revenge as birdies on No. 5 and No. 8 gave him a 2-up lead at the turn. However, Zhang flipped the script by winning holes 10-12 for a 1-up advantage. Wegener continued to fight, bringing the match back to all square with a victory on No. 14. One hole later, a birdie by Zhang put the Gator back out in front before he finished off the match on No. 17.

After losing the opening hole, Beau Briggs went on a tear by taking the next three holes for a 2-up lead through four versus Florida’s Chris Nido. Nonetheless, Nido won four of the next five to close out the front with a 2-up cushion of his own. Briggs won the par-3 12th to make it a one-hole deficit, but Nido closed the match with a 4&2 decision.

Up next the Rebels await their placement in the NCAA Men’s Golf Regionals, which will be announced May 2 at 4:30 p.m. CT on the Golf Channel. The six possible destinations include the following: Stockton, California; Kissimmee, Florida; Raleigh, North Carolina; Columbus, Ohio; Norman, Oklahoma; Bryan, Texas.

Malloy’s Minute
“I’m very proud of the fight by our guys this week,” said head coach Chris Malloy. “I know that we didn’t come up on the good side of things today, but the guys gave everything they had. As I told them, there is only going to be one team that leaves here feeling great this week. Now, we will get back and get our games ready for the NCAA Tournament.”

Match Results
John Axelsen (UF) def. Josh Seiple (OM) 3&2
Andy Zhang (UF) def. Cecil Wegener (OM) 2&1
Chris Nido (UF) def. Beau Briggs (OM) 4&2
Kerry Sweeney (OM) 3-up over Alejandro Tosti (UF) thru 15 (susp.)
Braden Thornberry (OM) 2-up over Gordon Neale (UF) thru 14 (susp.)

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