Men's Golf Misses Cut For NCAA Championships

OLEMISSSPORTSDOTCOM Jon Bartlett qualified for the NCAA Championship tournament by finishing 10th at the Central Regional in Victoria, Texas.
Jon Bartlett qualified for the NCAA Championship tournament by finishing 10th at the Central Regional in Victoria, Texas.

May 20, 2000

VICTORIA, Texas - The Ole Miss men's golf team shot a final-round 283 Saturday at the NCAA Central Regional to miss the cut for the championship round by six strokes. After a four-hole playoff, Jon Bartlett moves on the championships as an individual participant.

Bartlett, a senior from Ocala, Fla., closed out the tournament in tie for a 10th place with a 72-71-68--211, and then defeated Baylor's Jimmy Walker and Texas A&M's Matt Lindholm in the playoff to earn an individual spot in the NCAA Championships, to be held May 31-June 3 at the Grand National Golf Complex in Opelika, Ala.

The Rebels, who were making their second straight NCAA Tournament appearance, tied for 11th overall with a 289-294-283--866 at the Victoria Country Club. The top nine teams that advanced were Texas, Kent State, Oklahoma State, Houston, Minnesota, Northwestern, TCU, Kansas and Oklahoma. Arkansas' Craig Lile, who competed as an individual and tied for third, received the other individual berth for the championships.

The Texas Longhorns walked away with the top spot at the regional with a three-round 847, while Kent State used an 11-under-par team total on Saturday to finish second. Individually, Kent's Jon Mills finished with the best score of the tournament, shooting a 12-under-par 202.

For Ole Miss, junior Troy Muller of Braithwaite, La., fired a 70-74-71--215 to tie for 27th, while freshman Andrew Medley of Jackson, Miss., carded a 73-75-72--220 to rank 60th. Phil Caravia, a junior from Belleville, Ill., ended with a 74-74-73--221, and Chris Malloy, a senior >from Duluth. Ga., closed with a 76-78-72--226.

The Rebels end their season with six top five finishes, including a second-place performance at the Birkdale Collegiate Golf Classic. Ole Miss placed in the top eight in 12 of 13 tournaments, posting the second-most single-season top 10 finishes in school history.

NCAA CENTRAL REGIONAL -- Victoria Country Club, Victoria Texas

3.Oklahoma State288-279-283--850
(NOTE: The teams below do not advance to the NCAA Championships)
11.OLE MISS289-294-283--866
13.Texas A&M291-292-285--868
15.Ohio State303-286-285--874
17.Arkansas State296-300-284--880
18.SE Louisiana301-293-287--881
Arkansas-Little Rock305-291-285--881
Coastal Carolina290-307-289--886
23.North Texas297-299-292--888
24.Wichita State303-302-286--891
25.Oral Roberts306-297-290--893
27.Jackson State300-294-311--905


1.Jon Mills, Kent State71-66-65--202
2.Cody Freeman, Oklahoma71-67-69--207
3.Craig Lile, Arkansas (ind.)71-71-66--208
David Gossett, Texas70-72-66--208
Luke Donald, N'western69-69-70--208
Matt Brost, Texas72-71-65--208
Aaron Hickman, TCU72-67-69--208


T10.Jon Bartlett72-71-68--211
T27.Troy Muller70-74-71--215
T60.Andrew Medley73-75-72--220
T68.Phil Caravia74-74-73--221
T106.Chris Malloy76-78-72--226
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