FRANKLIN, Tenn. - The Ole Miss Rebels put together a solid final round in the Mason Rudolph Championship, as senior Billy Brozovich and freshman Joe Lewis shot a 4-under and 3-under, respectively; but the Rebels fell one stroke away from taking the tournament title Sunday.
Middle Tennessee State bested Ole Miss by one stroke and third-place Georgia Southern by two in a tournament that was tightly-contested the entire weekend.
"We wanted to win badly," said Ole Miss head coach Ernest Ross. "We didn't make a few shots down the stretch, and Middle Tennessee did. I give them credit for playing a very good round today. This is a positive to build on for the future."
This was the best finish for Ole Miss since the 2010 SEC Championship, and the 845 total score for the entire tournament was the ninth-best in school history. The Rebels earned the program's fourth top-five finish in their last five appearances at the Mason Rudolph Championship.
Brozovich earned the best finish of his career at Ole Miss, thanks to four birdies in the final six holes. The Greenville, Miss. native's 4-under tied for the best round of the day and gave him a 5-under for the tournament--three strokes back from individual medalist Hunter Green of Middle Tennessee State.
Joe David, the individual leader at the conclusion of the first and second rounds, tied Brozovich's 5-under overall score to notch his second top-five finish of the season and the fourth of his career. David shot an even-71 Sunday, but was unable to match Green's 4-under in the final round.
In just the second tournament of his collegiate career, Lewis earned a ninth place finish at 2-under. Lewis struggled on Friday, shooting a 4-over, but went over-par on just three of his final 36 holes to card a 3-under and 2-under on Saturday and Sunday, respectively.
Blake Morris shot a 3-over 74 Sunday to finish at 7-over for the tournament. Tom Brown finished one stroke behind Morris.
The Rebels will return to action Oct. 7-9 at the Brickyard Collegiate in Macon, Ga.
TEAM STANDINGS (FINAL) MASON RUDOLPH CHAMPIONSHIP (FRANKLIN, TENN.) 1. Middle Tennessee St. 285-280-279--844 2. Ole Miss 290-275-280--845 3. Georgia Southern 284-283-281--848 4. Oklahoma 285-279-287--851 5. Memphis 288-292-276--856 6. Davidson College 288-284-286--858 7. College of Charleston 289-285-285--859 8. Vanderbilt 292-293-280--865 9. Akron 293-280-293--866 10. Samford 293-293-287--873 11. South Carolina 291-298-288--877 T12. Western Carolina 306-301-289--896 T12. Georgia State 301-295-300--896 14. Belmont 293-310-294--897 OLE MISS INDIVIDUALS T3. Joe David 69-68-71--208 T3. Billy Brozovich 73-68-67--208 T9. Joe Lewis 75-68-69--212 T39. Blake Morris 75-71-74--220 T43. Tom Brown 73-75--73--221
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