Men's Golf Ready to Defend Title in San Diego
March 11, 2018

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– The Ole Miss men’s golf team will compete west of the Mississippi River for the third time this spring, traveling to California to defend its Lamkin San Diego Classic title (March 12-13). Facing 15 other teams, including 10 ranked in Golfstat’s top 50 national poll, the Rebels return to the San Diego Country Club (Par 72 – 7,033 yards) in a quest to become back-to-back champions of the highly-competitive tournament.

The 54-hole event, hosted by the University of San Diego and San Diego State, begins Monday with two rounds. A shotgun start will get the golfers going at 10 a.m. CT, and an afternoon round will complete 36 holes of play on the first day. A morning 18 on Tuesday will conclude the tournament.

The six golfers that teed off at last week’s Querencia Cabo Collegiate in Mexico will also represent Ole Miss in San Diego. Beau Briggs, Josh Seiple, Kerry Sweeney, Braden Thornberry (No. 11 in Golfweek’s individual rankings) and Cecil Wegener comprise the Rebels’ lineup, while sophomore Chip Getz tees off as an individual competitor. Four of the six Rebels (Briggs, Seiple, Sweeney and Thornberry) played in last year’s tournament, with Briggs, Seiple and Thornberry helping Ole Miss capture the 2017 tournament title.

Last season, Ole Miss posted the tournament's best final round of the day at 15-under par (273) to finish with a team total of 16-under (848) and win by 14 strokes over then-No. 28 North Carolina. The Rebels finished ahead of seven top-50 opponents including No. 18 Texas, No. 20 Duke and co-host No. 22 San Diego State. Ben Wolcott fired a 5-under par 67 in the final round to pick up his first career win (70-70-67—207) and lead Ole Miss to its fourth victory of the 2016-17 season. Thornberry (71-74-69—214) and Seiple (72-74-69—215) earned top-20 finishes, placing 16th and 18th, respectively. Briggs used an eagle on the 513-yard par-5 hole No. 2 to post a final round score of 1-under 71 and tie for 39th place (74-75-71—220). Competing as an individual, Sweeney tied for 11th at 3-under (70-70-73—213).

Ole Miss is coming off a 12th-place finish (291-290-299—880) at the Querencia Cabo Collegiate in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Thornberry shot a 1-over 214 (73-69-72) to pace the Rebel golfers and tie for 12th individually, while Sweeney was close behind at 4-over (74-71-72—217).

The Lamkin San Diego Classic will be the last tournament out west for the Rebels this regular season. Ole Miss will compete in South Carolina (March 25-27), North Carolina (April 9-10) and Mississippi (April 16-17) before the SEC Championship (April 25-29).

Malloy’s Minute
“We are extremely excited to get back to San Diego and defend our title,” said head coach Chris Malloy. “This is one of our favorite courses we play throughout the year, so our guys really have a sense of comfort. We will need to be able to adjust to the firm greens and be ready to attack the course like we did last year.”

The Lineup
Beau Briggs, Junior
Josh Seiple, Junior
Kerry Sweeney, Senior
Braden Thornberry, Junior
Cecil Wegener, Freshman

Chip Getz, Sophomore (Individual)

The Field (GolfStat rankings top 50)
#40 Arizona
#47 Colorado
#34 Colorado State
#30 Louisville
Loyola Marymount
Middle Tennessee
New Mexico
#27 North Carolina
#1 Oklahoma State
Ole Miss
San Diego
#48 San Diego State
#42 St. Mary’s
#13 Texas
#9 Texas Tech

Tournament Schedule
Monday, March 12 (36 holes)
10:30 a.m. CT Shotgun Start

Tuesday, March 13 (18 holes)
10 a.m. CT Tee Times

About The Course
Designed by William Watson and built in 1921 before bulldozers were used, the San Diego Country Club maintains a rolling terrain that makes every shot different from the one before. The course was later remodeled by Billy Bell, who added additional length to course and added several tees and bunkers.  The greens and fairways have been judged by experts as the finest in Southern California. The club hosted the 1952 and 1953 PGA Tour’s San Diego Open; the 1964 USGA Women's Open Championship, which was won by San Diego Country Club honorary member Mickey Wright; the 1993 U.S. Women's Amateur Championship, the 2002 and 2007 Pacific Coast Amateur Championships, the annual Intercollegiate tournament, U.S. Open and U.S. Senior Open qualifying and the 2013 Southern California Golf Association Amateur Championship, all of which testify to the superb design and conditioning found at San Diego Country Club.

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