Men's Golf Stays in State for Final Tournament Pre-SEC Championship
April 15, 2018


- After traveling throughout the country and even to Mexico to play some picturesque golf courses, the Ole Miss men's golf team remains in state for its final tournament prior to the SEC Championship. The Rebels will make the trek 94 miles southeast to West Point, Mississippi for the Old Waverly Collegiate Championship, April 16-17. 

Fifteen teams will play Old Waverly Golf Club, which measures 7,000 yards at a par 72. No. 34 Ole Miss is one of three teams in the field ranked top 50 in Golfstat's national poll (No. 10 LSU, No. 20 South Florida). The Rebels also join LSU and host Mississippi State as the three SEC squads in the event. The tournament will begin Monday with 36 holes beginning at 8:30 a.m. CT (shotgun start). The final round will take place Tuesday morning with another 8:30 p.m. shotgun start.

The Rebels are playing in the Old Waverly Collegiate Championship for the sixth straight season. Ole Miss has placed in the tournament's top three each of the past four years. Last season, the Rebels finished in third when the tournament was shortened to 36 holes. During the 2015-16 campaign, Ole Miss was the event's runner up. The Rebels will look to continue that success in the last tournament before next week's conference championship in Sea Island, Georgia.

The Ole Miss lineup will consist of Beau Briggs, Josh Seiple, Kerry Sweeney, Braden Thornberry and Cecil Wegener. Sophomore Chip Getz will also compete as an individual. Briggs has played in seven of the team's nine tournaments this season, last appearing in the lineup when the Rebels captured the Hootie at Bulls Bay (March 25-27). Seiple is playing his best golf as Ole Miss nears postseason play. The redshirt junior has a pair of top-15 finishes over the last two tournaments, posting a 70.50 stroke average during that stretch. Sweeney, the lone senior on the squad, holds the second lowest stroke average on the team (73.13). At last year's Old Waverly Collegiate Championship, Sweeney fired a 67 in the second round for the Rebels' lowest round of the tournament.

Thornberry enters the week as one of 10 semifinalists for the Ben Hogan Award, an honor given to the best collegiate golfer in the country. The No. 1 ranked amateur in the world (Golfweek/ became the first golfer in school history to become a Ben Hogan Award semifinalist. Thornberry has paced the Rebel golfers in all five tournaments this spring as well as eight of nine throughout the season. His stroke average of 69.81 ranks third in the SEC and 14th nationally. He placed third at last week's Gary Koch Invitational (April 9-10), the 18th top-five finish of his career. Last season at Old Waverly, Thornberry finished in third place with a pair of 69s.

The more tournaments Wegner gets under his belt, the better he performs. The three-time SEC Freshman of the Week produced his first career top-10 finish when he helped Ole Miss win the Hootie at Bulls Bay. While his 54-hole total of 212 (69-76-67) was a career low at the time, a new personal best was set at the Gary Koch Invitational. Wegener used a pair of 67s to help fire a 211, leading Ole Miss in two of the three rounds and placing 10th individually for the second tournament in a row.

Along with sitting at No. 34 in Golfstat's rankings, the Rebels enter this week's tournament ranked No. 32 in the Golfweek Coaches Poll and the Golfweek/Sagarin standings. Last week, Ole Miss placed third at the Gary Koch Invitational for its sixth top-five finish of the season and fourth in the top three.

Malloy's Minute
"Playing in our home state is the perfect way to wrap up our regular season before we head to Sea Island for the SEC Championship," said head coach Chris Malloy. "We always enjoy coming over to Old Waverly, as our team has some familiarity with the course. It's important for us to play three rounds of solid golf so we can take that consistency into next week."

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

Chip Getz, Sophomore

The Field (GolfStat rankings top 50)
Coastal Carolina
Little Rock
#10 LSU
Louisiana Tech
Mississippi State
#34 Ole Miss
South Alabama
#20 South Florida
Southern Miss

Tournament Schedule
Monday, April 16 (36 holes)
Shotgun start 8:30 a.m. CT

Tuesday, April 10 (18 holes)
Tee Times 8 a.m. - 10:20 a.m. CT

About The Course
Measuring 7,000 yards and playing as a par 72, Old Waverly opened formally in September 1988. Old Waverly's 18-hole championship course excels, having been named to Golfweek's Top 100, Golf Digest's Top Course in Mississippi for too many years to count and Golf Digest's Top 100 courses. Since 1990, Old Waverly has hosted numerous events including the men's and women's SEC Championship, Southern Golf Association Women's and Junior Championships, the 2006 U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur Championship, as well as the 1999 U.S. Women's Open. In 2019, the top women's players in the nation will take on the course as it hosts the prestigious U.S. Women's Amateur. Seven thousand yards of undulating fairways, four lakes, numerous sand oases and well-manicured greens surrounded by tall pines and numerous hardwoods have been at the center of the rising and falling of many competitive golfers of all ages from all across the United States and the globe as they did their best to do better than par.

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