May 5, 2014
OXFORD, Miss. – Junior standout Blake Morris will travel to Auburn, Ala., to compete as an individual in the NCAA Auburn Regional beginning Thursday, May 15.
The regional, hosted by Auburn University, will be held at the par-72, 7,326-yard course at the Auburn University Club.
The Waterbury Conn., native led the Ole Miss men’s golf team with a 71.25 stroke average and finished in the top-20 in eight of 11 tournaments, including four top-five finishes. He claimed his first individual title as a Rebel back in the fall at the Shoal Creek Invitational in Birmingham, Ala., with a three-round total of 8-under par.
“I’m disappointed we didn’t make the tournament as a team,” Morris said. “We were so close. I feel for my teammates. It is always a great honor being able to represent your school and team in the NCAA Tournament. I’m looking forward to closing out my season on a high note at Auburn and capping off what has been a great year. Most importantly, I’m looking forward to representing Ole Miss.
“As Blake’s coach, I am very proud of his dedication and desire,” Ole Miss head coach Ernest Ross said. “He wants to play well so badly. He is so close to being an All-American and a good week at Regionals can make all the difference.”
Joining Morris in the individuals selected to participate in the regional include: JD Tomlinson, Florida; Jared Bettcher, Troy; Marco Iten, Austin Peay; Theodore Lederhausen, Harvard.
Teams competing in the Auburn seeded in order include Alabama, Virginia Tech, Texas, Auburn, New Mexico, BYU, Kennesaw State, Colorado, Louisville, UNC-Greensboro, UC Davis, Sam Houston State, St. John’s and Alabama State.
Five teams from each regional and one individual not on those teams will advance to the NCAA Championships, which will take place May 23-28 at the Prairie Dunes Country Club in Hutchinson, Kansas.
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