Men's Golf Begins National Championship Quest at Bryan Regional
May 13, 2018


– Advancing to an NCAA Regional the third time in the past four years, the Ole Miss men’s golf team will begin its quest for a national championship at the Bryan Regional (May 14-16). The Rebels will battle 12 other teams at Traditions Club, the home of Texas A&M, in Bryan, Texas beginning Monday morning, May 14.

For the 11th time in program history, Ole Miss earned a trip to the NCAA Regional Championships. The Rebels, No. 31 in Golfweek’s national rankings and the coaches poll, as well as No. 34 Golfstat’s national poll, will be the sixth seed in the Bryan Regional. Joining Ole Miss in Bryan will be the top-seeded Aggies, Baylor, Clemson, Kentucky, UCLA, South Carolina, San Francisco, Georgia, Mississippi State, UNCW, Northern Colorado and Bradley.

The Rebels earned their berth by ranking in the top 50 of national rankings throughout the year. Playing in 11 tournaments, Ole Miss finished in the top five in seven of them. Moreover, the Rebels recorded five top-three finishes, including a win at the Hootie at Bulls Bay (March 25-27). The victory at The Hootie came via comeback as Ole Miss erased a six-shot deficit with a school-record 269 (-19) in the final round.

The Ole Miss lineup will feature Beau Briggs, Josh Seiple, Kerry Sweeney, Braden Thornberry and Cecil Wegener. This will be the third straight tournament with this lineup, a group that finished third at the Old Waverly Collegiate Championship (April 16-17) and advanced to the match play portion of the SEC Championships (April 25-29). Briggs (73.30 stroke average) has played in nine of the team’s 11 tournaments this season, his best finish coming at the FAMC Intercollegiate at the Grove (T5th) in the fall.

Seiple (73.30 stroke average) has a pair of top-15 finishes in two of his last four tournaments, including a career-best tie for eighth at the Hootie at Bulls Bay (March 25-27). At the SEC Championships, he fired a career-low 65 (-5) in the second round. He is one of only two golfers (Thornberry) that have played in all 11 tournaments this season.

Sweeney is tied for the second-lowest stroke average on the team (73.27). The senior has played in 10 tournaments in this final year as a Rebel. At the conference championships, he held a commanding lead in his match vs. Florida before it was called off due to the Gators clinching the team victory.

As the defending national champion, Thornberry (69.88 stroke average) will have a target on his back as he tries to retain his title. The No. 1 ranked amateur in the world by Golfweek/ is one of three finalists for the Ben Hogan Award, the first Hogan Award finalist in school history. He is also a semifinalist for the Jack Nicklaus Award and is on the Fred Haskins Award Watch List. Thornberry ranks top 20 nationally in the following categories: versus par (8th at -2.12), scoring average (11th-69.88), par 4 scoring (14th-3.97), birdies (18th-134) and par 5 scoring (20th-4.54). He owns four individual victories this season, increasing his career total to a school-record 11. Thornberry earned medalist honors at the Shoal Creek Invitational, FAMC Intercollegiate at The Grove, Hootie at Bulls Bay and Old Waverly Collegiate Championship. This past week, Thornberry became a first team All-SEC honoree for the second straight season, the sixth Rebel in school history to accomplish that feat. 

Wegener (73.27 stroke average) is coming off a runner-up finish at the SEC Championships, a career-best showing. He fired a career-low 205 (-5), which included a personal-best 65 (-5) in round two, to sit tied atop the leaderboard after 54 holes. Although he fell to Florida’s Andy Zhang on the third playoff hole, his performance in his first conference championship led Ole Miss to the match play portion of the tournament. The only three-time SEC Freshman of the Week this season, Wegener became the first Rebel in eight years to earn SEC All-Freshman honors. He’s playing his best golf at the most important time of the year, finishing in the top 10 in three of the last four tournaments.

Ole Miss is playing an NCAA Regional for the eighth time in the past 12 years. The Rebels have earned a spot in three out of Chris Malloy’s four seasons guiding the program. Last year, Ole Miss used strong play at the Austin Regional to advance to the NCAA National Championship for the first time since 2001. The Rebels are looking to make back-to-back trips to the national championship since three straight appearances from 1999-2001.

In order to get back to the NCAA Championships, the Rebels will need to finish in the top five this week. The 2018 NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championships will be held at Karsten Creek Golf Club in Stillwater, Oklahoma (May 25-30).

Malloy’s Minute
“We are looking forward to getting started this week and carrying over the momentum that we have from the SEC Championship,” said head coach Chris Malloy. “This week is all about being consistent and level headed. That is some that this group has done all spring, and I expect more of the same this week.”

The Lineup
Beau Briggs, Junior (Tee time – 8 a.m.)
Josh Seiple, Junior (Tee time – 8:22 a.m.)
Kerry Sweeney, Senior (Tee time – 8:11 a.m.)
Braden Thornberry, Junior (Tee time – 8:44 a.m.)
Cecil Wegener, Freshman (Tee time – 8:33 a.m.)

The Field (GolfStat Ranking)
No. 1 seed Texas A&M (#2)
No. 2 seed Baylor (#11)
No. 3 seed Clemson (#14)
No. 4 seed Kentucky (#23)
No. 5 seed UCLA (#26)
No. 6 seed Ole Miss (#34)
No. 7 seed South Carolina (#38)
No. 8 seed San Francisco (#47)
No. 9 seed Georgia (#50)
No. 10 seed Mississippi State (#59)
No. 11 seed UNCW (#66)
No. 12 seed Northern Colorado (#150)
No. 13 seed Bradley (#165)

Tournament Schedule
Monday, May 14 (18 Holes)
Round 1 - Stroke Play (8 a.m. – 8:44 a.m. tee times off No. 10)

Tuesday, May 15 (18 holes)
Round 2 - Stroke Play (Tee Times)

Wednesday, May 16 (18 holes)
Round 3 - Stroke Play (Tee Times)

About The Course
Name: Traditions Club
Location: Bryan, Texas 77807
Opened: 2004
Par/Yardage: 72 / 7,146
Rating / Slope:  74.6 / 151.0
Fairway/Rough Grass: Bermuda
Greens: TifDwarf Bermuda
Designer: Jack Nicklaus/Jack Nicklaus II

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