Rebels Welcome Three Newcomers for Fall 2018
Nov. 8, 2017
OXFORD, Miss—As the Ole Miss men’s golf team recently wrapped up its fall play, head coach Chris Malloy is proud to announce three additions to the program for the following season. Jack Gnam, Thomas Hogan and Jackson Suber signed their letters of intent Wednesday, and they will become the newest members of the team next fall.
“Today is a very exciting day for our program,” said Malloy. “We are extremely excited about each of these three young men and the impact that they will have on our program.”
Gnam will join the Rebels from nearby, Ridgeland, Mississippi, where he currently attends Jackson Academy as a four-year letterwinner. Gnam has shown consistency throughout his high school play with a 72.0 stroke average and his lowest round checking in at 65. This average allowed him to be selected as a member of the all-state team all four years, while also helping his team to the MAIS Golf State Championship in 2015. Gnam’s most notable victory came at the Allstate Sugar Bowl Tommy Moore Memorial JGC in New Orleans, Louisiana last December. There, he turned in a 1-under (143) score to claim the title. Most recently, Gnam landed in the top-5 in both the Southern Junior Championship (212) and State Junior Championship (216).
“Jack has the potential to be a great player at this level. It is always special when you sign a high-level player from your home state,” said Malloy “He is familiar with some of our players and our program, and he will know what to expect when he arrives next fall.”
Ole Miss was an easy choice for Gnam, as he has been a fan his whole life and plans to pursue a degree in Business Administration.
“Signing with Ole Miss means the world to me. Playing college golf has been my goal since I was about seven years old. To make it even better, Ole Miss was a school that I dreamed about playing for when I was younger,” said Gnam. “Signing today will just be the culmination of one dream and the beginning of the next step in my golf career.”
Hogan will come to Oxford from St. Simons Island, Georgia. Hogan attends Frederica Academy where he serves as a three-year letterwinner and the captain of the Knights’ golf program. He has found great success across many different tournaments, while working a 74.9 stroke average. Last year, Hogan finished in second place at both the AJGA Davis Love III Junior Open, shooting 7-under, and the AJGA Wells Fargo Championship, shooting 3-under. He then went on to become a member of the AJGA Junior All-Star Team before he would win the Golden Isles Amateur Invitational with a 9-under score, the best of his career.
“Thomas has been committed for a long time and was someone that we identified early on that could help our program,” said Malloy. “I know that he will continue to improve and be ready to compete once he gets here next fall.”
As a member of the National Honor Society the past two years, Hogan too hopes to pursue a degree in Business Administration during his time at Ole Miss.
“Signing the letter of intent for Ole Miss is the highlight of my golf career. I know that playing for Coach Malloy and Coach Ellis will not only make me a better golfer, but a better person,” said Hogan. “While pursuing my passion for golf, I will be able to get a business degree from one of the top universities in the country. I believe that getting my education at Ole Miss and receiving the coaching and guidance will help me achieve my long-term dream of becoming a PGA Tour player.”
Suber joins the Rebels from Tampa, Florida where he attends H.B. Plant High School. As a four-year letterwinner, Suber has helped the Panthers to a district and regional championship all four years and most recently, the 3A State Championship. Over his four seasons, he has owned a 71.0 stroke average in addition to being a two-time State individual runner-up. In 2016, Suber was named the Tampa Bay Hillsborogh Player of the Year, Spectrum Sports Player of the Year and H.B. Plant’s High School Player of the Year.
Subar’s most notable accomplishments have come this year when he took third place in the Florida Amateur Championships (3-under), the USJR Amateur Championship Top 20 Stroke Play (1-under) and the Florida Boys Jr. Amateur (3-under).
“Jackson has really elevated his game over the last year and has played about as good of golf as any junior in the country,” said Malloy. “We expect him to continue on the same trajectory.”
In addition to his success on the course, Suber has seen accomplishments in the classroom during his time at Plant. As an AP Scholar, he has also been named to the National Honor Society, Beta Honor Society, and the AJGA Academic Honor Roll. Suber will look to continue both his athletic and academic success come fall at Ole Miss.
“It means so much to me to have the opportunity to play for Coach Malloy and Coach Ellis at Ole Miss,” said Suber. “I am so excited to play in the Southeastern Conference and compete at the highest level, all while obtaining a great education.”
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