The last time we saw our heroes, it was on the bays of Tampa as our young golfing squires took on the No. 25 South Florida Bulls in a one day team competition. The morning was individual match play, followed up by some two-man alternate shot in the afternoon.
The Golf Rebs jumped out to an early lead in the morning session as Brody Blackmon finished off his South Florida counterpart with a tidy 5&4 victory. The score quickly tied up when Chip Getz was narrowly defeated 2&1 in his match. It remained knotted up when Charlie Miller came in with a halve in his matchup.
It was at this point that our golfing boys decided to go on a bit of a run, winning four-straight matches and only dropping one more, to finish the morning with a commanding 5.5 to 2.5 match lead. The individual match scores were as follows:
- Blackmon def. Souchak 5&4
- Muttillo def. Getz 2&1
- Miller & Mbetse Halved
- Gnam def. Figus 2&1
- Briggs def. Gifford 3&2
- Vongchaisit def. Furuya 3&2
- Wegener def. Bergstrom 4&3
- Flexsenhar def. Suber 2&1
Heading into the afternoon, the Rebels only needed a single point to finish out on top. The point seemed to be a bit illusive to start as Ole Miss dropped its first three alternate shot matches to USF to bring the totals to 5.5 all. It came down to a best vs. best last match to determine the winner.
The team of Cecil Wegener and Tampa native Jackson Suber took on 42nd ranked and reigning AAC Golfer of the Week Albin Bergstrom and 101st-ranked Kyle Flexsenhar. It proved to be a tight match the entire way but the Wegener/Suber pair was able to hold off the Bulls’ charge (see what I did there) to win 2&1 and secure the overall 6.5 to 5.5 win for the team.
The final scores of alternate shot are below:
- Muttillo/Souchak def. Blackmon/Getz 4&2
- Gifford/Furuya def. Briggs/Vongchaisit 4&3
- Mbetse/Figus def. Gnam/Miller 3&1
- Wegener/Suber def. Flexsenhar/Bergstrom 2&1
The win in a one-day event against a lone opponent may not register much in the national rankings, but it’s a significant milestone for this young and mostly unproven Rebel team. Beating a top-25 program on their course with the help of a great number of freshmen does nothing but boost the team’s confidence heading into the meat of the spring season (which, by the way, picks up in the highest sense for the Reb’s next tournament).
This week’s tournament: SPRING BREAK BOOZE CRUISE! The Cabo Collegiate at Querencia
When: March 3-5
Where: San José del Cabo, B.C.S., Mexico
Ole Miss’ Golfweek rank: No. 47 as a team; No. 83 Beau Briggs is the highest individual
The course: Querencia, a Tom Fazio design, is considered one of the top golf courses in Mexico. Laid out over an over 800-acre piece of property in Cabo, you come to Querencia for the views, but stay for the inevitability of cookie cutter golf holes that only Sénor Fazio can provide!
Cecil Wegener (Soph., Jackson, MS): The only Reb to run the table in Tampa. Won his singles and alternate shot matches to propel the team to a win.
Jackson Suber (Freshman, Tampa, Fl): Still out here playing like a wily vet. Dropped a tight one to USF’s best player in singles but teamed with Wegener to bring the overall competition home for the Rebels.
Josh Seiple (Senior, Castle Rock, CO): Didn’t make the trip to Tampa, but looks to rebound in Cabo.
Beau Briggs (Senior, Covington, LA): Split his matches in Tampa. A nice effort by the senior leader this week in Cabo could do wonders for the team’s placement among the nation’s best.
Sarut Vongchaisit (Freshmen, Bangkok, Thailand): The Freshmen again had a good showing for the team, splitting his matches in Tampa.
Other potential participants: Charlie Miller, Jack Gnam, Chip Getz, Brody Blackmon
The field: This is the best field in golf this week, without question. No. 1 Oklahoma State, No. 5 Vanderbilt, No. 8 LSU, No. 12 Alabama, No. 15 Arizona State, No. 19 Texas A&M, No. 26 Arkansas, No. 35 Baylor, No. 47 Arizona, Rice, Houston, Florida State
Next tournament: The Lamkin San Diego Classic at Chula Vista, California. Go golf yourself San Diego!