The last time we saw our heroes, they were knee deep in the postseason with a trip to Sea Island for the SEC Championships. The stroke play portion of the event would run for three days with the top eight teams advancing to match play.
The Rebs were up to the task on Day one as the entire roster had quality outings, which led to a team score of -5 and a 3rd-place spot after the 1st round. The team was led by freshmen, and recent newcomer to the five-man rotation, Jack Gnam. He fired an opening salvo of -3 (67) to push into the top-five on the individual scoreboard. Senior Beau Briggs backed up his freshmen teammate with a -2 (68) of his own. Team scoring was rounded out by freshmen Jackson Suber and the Precious one himself, Cecil Wegener, with a pair of even par rounds of 70.
Day two was the Jackson Suber show. The freshmen from Tampa dropped a career low -5 (65) on the field to spring into the top-five individually and keep the team afloat for a match-play birth. Jack Gnam provided support with another solid round in the second frame with an even par (70). The back half of the team struggled a little more on day two but Seniors Beau Briggs and Josh Seiple were both able to bring in +4 (74) scores to put the team in 9th heading into the final day.
On Day three, its safe to say that the golf course finally showed the hell up. Strong winds plagued all rounds by all teams and it became a true “survive and advance” scenario to get into the top eight. The team was led, as it had been for most of the week, by freshmen Jack Gnam. He carded a final round +4 (74) and a Top-20 individual ranking.
Cecil Wegener battled into the clubhouse with a +3 (73) and the two Seniors Briggs and Seiple finished out the team, scoring with 78 and 79 respectively. Every team, save Auburn, was over par on the final day. When the dust settled, the Rebs found themselves in 10th place, six shots out of the match-play portion.
Auburn would go on to win the stroke play segment of the tournament with a run-away score of -24, 16 strokes better than their nearest competitor. In the match play however, much like the Ole Miss Women’s golf team did the week prior during their SEC Championship, the Arkansas Men’s team came from the back of the pack to run the match-play table and claim the SEC Tournament Championship.
While a bit of a disappointing finish for our boys, all is not lost as day after they were rewarded for their solid season with their 3rd-straight NCAA tournament birth…and also these sweet post season golf bags.
Postseason golf bags are in! Zoom to check out the nicknames and let us know your favorite. pic.twitter.com/QCOg0PUeCY— Ole Miss Men’s Golf (@OleMissMGolf) May 8, 2019
This Week’s Tournament: NCAA Regional, Stanford, California
When: May 13-15
Where: Stanford, Calif.
Golfweek Rankings: Team: No. 51
The Course/Regional: TREES!!!! Stanford Golf Club. For the third-straight year, your Swingin’ Landsharks are headed to the NCAA Tournament. This year they check in as a 9th seed in the Stanford Regional. A top-five finish at Regionals and the Rebs head to the NCAA Championship at The Blessings in Fayetteville, Ark.
The Ole Miss Team:
Cecil Wegener (Soph., Jackson, Miss.): Up and down week for Lil’ Precious at the SEC Championship. Opening round even par 70 was the highlight of the week.
Jackson Suber (Freshman, Tampa, Fla.): Two great days for the freshmen at Sea Island. Shot a career-low 65 on day two. The 3rd round should be wiped from the record books never to be spoken of again.
Josh Seiple (Senior, Castle Rock, Colo.): Consistent first two days at the SEC’s. Will need to be a steady scoring force for the team at Regionals.
Beau Briggs (Senior, Covington, La.): Strong -2 out of the gate at Sea Island, but faded down the stretch. Will need to be the senior leader in Stanford.
Jack Gnam (Freshmen, Ridgeland, Miss.): Just a great week for the freshmen. A top-20 finish that included a first round -3.
Other potential participants: Sarut Vongchaisit
The Field: No. 2 Arizona St., No. 12 Stanford, No. 14 LSU, No. 24, NC State, No. 26 North Carolina, No. 36 South Florida, No. 38 Kansas, No. 47 Virginia, Georgia Southern, UNC Greensboro, Augusta, Denver
Top individuals who are playing for second: No. 8 Chun-An Yu – ASU, No. 11 Brandon Wu – Stanford, No. 17 Steven Fisk – G. Southern, No. 28 Stephen Franken – NC State, No. 32 Albin Bergstrom – USF, No. 36 Isaiah Salinda – Stanford, Alex Del Rey – ASU, Mason Anderson – ASU, Austin Hitt – UNC
Next Tournament: NCAA Championship