Men’s golf #10 Ole Miss set to open spring season in Puerto Rico

Jackson Suber (Photo: OMA)

RIO GRANDE, Puerto Rico — (Wire Reports) The No. 10 Ole Miss men’s golf team will officially open its spring season on Sunday, with the team competing in the first round of the Puerto Rico Classic in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico. The three-day, 54-hole tournament will take place at the Grand Reserve Country Club from February 13-15, with 13 teams in total. The top individual medalist of the Puerto Rico Classic will receive an invitation to participate in the PGA Tour event of the same name, from March 3-6.

Tournament Schedule
Sunday, Feb. 13 – 18 holes (Rebels tee at 6:30 a.m. CT)
Monday February 14 – 18 holes
Tuesday February 15 – 18 holes

Programming
Jackson Suber (Sr.) – Tee Shot 6:30 CT at Hole 4
— Posted a team-high 69.17 shot average during the fall season
— Ranked #1 golfer in the nation by Golfstat at the start of the spring season
— Named to the 2022 Ben Hogan Prize Watch List
– Captured the third career individual tournament victory at the White Sands Bahamas with a 205 (-11)
– Also ranked #4 and #7 nationally on the Golfweek/Sagarin Rankings and PGA TOUR University Velocity World Rankings
– Named Honorable Mention PING All-American 2020-21, becoming the 11th All-American in school history

Kye Meeks (R-Fr.) – Tee Shot 6:30 CT Hole 5
– Average stroke recorded of 73.67 during the fall
— Made his collegiate debut for the Rebels at Blessings Collegiate, where he also recorded his first collegiate birdie on hole 15
– Finished the SEC Match Play Championship with an individual 3-1 record, including a win over the then No. 1. 11 ranked Tyler Johnson of Tennessee
– Ranked #1 freshman out of Mississippi State in 2020
– Two-time individual high school state champion

Brett Schell (So.) – Tee Shot 6:30 CT Hole 5
– Had the second-highest hitting average of the fall season for the Rebels (71.00)
— Enters the spring season ranked 42nd in the NCAA by Golfstat
– Won first collegiate top 20 at Blessings Collegiate Invitational (T-12th)
– Ended the fall season with his first ever top 10 at White Sands Bahamas (T-7th)
– Also recorded a new career-low 54-hole score of 212 (-4) in the Bahamas

Jack Gnam (Sr.) – Tee Shot 6:30 CT Hole 6
— Finished the fall season with an average of 72.33 shots
– Competed in the 2021 Willow Cup Amateur, where he finished 2nd overall after scoring 136 (-8) over two days
– Shot a low team round of 67 (-5) in the White Sands Bahamas final round
– Had his best result of the 2020-21 campaign at Vanderbilt Legends Collegiate, where he finished tied for 11th with a career-low 54-hole total (65-70-70-205)
— Appearing in his 26th tournament as a rebel

Sarut Vongchaisit (Sr.) – Tee Shot 6:30 CT at Hole 7
– Posted shot average of 74.00 during the team’s fall season
– Finished with a perfect 4-0 record individually in the SEC Match Play Championship
— Opened the fall season by posting a 222 (+6) score over three days to finish tied for 27th individually at the Blessings Collegiate Invitational
– Recorded seven birdies in the team’s season opener at Arkansas
– Tied for 21st at the Asia-Pacific Amateur in Dubai, finishing four under the week

INDIVIDUAL

Ludvig Eriksson (R-Fr.) – Tee shot at 6:30 CT at hole 18
— Making his collegiate debut for the Rebels
— Ranked top 10 in his age group in Sweden for three years, including a #1 ranking in 2017
— Represented his country, Sweden, in the U18 national team for three years
— Named 2020 Male Athlete of the Year at Celsius National School of Golf (Celsiusskolan)
— Won the 2019 Cobra-Puma Junior Masters Invitational

Field
Charleston
Eastern Tennessee State
No. 12 Georgia
Iowa
Marquette
Maryland
state of michigan
No. 1 Oklahoma
No. 10 Ole Miss
No. 21 Purdue
Caroline from the south
No. 8 Tennessee
Wisconsin

The lesson
Designed by PGA Tour professional Tom Kite, the Grand Reserve Golf Club is a unique 18-hole course that offers a dynamic golf experience like no other. Playing 7,152 yards as par 72, the course features seaside paspalum grass, white silica sand bunkers and challenging water hazards for truly world-class play. Located on the shore of the Rio Grande, Puerto Rico, the Grand Reserve Golf Club hosts the PGA Tour’s annual Puerto Rico Open.

Thoughts from Coach Malloy
“We are thrilled to start our spring season. It’s always a special opportunity when it’s your first event of the spring, but to do it on a course like this competing against a field of this caliber makes it even better. more special. The course will be a challenge, as it has shown in the organization of their PGA Tour event. We will see where we are as a team from the start. I really can’t wait to see our guys compete this week.”

Suber ranked #1 in the nation by Golfstat
For only the second time in the program’s history, a member of the Ole Miss golf team has topped the national polls as the No. 1 golfer in the nation. Jackson Suber, coming off a fall season where he averaged 69.17 while earning his third collegiate tournament victory at White Sands Bahamas, was ranked No. 1 in the NCAA by Golfstat on Wednesday. Suber is now just the second rebel to accomplish such a feat, with 2017 NCAA National Champion Braden Thornberry being the only other Ole Miss golfer to do so.

Ole Miss stays in Golfstat’s Top 10
The Rebels will open their spring schedule in the top 10 of Golfstat’s NCAA team rankings, finishing 10th after a strong fall season that included a win at the White Sands Bahamas Invitational, the team’s first victory since 2018. Ole Miss is one of three SEC teams to finish in the top 10, while also being one of eight to place in the top 25.

Rebels in the ranking
outraged Jackson Suber sitting atop the Golfstat Individual Player Rankings, Year Two Brett Schell also found himself in the top 50 of the rankings heading into the spring season. After a fall season where Schell averaged 71.00 while earning a pair of top-20 finishes individually, Schell is now ranked No. 42 in the NCAA by Golfstat. It’s the first time in Schell’s career that he’s made it into the top 50.

Suber Climbs PGA TOUR College Ranking
Jackson Suber officially moved up to 7th in the latest PGA TOUR World College Velocity Rankings, after impressive performances for both the Rebels and as an amateur. At the end of the season, the top five on the Velocity World Rankings will earn a membership to the Korn Ferry Tour. Players finishing sixth through 15th will earn a PGA TOUR International Tour Membership.

Rebels thrive in amateur tournaments
Four rebels found success on the amateur tournament scene during the team’s winter hiatus, with Jack Gnam, Brett Schell, Jackson Suber and Sarut Vongchaisit all turning in strong performances at their respective events. Gnam secured a second-place finish at the 2021 Willow Cup Amateur after scoring 136 (-8) over two days, while Schell earned a share of fourth place at the 2022 New Year’s Invitational with a four-round score of 282. (-6). Suber, who again competed in the prestigious 2022 Jones Cup, finished in the top 20 in Georgia. Vongchaisit completed amateur tournament success for the Rebels by finishing tied for 21st at the Asia-Pacific Amateur in Dubai, finishing four under on the week.

Next on Tee
The Rebels will remain international for the team’s upcoming Spring Tournament, as Ole Miss packs her bags to travel to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico for Cabo Collegiate from Feb. 27-March 1. After the team’s trip to Cabo, they will return to the United States. for the Louisiana Classic in Lafayette, Louisiana on March 14-15.

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