Ole Miss men’s golf set to compete at NCAA Championships

Evan Brown (Photo: OMA)

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – (wire reports) The 23rd-ranked Ole Miss men’s golf team is set to close out the 2021-22 campaign with its first appearance in five seasons at the 2022 NCAA Championships, which will be played May 27-June 1 in Scottsdale , Arizona. A total of 156 golfers will compete at Grayhawk Golf Club, with 30 total teams in attendance as well as six individual golfers from schools that did not qualify for the team championship round of the weekend.

Players will first compete in three rounds of 18-hole stroke play competition from Friday through Sunday. After the third round, the field will be cut to the top 15 teams and the top nine individuals not part of a progressing team for Monday.

The fourth round of match play will take place on Monday, in which the individual national champion will be crowned and the top eight remaining teams will be seeded for match play.

The quarter-finals and semi-finals of match play are then scheduled to take place on Tuesday, with the final two teams facing off on Wednesday to win the national tag team championship.

GOLF Channel will provide live coverage of the fourth and final round of Monday’s Individual National Championship in stroke play, as well as coverage of each subsequent round of match play through to Wednesday’s National Championship game.

TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE
Friday, May 27 – 18 holes (Rebels tee off at 8:10 a.m. CT)
Saturday, May 28 – 18 holes (Rebels tee off at 1:30 p.m. CT)
Sunday May 29 – 18 holes
Monday, May 30 – 18 holes (top 15 teams cut for final round of move play)
Tuesday May 31 – Quarter-finals and semi-finals (match play)
Wednesday, June 1 – Championship (Match Play)

RANGE
Jackson Suber (Sr.)
– Currently averaging 69.33 shots per team over the year
— All-SEC first-team selection for second consecutive season
— Entered the spring season ranked as the No. 1 golfer in the nation by Golfstat
– Made his PGA TOUR debut at the 2022 Valspar Championship, where he finished with a score of 144 (+2) over two days
— 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)
– Won fourth career tournament at Irish Creek Intercollegiate, finishing with a season-high 202 (-11) over the weekend
– Became the first Rebel to win an individual regional championship, winning the NCAA Norman Regional at 11 under the weekend
– Also ranked #32 and #38 in the Golfweek NCAA Player Rankings and Golfstat Rankings
– Named Honorable Mention PING All-American 2020-21, becoming the 11th All-American in school history

Evan Brown (gr.)
– Hold an average of 71.63 strokes prior to regional play
— Honorable Mention PING All-American 2020-21
– Best results of the season with an 11th place at the White Sands Bahamas and Hootie and Bulls Bay tournaments
— Finished in the top 20 for the second time with the Rebels at the Louisiana Classics, finishing 12th
– Ended his 2021-22 regular season with a 20th-place finish at the Mossy Oak Collegiate Invitational, marking his fourth top 20 of the year
– Earned a tie for 14th at the NCAA Norman Regional while shooting one under the week, tying his season-low 67 (-5) run on day two
– Recorded season-low round of 67 (-5) in the first round of the Louisiana Classics, which he then tied at the Hootie in Bulls Bay
– Played in 28 tournaments and posted a record 71.85 stroke average during his Loyola (Md.) career

Jack Gnam (Sr.)
– 72.11 average shots over the 2021-22 season
– Earned his first top 20 of the year at the NCAA Norman Regional, finishing tied for 20th with a three-day weekday score of 216 (E)
– Shot consecutive rounds of 71 (-1) to open play at the Puerto Rico Classic
– 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)
– Finished tied for 24th at the Louisiana Classics, with a total of 215 (-1) in three sets

Kye meeks (R-Fr.)
– Posts an average of 72.37 shots over the 2021-22 season
– Selected to the 2022 SEC All-Freshman Team, the first Rebel selected since 2019
– Named SEC Male Freshman Golfer of the Week (Week of March 3, 2022)
— 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
– Achieved new career lows on 18 holes (68) and 54 holes (210) at Cabo Collegiate
– Finished his regular season with a career-best 12th place finish at the Mossy Oak Collegiate Invitational

Sarut Vongchaisit (Sr.)
– 71.56 average shots over the 2021-22 season
– Earned a new career-low 54-hole score of 206 (-7) at Cabo Collegiate
– Earned his first top 20 in 2021-22 in Cabo, finishing tied for 12th
– Followed up with his second consecutive top 20 at the Louisiana Classics, finishing tied for 13th
– Finished the Hootie at Bulls Bay tied for 18th, earning his third straight top 20 finish
– Finished in the top 20 for his fourth consecutive tournament after finishing 15th at the Irish Creek Intercollegiate
– A perfect 4-0 record individually in the SEC Match Play Championship
– Totaled a season-low 67 (-5) round on his final day at the Louisiana Classics

THE FIELD (SEEDING)
1. #1 Oklahoma
2. Oklahoma State No. 2
3. #3 Vanderbilt
4. #4 Arizona State
5. #5 North Carolina
6. #6 Pepperdine
7. #7 Texas
8. #8 Texas Tech
9. #10 Florida
10. #11 Georgia Tech
11. #12 Texas A&M
12. #13 Stanford
13. #14 Arkansas
14. #15 Georgia
15. #16 Wake Forest
16. #17 Auburn
17. #18 Florida State
18. #23 Ole Miss
19. Kansas #25
20. #26 Arizona
21. #27 Oregon
22. #30 East Tennessee State
23. #31 USF
24. #32 Ohio State
25. #33 North Florida
26. #38 Freedom
27. #41 BYU
28. #44 South Georgia
29. #47 Utah
30. #49 Charleston College

THE LESSON
Playing 7,289 yards as par 70, the raptor course at Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, Arizona offers thrilling challenges that command respect from players through high-stakes play of risk and reward. The Tom Fazio-designed course runs over the gently rolling hills and through the shaded natural arroyos found in this scenic corner of the Sonoran Desert. Most of Raptor’s fairways are generous and the greens are wide with large undulations. Misses tend to find deep greenside bunkers and grass collecting areas, making running up and down a real test of the short game. The Grayhawk Raptor course is one of only two Scottsdale golf courses to have hosted a PGA TOUR event, with the course hosting the Frys.com Open from 2007 to 2009. Among other tour-sanctioned tournaments played at Raptor , include the first Williams World Challenge, the Andersen Consulting World Golf Championship and the Phoenix Open waste management pro ams.

THOUGHTS FROM COACH MALLOY
“We are delighted to be here. The final or the national championship, whenever you can be here and it’s your last week of the season, that’s your goal. We just have to give ourselves a chance over four rounds. and put us in a good position to enter match play.”

REBELS IN POLLS
Ole Miss enters the 2022 NCAA Championships ranked as the No. 23 team in the nation according to Golfstat. The Rebels also hold a No. 24 ranking in the latest Golfweek/Sagarin Collegiate Team Rankings. Senior Jackson Suber is the only Rebel to enter the weekend with an individual ranking in the NCAA’s Golfstat and Golfweek/Sagarin Individual Rankings, with Suber ranked No. 18 and No. 20 in each, respectively. Suber also moved up to 8th place in the nation in the latest edition of the PGA TOUR University Velocity Global Rankings, while his teammate Evan Brown also climbed to No. 50 in the same chart.

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