Men’s Golf Travels to Birmingham for SEC Match Play Championship

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – After beginning the season this week with a third-place finish at the Blessings Collegiate Invitational, the Ole Miss men’s golf team has a quick turnaround and travels to Birmingham, Alabama to take part in the SEC Match Play Championship.  The three-day event consists of a match play format that includes all 14 SEC teams, starting on Sunday, Oct. 10 at the Shoal Creek Club.

Tournament Format
All teams are guaranteed to play in a total of four matches. Two matches take place on Sunday followed by one match on Monday (Oct. 11) and one match Tuesday (Oct. 12). A team match consists of five one-on-one matches. The team that is victorious in at least three individual matches win the overall team match. 

There are two brackets with seven teams in each bracket. The winners of the two brackets square off in the championship match on Tuesday, while the other teams compete in consolation matches.

Ole Miss opens up against Auburn before facing either Arkansas or Mississippi State, dependent on the results of the two first round matches. The winners battle one another to kept their title hopes alive, while the losers compete in the consolation bracket for the remainder of the tournament. 

Tournament Schedule
Sunday, Oct. 10 – Match Play vs. Auburn (Rebels tee times begin 8:40 a.m. on Hole 1)
Sunday, Oct. 10 – Match Play vs. Arkansas/MSU (Tee times begin at 1:00 p.m.)
Monday, Oct. 11 – Match Play vs. TBD
Tuesday, Oct. 12 – Match Play vs. TBD

Lineup

Jackson Suber (Sr.)

  • Finished tied for sixth at season-opening Blessings Collegiate Invitational (73-65-72–210), the 12th top 10 of his career
  • Ranked No. 11 in PGA TOUR University Rankings
  • Named 2020-21 PING All-American Honorable Mention, becoming the 11th All-American in school history
  • 2021 First Team All-SEC and led the Rebels with a 71.70 stroke average
  • Making 31st career start, appearing in every tournament since arriving on campus

Brett Schell (So.)

  • Earned first collegiate top-20 finish at Blessings Collegiate Invitational (T-12th)
  • Nearly set a new career low round and 54-hole total at Blessings, finishing short of both by only one stroke (71-70-73–214)
  • Was the only Rebel to finish below par in two rounds of the Blessings Collegiate, shooting a 71 and 70 in rounds one and two, respectively.
  • Recorded a 74.19 stroke average last year, his first season competing for Ole Miss
  • Making his 11th career start with the Rebels

Sarut Vongchaisit (Sr.)

  • Opened fall season recording a 222 (+6) three-day score to finish tied for 27th individually at the Blessings Collegiate Invitational
  • Recorded seven birdies in the season-opening tournament 
  • Finished the 2020-21 season with a 74.22 stroke average
  • Making his 25th career start with the team
  • Appeared in all nine of the Rebels’ tournaments last season

Evan Brown (Gr.)

  • Finished his first career tournament with the Rebels tied for 27th at the Blessings Collegiate Invitational, logging scores of 70-76-76 to finish 6-over par on the week
  • 2020-21 PING All-American Honorable Mention
  • Played in 28 tournaments and posted a school-record 71.85 stroke average over his career at Loyola (Md.)
  • Finished 2020-21 season at Loyola with a team-best 70.90 stroke average, another school record
  • Collected a pair of individual tournament wins in his time with the Greyhounds

Kye Meeks (R-Fr.)

  • Competed in his first collegiate tournament with the Rebels at the Blessings Collegiate, finishing tied for 32nd with a score of 223 (+7)
  • Recorded his first collegiate eagle on Hole 15 of the Blessings Golf Club, the first for the team on the fall season
  • Won the prestigious Cotton States Invitational over the summer
  • Ranked as the No. 1 recruit coming out of the state of Mississippi
  • Two-time individual state champion in high school

The Field
Alabama
Arkansas
Auburn
Florida
Georgia
LSU
Kentucky
Missouri
Mississippi State
Ole Miss
South Carolina
Tennessee
Texas A&M
Vanderbilt

The Course
Playing 7,370 yards as a par 72, the Shoal Creek Club was originally designed by Hall Thompson and Jack Nicklaus. The course has hosted two PGA Championships (1984, 1990), the 1986 U.S. Amateur and the 2008 U.S. Junior Amateur. This week will be the sixth time over the past nine seasons that the Birmingham, Alabama, club has been featured on the schedule.

Thoughts From Coach Malloy
“We have had a quick turnaround from our last event, which I think is a good thing as we are coming off of a good performance in Arkansas. We didn’t finish that tournament off as we had hoped, so I know guys have a bad taste in their mouths and want to get right back into action. This is a unique event in the fact that we don’t usually play match play golf, so from that perspective we need to have a good game plan on how to approach each match. It should be a fun week!”

Last Time at Shoal Creek
A total of three current Rebel golfers saw action the last time Ole Miss traveled to the Shoal Creek Club in 2018 for the Shoal Creek Invitational, with those golfers being Jackson Suber, Jack Gnam, and Cecil Wegener. As a freshman, Suber went on to finish in the top 10 individually for the second time of his career. The team as a whole placed fourth in the field, posting a three-day score of 870 (+6). 

Suber Remains No. 11 in PGA TOUR University Rankings
For the fourth consecutive week, senior Jackson Suber found himself ranked at No. 11 in the nation in the weekly PGA TOUR University Velocity Global Rankings, which were updated on Oct. 6. Suber, who had just finished playing in his first tournament of the fall season at the Blessings Collegiate Invitational, finished in a tie for sixth with a 6-under score of 210 (73-65-72) over his three days in Fayetteville.

Hot Start for Schell
Sophomore Brett Schell started his fall season in Fayetteville putting up steady numbers in all three rounds, finishing with a 54-hole score of 214 (-2), just one stroke away from tying his career low three-day score with the Rebels (213). Schell went on to finish tied for 12th at the Blessings Collegiate, which eclipsed his previous best finish with the team from last season when he finished tied for 21st at the NCAA Stillwater Regional. The strong showing in Arkansas marked Schell’s first career top-20 finish.

Early Eagles in Fayetteville
The Rebels saw both Jackson Suber and Kye Meeks sink eagles while kicking off their fall season at the Blessings Collegiate Invitational last week. Meeks’ came in his second round of play, and Suber’s had one on day three during his individual title chase. Ole Miss was one of just three teams that made two eagles over the course of the tournament. The last time the Rebels had a pair of eagles at the same tournament came last year at the SEC Championship, where Jackson Suber sank two eagles during stroke play.

Next on the Tee
Following play in Birmingham, the Rebels will wrap up their fall season by heading internationally, taking part in the White Sands Bahamas Invitational (Oct. 29-31). The tournament will take place at the Ocean Club Golf Course in Nassau, Bahamas.

Follow the Rebels
For updates throughout the tournament, follow the Rebels on Twitter at @OleMissMGolf. Additional updates and information on the team can be found on Instagram at OleMissMGolf, on Facebook at Ole Miss Men’s Golf and on OleMissSports.com.
 

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