Ole Miss men’s golf ready for SEC Championship

Posted on Apr 24 2019 - 5:00am by Madeline Click

After the Ole Miss women’s golf team took home first place in the SEC Tournament last weekend, the men’s golf team is hoping to do the same. The Rebels are looking to make a run in the SEC Men’s Golf Championship this week at St. Simons Island.

The tournament will be on the Seaside Course at Sea Island Golf Club in St. Simons Island, Georgia. The tournament has been played on a Sea Island Golf Club course since 2001. The Seaside course will play a par-70 at 7,005 yards.

Josh Seiple swings the club at golf practice last year. The Ole Miss men’s golf team is hoping to upset at the tournament this weekend in St. Simmons Island, Georgia. Photo courtesy: Petre Thomas/Ole Miss Athletics

The tournament will start with three rounds of stroke play on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday followed by match play. Should the Rebels advance, they’ll play in the quarterfinals and semifinals on Saturday. The championship will be broadcast on SEC Network on Sunday with a 7:30 a.m. opening tee time.

The Rebels are hoping to improve on their seventh-place finish at last year’s SEC Championship. Auburn is the reigning SEC Champion, but the title has switched hands in each of the last three seasons since Alabama took home three straight wins in 2012, 2013 and 2014.

Ole Miss is coming off a second-place finish at the Old Waverly Collegiate Championship in West Point, Mississippi, last week. Jackson Suber finished second overall, with a score of 10-under-par. His final round was 7-under-par, a career-low for the freshman.

Suber was named SEC Freshman of the Week following his performance at Old Waverly. Senior Beau Briggs finished tied for fifth in the tournament at 7-under-par and Brody Blackmon finished tied for 17th at 2-under-par as an individual.

Briggs is currently ranked No. 14 in the conference, with an average score of 71.5 a round, the lowest score for the Rebels. Briggs shot his career low 66, 6-under-par at the Warrior Princeville Makai Invitational back in October.

Ole Miss defeated two SEC teams in the Old Waverly Collegiate Championship, Mississippi State and Vanderbilt, who is currently ranked No. 4 in the country and is a favorite to win the SEC Championship. The Commodores have three of the top ten golfers in the conference as well.

Cecil Wegener opened up the spring season with a first-place finish at the All-American Intercollegiate Tournament in February, where he shot a 6-under-par for the weekend. Wegener also finished as the runner-up in last year’s SEC Championship as a freshman and is looking to continue his momentum this year.

The SEC Tournament begins on Wednesday at 7:30 a.m. in St. Simons Island, Georgia.