The Ole Miss men’s golf team is off to a hot start with a third place finish at the Badger Invitational last week and a second place finish in the Windon Memorial Classic on Monday and Tuesday.
The Rebel team at Conway Farms Golf Club in Lake Forest, Illinois, was made of up Jackson Suber, Sarut Vongchaisit, Veeti Mahonen, Jack Gnam and Chip Getz.
Suber was in the top position this week after finishing in the top four in the Badger Invitational, shooting a career low 7-under par.
Ole Miss was going strong heading into the final round on Tuesday. The Rebels were in second place overall — four strokes behind Notre Dame and two strokes ahead of South Florida in third.
Vongchaisit and Suber were both in the top ten individually. Vongchaisit was tied for second individually after two rounds, going 5-under par with 11 birdies, including four of the last five holes in round one. Suber also had 11 birdies after two rounds shooting 1-under par, tied for seventh place. The Rebels led the field in birdies with 41 going into Tuesday.
To start Tuesday, Gnam birdied on the third hole to bring Ole Miss within three strokes of the lead, but the Rebels could not close the gap any more. Ole Miss finished second in the tournament with a team score of 5-under par, five strokes behind the winner, Notre Dame, and six ahead of South Florida in third place.
Suber shot a 2-under in the final round, finishing the tournament at 3-under par in the final round and tied for fifth individually, the highest Rebel ranked. He logged only one bogey in his final 18 holes. He also ended tied for first in birdies throughout the tournament with 14.
Vongchaisit had a tough go on Tuesday, shooting 4-over for the day, but he still finished in the top 10 individually with a score of 1-under par. He ended the final round on a positive note with a birdie, giving him 13 in the tournament.
Mahonen shot an even score for the tournament, ending the competition tied for 24th in the freshman’s first appearance in the starting five.
Gnam earned his highest ranking yet with his first top-10 individual finish as a Rebel, ending tied for 9th and finishing just one stroke shy of his career best 54-hole total, with 212 this week.
Getz rounded out the team with a score of 7-over par, finishing 42nd individually.
Collectively, Ole Miss concluded with three players in the top 10, the most of any school. The team notched the highest number of birdies on the course with 55. The Rebels also scored the best of any team on par-5 holes, averaging 4.67 strokes with a total score of 15-under on the par-5 holes.
Next up, the Rebels are playing in the Jerry Pate National Intercollegiate at the Old Overton Golf Club in Vestavia Hills, Alabama, Oct. 7-8.