Monday, March 17, 2008

Reb Golfers Win Tourney

It should be interesting to watch this team this Spring. Some say this team has a chance to make a hard run at the SEC Championship if they can pull it together, as they have the talent. Take note of the double eagle by Kyle Ellis below. That is very impressive.

GREENSBORO, Ga. – The 26th-ranked Ole Miss men’s golf team, led by senior David Marino, held off No. 2 Georgia to capture the Linger-Longer Invitational at Reynolds Plantation Sunday. This marks the team’s fourth win of the year and first of the spring, after three straight victories to end the fall.

The Rebels raced out to a seven-shot lead on Friday with a season-low 277 and then maintained their lead Saturday with a 292. Sunday’s final round 287 left them with an 856 total, their lowest of the year and five better than No. 2 Georgia (861). Tennessee-Chattanooga finished third at 868, Georgia State took fourth with an 880, and Memphis rounded out the top five with an 881.

“This is the biggest win for our program in the last four years,” head coach Ernest Ross said. “All week we preached persistence, and it paid off. We played the back nine better than any other team again today. I am really excited for our players, to beat No. 2 Georgia and No. 14 Clemson, among others.”

Marino had his best 54-hole tournament finish as a Rebel, taking third with a 67-77—69—213. His first-round 67 was a career-low. In the final round, Marino eagled the par-4 13th hole.

Senatobia native Kyle Ellis carded a 72-71-72—215 to finish tied for sixth. His final round included three birdies and a double-eagle on the par-5 14th. He now has four top-10 finishes on the year and 14 for his career.