STILLWATER, Okla. (WTVA/Ole Miss Athletics) – Braden Thornberry wrapped up the 2017-18 Ole Miss men’s golf season at the 2018 NCAA Championships Sunday afternoon. The defending national champion fired a 77 (+5) in the third round to finish the tournament at 12-over (78-73-77—228) after 54 holes at Karsten Creek Golf Club.
While Thornberry did not play as well as he planned, missing the cut to eliminate a possibility of defending his title, he still ended the season where he wanted to and took the most out of the opportunity.
“Making it to the national championships, a goal, to do that is pretty cool,” said Thornberry. “I didn’t play how I wanted to, but it’s a learning experience. There’s no negatives from a week like this. You learn what you need to work on, figure that out & go into the summer on a positive note.”
Thornberry recorded six pars to start his day before trouble on 16 and 17 put him at 3-over through eight holes. He went 1-under over his next four holes, which included a birdie at the par-5 first. The rest of the round, Thornberry burned the edges of holes for birdies, nearly making back-to-back putts that exceeded 50 feet on holes three and four, but they just didn’t fall for the No. 1 amateur in the world.
Thornberry concluded another historic season for Ole Miss Golf. He collected four more victories to become the first golfer in school history to reach double figures in individual wins (11). The Olive Branch, Mississippi, native became the first Rebel to be named a Ben Hogan Award finalist, an award given to the nation’s best collegiate golfer. Thornberry also earned first team All-SEC and PING Southeast All-Region accolades. Currently, he is a semifinalist for the Jack Nicklaus Award and is also on the watch list for the Fred Haskins Award. Thornberry was the winner of the 2017 Haskins Award.
T107. 78-73-77—228 (+12)
“Golf is tough sometimes and doesn’t always go according to script, but these are the kind of weeks that make you better,” said head coach Chris Malloy. “Braden’s had a great season, had a little bit of a rough week, but that’s okay. This is where we wanted our season to end, and he did that. I’m proud of our guys this season. They bought in, and we had a lot more good than bad. These guys gave everything that they had, and they’ll be eager to get back here next year.”