STREAMING NOW: Watch Now

Thornberry Qualifies for National Championship

Thornberry will march on to the national championships at Karsten Creek Golf Club in Stillwater, Oklahoma.

Posted: May 16, 2018 10:09 PM

BRYAN, Texas (WTVA/Ole Miss Athletics) - On the final day of the NCAA Bryan Regional at Traditions Club, Ole Miss men's golfer Braden Thornberry fired a final round 70 (-2) to secure his bid to the 2018 NCAA National Championships. Thornberry, the defending national champion, posted a three-day total of 207 (-9) to earn a spot as the top individual not on a qualifying team.


The Rebels just missed out advancing as a team, finishing in sixth to match their seed entering the NCAA Regional. With the top five teams moving on, Ole Miss entered the day in fifth before posting a final round 298 (+10) to end the tournament at 13-over (294-285-298--877). The seeding held its ground as the top five teams claimed all of the qualifying spots. Texas A&M shot a 279 (-9) for the third straight day to run away with the regional title, beating runner-up Clemson (283-276-287--846) by nine shots. Baylor (282-288-287--857) and UCLA finished third and fourth, respectively, while Kentucky used a 3-under 285 in the final round to take the last spot (298-291-285--874) by three strokes.

Thornberry recorded a team-high six birdies throughout his final round and shot a pair of 1-under 35s on both sides. The No. 1 amateur in the world got off to a slow start with two bogeys over his first five holes. However, he bounced back with three straight birdies before making the turn. Thornberry birdied the par-3 second before finding the trees on No. 4, leading to a bogey. Once again, he responded with back-to-back birdies to improve to 10-under for the tournament and one shot off the lead. A bogey on the difficult par-4 ninth concluded his round, but it was enough to send the Ben Hogan Award finalist on to the national championship to defend his crown.

Thornberry's 9-under total was two shots back of medalist Chandler Phillips of Texas A&M. The Olive Branch, Mississippi, native led the tournament in par 3 scoring (-3), while finishing second in par 5 scoring (-7) among the 75-man field.

Cecil Wegener turned in an under-par round for the Rebels, posting a 71 (-1). It was the SEC All-Freshman's best round of the tournament by four strokes. Wegener began his day with a birdie on the par-5 10th before adding another on No. 16. With seven pars to go along with the birdies, he made the turn at 2-under. Wegener sandwiched another par-5 birdie (No. 5) in between bogeys on the two par 3s on the front side (No. 2 and No. 7) to remain under par for the round.

In his final round as a Rebel, senior Kerry Sweeney shot 78 (+6) to contribute to the team score. The Melbourne, Florida, native birdied No. 1 and made par on each of the last five holes to complete his round. Just behind Sweeney was junior Beau Briggs with a 79 (+7). After going 2-over through his first nine holes, Briggs experienced a roller coaster back nine that featured only one par. However, he recorded three-birdies through a four-hole stretch (Nos. 4-7).

While the team's season comes to a close, Thornberry will march on to the national championships at Karsten Creek Golf Club in Stillwater Oklahoma. As an individual qualifier, he will compete in the four rounds of stroke play, which will take place May 25-28.

Malloy's Minute
"I'm gutted for our guys to not achieve our ultimate goal of advancing to the final round of the national championship," said head coach Chris Malloy. "However, this is a life lesson that things don't always go according to the script. We have been fortunate to be on the good side of this outcome much more than the short end like we were today. Championship programs are built from lessons learned on days like today, and there is no doubt that we will be better for this. It may not feel good right now, but there is no doubt in my mind that we got better as a program with the lessons we learned today. I am extremely proud of the effort that this group put in all year long. As for Braden, he is extremely excited to defend his crown as NCAA Champion next week."

Rebel Results
*4. Braden Thornberry 69-68-70--207 (-9)
T35. Cecil Wegener 76-75-71--222 (+6)
T40. Beau Briggs 75-69-79--223 (+7)
T57. Josh Seiple 74-73-80--227 (+11)
T67. Kerry Sweeney 79-75-78--232 (+16)

*Qualifies for NCAA National Championships

Team Results (Golfstat Ranking)
*1. #2 Texas A&M 279-279-279--837 (-27)
*2. #14 Clemson 283-276-287--846 (-18)
*3. #11 Baylor 282-288-287--857 (-7)
*4. #26 UCLA 288-288-290--866 (+2)
*5. #23 Kentucky 298-291-285--874 (+10)
6. #34 Ole Miss 294-285-298--877 (+13)
7. #38 South Carolina 293-294-295--882 (+18)
8. Mississippi State 300-299-286--885 (+21)
9. UNCW 306-290-290--886 (+22)
10. Northern Colorado 306-287-301--894 (+30)
11. #50 Georgia 303-302-292--897 (+33)
12. Bradley 297-303-301--901 (+37)
13. #47 San Francisco 304-300-300--904 (+40)

*Qualifies for NCAA National Championships

Mississippi Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 113081

Reported Deaths: 3231
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Hinds7823176
DeSoto676778
Harrison490283
Jackson439383
Rankin385986
Madison375793
Lee349079
Forrest298078
Jones285384
Washington253799
Lafayette244042
Lauderdale2398134
Lamar219038
Bolivar199477
Oktibbeha197654
Neshoba1820111
Lowndes175562
Panola167638
Leflore163287
Sunflower158849
Warren153255
Monroe146572
Pontotoc145219
Pike137256
Lincoln136856
Marshall136226
Copiah135736
Coahoma124036
Scott123829
Grenada120638
Yazoo119933
Simpson119549
Union116025
Leake113940
Holmes113760
Tate113639
Itawamba111325
Pearl River110559
Adams105243
Prentiss102919
Wayne99421
Alcorn96712
George95718
Covington94525
Marion93342
Tippah86521
Newton84927
Chickasaw83225
Winston82621
Tallahatchie82525
Tishomingo79741
Hancock78727
Attala78126
Clarke72750
Clay68421
Jasper67417
Walthall63327
Calhoun61812
Noxubee59617
Smith58516
Claiborne53416
Montgomery53123
Tunica52317
Yalobusha51314
Lawrence50414
Perry48423
Carroll46812
Greene45918
Stone45514
Amite42013
Humphreys41916
Quitman4176
Jefferson Davis40011
Webster36613
Wilkinson33120
Kemper32115
Benton3194
Sharkey28014
Jefferson27110
Franklin2373
Choctaw2036
Issaquena1064
Unassigned00

Alabama Coronavirus Cases

Confirmed Cases: 154942

Reported Deaths: 2660
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Jefferson22720374
Mobile14405314
Tuscaloosa10066137
Montgomery9820196
Madison907894
Shelby715361
Lee646165
Baldwin644369
Marshall431048
Calhoun416059
Etowah412249
Morgan400033
Houston365532
DeKalb325428
Elmore312852
St. Clair283842
Limestone273630
Walker269993
Talladega259135
Cullman231024
Lauderdale212540
Jackson205515
Autauga202130
Franklin201731
Colbert193330
Russell19053
Blount187325
Dallas186027
Chilton182632
Escambia171428
Coffee16829
Covington166629
Dale163851
Chambers133043
Pike131313
Tallapoosa129587
Clarke127317
Marion105029
Butler99840
Barbour9969
Marengo98222
Winston90613
Geneva8447
Lawrence81131
Pickens81117
Randolph80514
Bibb80114
Hale74830
Cherokee72314
Clay72212
Lowndes70228
Henry6386
Bullock63717
Monroe63610
Washington62312
Crenshaw59830
Perry5816
Wilcox55912
Fayette55713
Conecuh55613
Cleburne5327
Macon53020
Sumter46821
Lamar4595
Choctaw38712
Greene34016
Coosa1993
Out of AL00
Unassigned00
Tupelo
Few Clouds
84° wxIcon
Hi: 84° Lo: 67°
Feels Like: 86°
Columbus
Scattered Clouds
85° wxIcon
Hi: 85° Lo: 67°
Feels Like: 88°
Oxford
Clear
82° wxIcon
Hi: 83° Lo: 65°
Feels Like: 84°
Starkville
Clear
81° wxIcon
Hi: 84° Lo: 64°
Feels Like: 82°
WTVA Radar
WTVA Temperatures
WTVA Severe Weather