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Former Ole Miss All-American Jonathan Randolph earned his PGA Tour card Sunday after finishing in the top 25 of the WEB.com Qualifying Tour this season.
To earn a PGA Tour card, golfers must qualify through the WEB.com Qualifying Tour. At the end of the season, the top 25 players on the money list advance to the PGA Tour the following year.
The Brandon, Mississippi, native finished the year ranked 15th on the money list, earning a total of $190,876. He notched four top-10 finishes on the season with a 70.13 stroke average.
A first team All-American selection as a senior at Ole Miss in 2010, Randolph has posted three National Golf Association Pro Golf Tour wins and was the NGA Co-Rookie of the Year in 2012.
–Ole Miss Sports Information
The Ole Miss men’s tennis team will face 11 NCAA Tournament teams from last season, including five home matches against top 25 teams, as the Rebels announced the 2014-15 schedule Wednesday.
REBELS PREPARE FOR SPRING WITH FALL SLATE… • The Rebels will kick of the fall season Sept. 19-22 at the SEC Fall Classic in Gainesville, Fla. Other fall tournaments include the ITA All-American Championships, the ITA Southern Regional Championships, the National Indoor Championships and two ITF Futures.
REBELS PLAY THE BEST… • ITA Kick-Off Weekend Jan. 24-25 in Gainesville, Florida. The Rebels will face Florida in the first round and then either South Carolina or Stanford in the second round. The winner advances to the ITA National Team Indoor Championships in Houston, Texas. • The Rebels non-conference home schedule includes Tulane (Feb. 27) and perennial power, Baylor (finished sixth in the nation last year) on March 10. • The SEC will be loaded again, and the Rebels will host five top 25 teams from a year ago, including Vanderbilt (20), Florida (15), Tennessee (18) and Kentucky (12). Road matches include top 25 foes Georgia (9), Texas A&M (10) and Mississippi State (19). • The SEC Championship takes place April 15-19 in College Station, Texas. The NCAA Team First & Second Rounds kick off on Friday, May 8 across 16 campus sites and then the final 16 will be played in Waco, Texas at Baylor.
QUOTING HANSSON… “We are looking forward to playing another tough schedule this year,” first-year head coach Toby Hansson said. “I know the team will be well prepared for the challenge of competing with the best teams in the country.”
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Volleyball to Kick off Season
After three weeks of preseason practice, it’s time for the Ole Miss volleyball team to kick off the 2014 season and the Steven McRoberts era. The Rebels will do that this weekend at the Buffalo Classic in Buffalo, New York.
After a trip to Niagara Falls on Thursday, the Rebels will face Canisius in the first match Friday at 9 a.m. CT. Later that day, the Rebels will take on Siena at 4 p.m. CT. Saturday, Ole Miss faces Lehigh at 4 p.m. CT and then the Rebels conclude the trip with a Noon CT match against Buffalo on Sunday.
“We’re excited about going to Buffalo,” McRoberts said. “We’re taking off Wednesday evening when these ladies get out of class, so we can go to Niagara Falls on Thursday, get a little sightseeing in while we’re up there.
“With the way the tournament is set up, we’ll have an opportunity to look at some different lineups Friday and make some decisions as we go through the weekend.
NOTING THE REBELS… • Ole Miss returns the top three leaders in kills from a year ago, in junior Nakeyta Clair, sophomore Melanie Crow and junior Ty Laporte. Clair led the team last year with 301 kills, 2.64 per set. She ranked sixth in the SEC with 1.14 blocks per set and broke the single-season program record for block assists (105) and total blocks (130).
• The Rebels also return the “quarterback” of the offense in sophomore setter Aubrey Edie. She averaged a team-high 9.21 assists per set, eighth best in the SEC and tops among freshman in the league. Edie made the U.S. Collegiate National Team and traveled to Minneapolis this summer to train and compete in conjunction with the USA Volleyball Girls’ Junior National Championships.
For more information on Ole Miss Volleyball, follow the Rebels on Twitter at @OleMissVB, on Facebook at OleMissVolleyball and on Instagram at OleMissVB.
–Ole Miss Sports Information