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Today’s roundup features The Rebel Walk.com.

Blackman and Parkinson excited about playing in first NCAA Regional at home

Tate Blackman Photo by Joshua McCoy/Ole Miss Athletics @olemisspix
Tate Blackman
Photo by Joshua McCoy/Ole Miss Athletics

A season ago, Ole Miss had to travel out West for the NCAA regionals, but this year the Rebels get to stay home and play in front of their own raucous crowd.

Infielder Tate Blackman and left-handed pitcher David Parkinson will be newcomers to the postseason festivities that will take place at Swayze Field. Despite playing in front of the home crowd over the course of the 2016 season, neither Blackman nor Parkinson knows what it feels like to play a regional game at home.

“I’m looking forward to it,” Parkinson said. “I have heard a lot of things about it. I have heard it’s insanely packed. I’m just ready to show up and play.”

Blackman hasn’t gotten much sleep in the past days leading up to Friday night’s game against the Utes. He’s been watching YouTube videos of past home regional games. Before that, he asked his teammates – J.B. Woodman, Errol Robinson, and Colby Bortles – what it’s like to play in a regional game at home.

“All of them said, ‘Dude just wait. You’re going to see how live it is.'”

Courtesy of Courtney Smith and the Rebel Walk.com

Men’s Golf Signee Named 2016 NJCAA Jack Nicklaus National Player of the Year


Ole Miss men’s golf signee Kerry Sweeney was named the 2016 NJCAA Jack Nicklaus National Player of the Year Award Thursday. The award, presented by Barbasol, is given to the top player at the junior college level.

Sweeney becomes the first NJCAA player to win the Nicklaus Award in consecutive years, and is one of six college golfers to win multiple Nicklaus Awards. Sweeney earned medalist honors twice this season, including the NJCAA Division I Championship. The Melbourne, Florida native fired a bogey-free, 7-under par 65 in the final round to come from behind and win the NJCAA individual championship. Sweeney also posted three runner-up finishes and placed outside of the top 10 only twice in 10 tournaments.

“We are extremely proud of Kerry and all that he has accomplished this year,” said head coach Chris Malloy. “To win this award is an amazing honor in itself. However to win it in back-to-back years is truly remarkable. He has a very bright future in front of him and we are sure glad that he is a Rebel!”

Sweeney will compete in the Barbasol Shootout for an exemption into the PGA Tour’s Barbasol Championship, held July 14-17 at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail at Grand National in Opelika, Alabama. The Barbasol Shootout will be held Saturday, June 4 at Scioto Country Club in Columbus, Ohio, the same golf course Jack Nicklaus learned to play golf as a young boy.

The recipients will be recognized by Jack Nicklaus in the following day at 10 am during the final round of the Memorial Tournament at the Muirfield Village Golf Club. Past winners of the award include Tiger Woods (1996), Phil Mickelson (1990-92), David Duval (1993) and Justin Thomas (2012). Award recipients have combined for over 200 victories worldwide and claimed 22 major championships.

For all Ole Miss Men’s golf news and information, follow the Rebels on Twitter at @OleMissMGolf, on Instagram at OleMissMGolf and on Facebook at facebook.com/OleMissMGolf. Fans can also follow head coach Chris Malloy on Twitter @CoachMalloy12.

Courtesy of Ole Miss Sports

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