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Ole Miss’ Hartono, Bortles Earn NCAA Individual Bids

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Ole Miss’ Hartono, Bortles Earn NCAA Individual Bids

Ole Miss women’s tennis Junior Arianne Hartono earned a bid to the NCAA Singles Championship and will team up with freshman Alexa Bortles in the NCAA Doubles Championship.
Hartono will participate in the NCAA Singles and Doubles for the second year in a row after reaching the round of 16 in singles last year and earning All-America honors.
Last week Hartono earned All-SEC First Team honors in a league that placed 12 teams in the NCAA Team Championships and 23 in the 64-player singles bracket. She owns an 18-13 overall record, 13-10 at No. 1 singles. Hartono is ranked No. 27 in the latest ITA Singles Rankings.
Hartono and Bortles made their debut on March 24 and rose up the rankings to their current spot of No. 21 with a 6-5 record at No. 1 doubles. They are one of 13 SEC teams among the 32-team doubles draw.
“It’s very exciting to once again have both a singles player as well as a doubles team in the NCAA field,” head coach Mark Beyers said. “Arianne has established herself as one of the top players in the SEC. In doubles, Arianne and Alexa picked up a few top 15 wins at the SEC tournament in order to get themselves into the NCAA’s.”
The singles and doubles championships will take place May 24-29 following the team championships in Athens, Georgia.
The Rebels earned their ninth straight NCAA bid and will face William & Mary in the first round, May 13 at 8 a.m. CT in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
For more information on Ole Miss Women’s Tennis, follow the Rebels on Twitter @OleMissWTennis, on Facebook at OleMissWTennis and on Instagram at OleMissWTennis. Also follow Coach Beyers on Twitter, @MarkBeyers.
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Men’s Golf and Women’s Tennis Teams Earn NCAA APR Public Recognition

The Ole Miss women’s tennis and men’s golf team’s success isn’t limited to just the playing fields as both have been recognized for their outstanding performances in the classroom with the NCAA Public Recognition Award.
Both teams earned perfect 1,000 marks and are among 1,090 teams across the country earning perfect scores. Based on their most recent multiyear Academic Progress Rate, these teams have earned NCAA Public Recognition Awards for posting scores in the top 10 percent of their sport. The APR is an annual scorecard of academic achievement calculated for all Division I sports teams nationally.
“Many of our teams have improved their APR scores tremendously over the past five years which has led to Ole Miss posting its highest overall APR score in recorded history,” said senior associate athletic director of student-athlete development, Derek Cowherd. “Congratulations to Coach Malloy and Coach Beyers for promoting academic success on their respective teams. Posting a perfect 1000 Academic Progress Rate is evidence of their leadership and commitment to their students’ success.“
This will mark the second consecutive year and the fifth overall time women’s tennis has earned the NCAA recognition. The Rebel men’s golf team has won Ole Miss’ Chancellors Cup, awarded to the men and women’s teams with the top GPAs, each of the last two years, while former men’s golfer Forrest Gamble earned the SEC’s H. Boyd McWhorter Award in 2016, given to the top scholar athlete in the SEC.
This year, 1,203 teams are being recognized for academic performance: 746 women’s teams and 457 men’s teams or co-ed teams. The total number of teams being recognized increased by 132 from a year ago, largely as a result of an increase in perfect scores. Scores for programs in the top 10 percent ranged from 984 to a perfect 1,000, with 1,090 teams earning a perfect score.
All Division I teams’ APR scores will be released May 10. All teams must meet a certain academic threshold to qualify for the postseason and can face penalties for continued low academic performance. The APR measures eligibility, graduation and retention each term and provides a clear picture of the academic performance for each team in every sport.
The most recent APRs are based on scores from the 2012-13, 2013-14, 2014-15 and 2015-16 academic years.
The women’s tennis team earned its ninth consecutive NCAA berth under the guidance of head coach Mark Beyers and will head to Chapel Hill, NC to take on William and Mary in the first round. The men’s golf team is currently ranked No. 22 and awaits its NCAA Regional selection on Thursday.
For further academic accolades, follow @UMTrueRebel on Twitter.
Ole Miss Student-Athlete Development Mission
The mission of Ole Miss’ Student-Athlete Development program is to challenge student-athletes to be lifelong learners while pursuing continuous improvement academically, relationally, socially, personally, and professionally during and beyond their careers as student-athletes.
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Thornberry, Wolcott Earn All-SEC Honors

Photo by Joshua McCoy/Ole Miss Athletics.

Ole Miss sophomore Braden Thornberry earned first team All-SEC honors and senior Ben Wolcott was named to All-SEC second team by the league’s coaches, the conference office announced Wednesday.
Thornberry and Wolcott combined for six individual titles this season to help lead the No. 20 Ole Miss to four team wins and the SEC Men’s Golf Championship quarterfinals. The two All-SEC selections are tied for the second most in the SEC with (list schools). Alabama, Auburn and Georgia each had one All-SEC selection, while Arkansas, Kentucky, Mississippi State, Missouri and Tennessee had none.
“I am so happy for Ben and Braden to be recognized on great years,” said Rebel head coach Chris Malloy. “To have six individual wins between the two is an amazing accomplishment.”
Thornberry earned first team All-SEC honors after a stellar sophomore campaign, claiming four medalist honors this season. Ranked the sixth-best golfer in the nation according to Golfweek, Thornberry won SEC Golfer of the Week honors following his 13-stroke victory at the Ryman Hospitality Intercollegiate last month. The Olive Branch, Mississippi native carved his name in the Ole Miss record book this season with the lowest and second-lowest three round tournament scores at 198 and 199, and has the most rounds in the 60s in a season. He is among the top golfers in the nation statistically this season with the second-best stroke average in the country, and the best in the SEC, at 69.60. Thornberry leads the nation in stroke average on par 3s at 2.98, has the second-most birdies and is ninth in par-4 scoring at 3.96 this year. Most recently, he finished tied for third at the SEC Men’s Golf Championships to claim his eighth top-five finish of the year.
“Braden has had one of the best years of anyone in college golf,” said Malloy. “To do what he has done with only being in his sophomore year is amazing.”
Ranked the 67th player in the nation according to Golfweek, Wolcott earned All-SEC honors following his best year as a Rebel. The Dickson, Tennessee native finished the regular season with a 71.14 stroke average and turned in five top-five finishes this year. Wolcott carded a season-low round of 67 in the final round of the Lamkin Grips San Diego Classic in March to win his first ever collegiate tournament and followed with a career-best three round tournament score of 204 to earn consecutive medalist honors at Hootie at Bulls Bay that gave him SEC Player of the Week honors. Wolcott most recently defeated SEC runner-up Patrick Martin, of Vanderbilt, by six holes in the quarterfinals of match play.
“I am thrilled for Ben to get the recognition that he deserves,” said Malloy. “He has worked extremely hard to get to where he is and I couldn’t be any more proud of him.”
The Rebels await the announcement of NCAA Regionals pairings tomorrow at 11:00 a.m. Fans can watch the NCAA Men’s Golf Selection Show on the Golf Channel and stream live on the Golf Channel website. The Rebels will compete in one of six regional sites which include The Grove, College Grove, Tennessee, hosted by Middle Tennessee State University; Kampen Course, West Lafayette, Indiana, hosted by Purdue University; Stanford Golf Course, Stanford, California, hosted by Stanford University; University of Texas Golf Club, Austin, Texas, hosted by University of Texas at Austin; University Club, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, hosted by LSU and Aldarra Golf Club, Sammamish, Washington, hosted by University of Washington. 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.
Alejandro Tosti, Florida
Chandler Phillips, Texas A&M
Sam Burns, LSU
Patrick Martin, Vanderbilt
Braden Thornberry, Ole Miss
Matthias Schwab, Vanderbilt
Greyson Sigg, Georgia
Cameron Champ, Texas A&M
Sam Horsfield, Florida
Theo Humphrey, Vanderbilt
Keenan Huskey, South Carolina
Davis Riley, Alabama
Luis Gagne, LSU
Trace Crowe, Auburn
Gordon Neale, Florida
Scott Stevens, South Carolina
Ben Wolcott, Ole Miss
Scott Limbaugh, Vanderbilt
Sam Burns, LSU
John Augenstein, Vanderbilt
Euan Walker, Missouri
John Augenstein, Vanderbilt
Spencer Ralston, Georgia
Luis Garza, Arkansas
Tanapat Pichaikool, Mississippi State
Andy Zhang, Florida
Rory Franssen, Missouri
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