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Thornberry Named to Haskins Award Watch List

Ole Miss men’s golf senior Braden Thornberry has been named to the Fred Haskins Award Watch List, the Haskins Commission announced Friday morning.
The Fred Haskins Award, presented annually by Stifel, is known as the “Heisman of Golf” and honors the late Fred Haskins, who dedicated his career as Head Professional at the Country Club of Columbus in teaching junior golfers.
Thornberry won the award in 2017 after winning the individual NCAA Championship by four strokes and leading the entire country in stroke average. Other past Haskins Award winners include the likes of Justin Thomas (2012), Bill Haas (2004), Graeme McDowell (2002), Matt Kuchar (1998), Tiger Woods (1996), Phil Mickelson (1990, ’91, ’92) and Ben Crenshaw (1971, ’72, ’73).
This past year, Thornberry has added to his impressive college resume with four medals during the 2017-18 season on his way to a 70.28 stroke average which ranked 15th nationally. He became the first Ben Hogan Award finalist in school history and also was named a finalist for the 2018 Fred Haskins Award. A fourth-place finish at the NCAA Bryan Regional earned him a spot in the national championship in May. He was selected second team All-American to became the third Ole Miss player in history to become a two-time All-American.
The senior helped Team USA take home the Arnold Palmer Cup in France this past summer. He finished in the top-5 at the Pacific Coast Amateur at the Olympic Club and made it to match play at the U.S. Amateur at Pebble Beach. Following the U.S. Amateur, Thornberry received the McCormack Medal as the No. 1 amateur in the world.
Thornberry made the cut at two PGA Tour events, the FedEx St. Jude Classic (T-26th) and the RSM Classic (T-61st). He also made his first major appearance at the U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills, missing the cut by one stroke. Making his Web.com Tour debut in April, Thornberry tied for 22nd at the inaugural North Mississippi Classic.

The Olive Branch, Mississippi native began his final season as a Rebel by finishing tied for seventh at the Ocean Course Invitational earlier this week. It was the 24th top-10 finish of Thornberry’s collegiate career, just two shy of the school record held by Darren Cole.

Thornberry and the Rebels get back on the course September 24 for the Shoal Creek Invitational in Birmingham, Alabama.

Courtesy of Ole Miss Sports

Adam Brown
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