By Adam Brown
The Ole Miss Rebels men’s golf team is headed out to the state of California to participate in the NCAA Tournament. The Rebels are the No. 9 seed in the Stanford Regional where they will take the links against 12 other teams at the Stanford University Golf Course on May 13-15.
“We’re excited to return to the NCAA Tournament. This team has had a lot thrown at them throughout the course of the season, and they have responded each and every time,” head coach Chris Malloy said. “Many people counted our group out, and here we are – still standing with as clean of a slate as anyone else in the country. Now it’s time to continue to build on the momentum that we have created over the last two events and make a run towards a national championship.”
Ole Miss advances to an NCAA Regional for the fourth time in five seasons under Malloy’s guidance. The Rebels earned an at-large bid that featured five top-five finishes, including a runner-up showing at the Old Waverly Collegiate Championship. In the latest national polls, Ole Miss is No. 51 in Golfweek/Sagarin rankings and 54th in Golfstat’s team rankings. The only other time the Rebel golfers have appeared in a regional in California was during Malloy’s first season (2015), teeing it up in Santa Fe at The Farm Golf Club.
The entire NCAA Championship field consists of 81 teams and 45 individuals who are split up throughout six regional sites: Stanford, California; Simpsonville, Kentucky; Athens, Georgia; Austin, Texas; Murrells Inlet, South Carolina; Pullman, Washington.
Ole Miss will join the top-seeded Arizona State, Stanford, LSU, NC State, North Carolina among others.
The Rebels will have to finish in the top five at the Stanford Regional to advance to the 2019 NCAA Championship at the Blessings Golf Club in Fayetteville Arkansas on May 24-29.