Braden Thornberry captured the first individual golf championship in Ole Miss history with a four round total, 11 under par performance at the NCAA Arnold Palmer Individual National Championship at the Rich Farms Harvest Golf Club.
Thornberry trailed Texas’ Scottie Scheffler by three strokes heading into the final day of the tournament. While Scheffler struggled early on with a bogey and a triple bogey, Thornberry seized the momentum with a birdie on 3 and an eagle on 6. Thornberry discussed the hot start and how it put him on the right track to grab control of the leaderboard.
“It means a lot to be the champion,” Thornberry told OleMissSports.com. “It was a really special week. Really just from the start, got off to a great start, 6-under through the first 12 of the week, that got me started off on the right foot. The lead kept kind of creeping up. I tried to just stay in position until today and play a good round, and I was right there.”
Arkansas’ Mason Overstreet challenged Thornberry on the back-9 after Thornberry bogeyed the 10th and 14th holes. Thornberry was able to save par on the majority of the back-9 including 16 and 17. A birdie on 18 sealed the deal, and Thornberry became the NCAA champion.
He sinks it! pic.twitter.com/68BM0Cu8oB
— Ole Miss Men's Golf (@OleMissMGolf) May 30, 2017
Thornberry finished with a final round score of 71 (1-under).
With the victory, Thornberry earned his fifth of the season, the most in school history. The sophomore also tied Dave Peege for the most career wins in Rebel history with seven.
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