By: Adam Brown
Ole Miss golfer Braden Thornberry was named to the PING All-American Second Team. The Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) made the announcement Thursday afternoon. Thornberry becomes the third, two-time All-American in school history.
Thornberry, the No. 2 ranked amateur in the world, had a big junior season on the golf course. He led the Rebels to another NCAA Regional appearance before qualifying for the NCAA Championships to defend his title as national champion. Thornberry collected four victories this season, increasing his career total to a school-record of 11. He earned medalist honors at the Shoal Creek Invitational, FAMC Intercollegiate at The Grove, Hootie at Bulls Bay and the Old Waverly Collegiate Championship.
The Olive Branch, Mississippi native finished the 2017-2018 collegiate season ranked top 20 nationally in the following categories: versus par (9th at -1.49), par 3 scoring (9th -3.01), birdies (12th-155) and scoring average (15th-70.28).
Thornberry’s list of accolades is lengthy. Along with becoming the first Ben Hogan Award finalist in school history, Thornberry was also a finalist for the Fred Haskins Award and a semifinalist for the Jack Nicklaus Award. He became a first-team All-SEC honoree for the second straight season, the sixth Rebel to ever accomplish that feat, and earned PING Southeast All-Region accolades for the second consecutive time.
Thornberry joins Darren Cole and Dave Peege as the only two-time All-American in Ole Miss history.