The Ole Miss men’s golf team finished runner-up in their second event of the season, the Windon Memorial Classic at Conway Farms Golf Club in Lake Forest. Jackson Suber paced the team in scoring (70-71-69—210) by finishing in the top-5 for back-to-back weeks, while Jack Gnam (68-74-70—212) and Sarut Vongchaisit (68-69-75—212) each finished tied for ninth.
The Rebels ended the tournament as one of only two teams in red figures, finishing with a three-round total of 5-under (278-284-285—847), good for the ninth-lowest score in the history of the event, spanning 23 years. Ole Miss was just five shots back of first place Notre Dame (281-277-284—842) and held a six-stroke cushion over third-place South Florida (292-272-289—853). The Rebels led the field in total birdies with 55, including going 15-under on the par-5s that also paced the 14 teams.
“I’m really proud of our guys for the effort they showed this week,” head coach Chris Malloy said. “Our goal certainly was to win, but anytime that you can finish second in a field like this, you have done some things right. This has been a good two-week stretch and now we will get back, get rest, and work on what we need to improve.”
Suber collected his second top-five of the season in as many events with another under-par tournament. The sophomore saved his best for last, shooting a final-round 2-under 69 to move up two spots into a tie for fifth on Tuesday. He was consistent all day, recording 14 pars to go along with three birdies and a lone bogey. Suber led the team in birdies with 14 and has shot par-or-better in five of his six rounds so far this season. This performance marked Suber’s fifth top-five showing of his young Ole Miss career.
Vongchaisit put together another career tournament this week, notching a new career-low finish, tying for ninth. The sophomore started out with two-under-par rounds on the 36-hole day on Monday, going 68-69. Vongchaisit finished with a 4-over 75 on Tuesday for a career-low tying 54-hole score of 212 (-1), keeping him in the top-10 individually. He was second on the team with 13 birdies.
Jack Gnam ended with a career-best finish as well, tying for ninth alongside Vongchaisit. The sophomore went 68-74-70—212 (-1) on his way to his first top-10 of his career. Gnam was first on the team in pars with 38, including 13 during the final round.
Veeti Mahonen tied for 24th in his debut in the Ole Miss lineup, besting his performance as an individual at the Badger Invitational. The freshman shot an even-par 71 on the final day to move up eight spots. The Finland native finished strong with five birdies over the last 11 holes to get back to level par. Mahonen’s three-round total of 72-73-71—216 (+3) was a new career-low 54-hole score.
Chip Getz tied for 42nd, going 73-71-76—220 (+7).
The Rebels return to the course Oct. 6-7 for the Jerry Pate National Intercollegiate in Vestavia Hills, Alabama.
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