'Dogs, Rebs Clash Friday at Old Waverly

STARKVILLE, Miss. - The Mississippi State and Ole Miss men's golf teams will clash in the 2nd Annual Magnolia Cup on Friday, Oct. 6, at Old Waverly Golf Club in West Point, Miss. The one-round event will also pit 18 supporters from each school competing in the event alongside Bulldog and Rebel golfers. The battle for the Magnolia Cup will begin at 10 a.m. THE EVENT IS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

The Bulldogs and Rebels will play a six-man line up, counting the four low scores for the team score.

The Magnolia Cup serves as a fundraising event to support both MSU and Ole Miss golf programs. The golf outing at the par-72 Old Waverly GC course raised in the neighborhood of around $20,000 for the programs a year ago.

In the inaugural event last year, UM claimed the Cameron Cup trophy, the trophy is awarded to the winner of the collegiate format. MSU won the Magnolia trophy, which is presented to the winning alumni team. The Rebels posted a round of 277 to top State by two strokes last Sept.

Mississippi State enters the Magnolia Cup having placed in the top-5 in the first three tournaments of the season, including a win at the Callis Communications Intercollegiate on Sept. 19 in Mobile, Ala. The last time an MSU team finished in the top-five of the first three events of the year was in the fall of 1996. The Bulldogs are coming off a fourth-place finish this past Tuesday in the Memphis Intercollegiate at Colonial Country Club in Cordova, Tenn.

MSU Sophomore Matt Fast is off to a great start which includes medalist honors at the Callis Communications Intercollegiate. The Hattiesburg, Miss. native has recorded three consecutive top-15 finishes to start the fall campaign ... Fast has been State's top-finisher in two of the three events this season and leads the team in scoring with a 72.33 average. Friday's dual at Old Waverly marks the fourth meeting between MState and UM in match play competition with the series ties at 2-2.

Ole Miss opened the season at the Scenic City Invitational in Chattanooga, Tenn. finishing sixth in the team standings. They were led by Callum Macaulay with rounds of 68-70-80 to finish third. The third-place showing marked the best finish for Macaulay as a Rebel. His previous best was a fifth place finish at the Mason Rudolph Championships in the fall of 2004. The Rebels were in the tournament field at the Memphis Intercollegiate and posted a seventh-place finish on Tuesday.

Old Waverly GC plays to a par-72 and a 7,000-yard championship style set up. The course played host to the 1999 U.S. Women's Open and will be the home of the 2006 Women's Mid-Amateur to be played Oct. 21-26. The course will also be the venue for the 2007 Southeastern Conference Women's Golf Championship on the weekend of April 20-22.

Fans are encouraged to come out and support collegiate golf at its finest on one of Mississippi's premier golf courses. Admission is free.

Magnolia Cup Format:

College Competition:

The low four scores will count for each team. The team with the lowest total will win the competition. The winning school will be awarded the Cameron Cup trophy.

Overall Competition:

This competition will involve all golfers. The four low scores from MSU and Ole Miss will count. The 18 golfers made up of MSU supporters and the 18 Ole Miss supporters will play a three-man shamble format. Each university will have six teams playing the shamble format using 50 percent of their handicap. One low-ball per hole per team will count for the team's total score. The low four teams per university will count. The total score for each university will be tabulated by the following: The total score of the four low college players + the low four shamble teams from each university = total university score. The low total score will win "The Magnolia Cup." This trophy will show the total team score for each team. The trophy will remain at the host's club until the next year's event.

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