A Q&A With MSU Golfer Josh Bevell

Mississippi State junior golfer Josh Bevell, with his first-day score of 66 during the just-completed NCAA East Regional, set the tone for Mississippi State and helped lead them to a fourth place finish in the regional, which in turn put them in the NCAA Championship. Josh talks about the regional and the upcoming championship.

You shot a 66 the first day of the regional, which, according to head coach Clay Homan, really gave the team a boost that first day. Did you feel like you would shoot that well going into the regional?
Josh Bevell - "I felt like I was really close for a few weeks, but I just hadn't put it together. I really didn't play as well as I would have liked to during the spring, but I felt good about my game the entire semester. And it kind of came together a little bit that day. I putted well that day and that usually helps."

Could you feel that the team was coming together going into the regional?
"Yeah, we played well in the SEC (Tournament). And that was really big because everybody in the SEC is good and we came in 5th. That was definitely a big boost to our confidence."

After the first day at the regional did you feel like the team would wind up in the top 10 in the regional, therefore putting your team in the NCAA Championship?
"The first day we really felt good about it. We had an afternoon tee time. And everybody who played in the afternoon had to play in the rain. For us to shoot six under par in the rain, we felt really felt good about that. That gave us a lot of confidence."

Once you completed the regional in 4th place you knew you were in the NCAA Championship. What was it like coming back to State knowing that?
"It was a lot of fun, but it wasn't a whole different than normal. We were definitely a lot happier. But we had to get up pretty early, then we had a two and a half hour fog delay, so it was a long day for us."

As a team, what are you guys doing while waiting to play in the NCAA Championship?
"We are pretty much practicing on our own. A few of the guys went home and are practicing there. As for me, I actually haven't been able to practice as much as I would like because I tweaked my back. I've mainly been practicing my short game, which is the most important thing anyway. I'll be ready to go, though."

What are your thoughts going into the championship?
"I'm really looking forward to it. It's probably the biggest tournament that I have ever played in. I'm looking forward to seeing how I react."

What are your expectations going in?
"I feel like we should make the (15-team) cut. If we don't, then it will be a disappointment. But I feel like as long as we play like we can, things will take care of themselves. I don't really have a set goal, just play well and go from there."

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