UM-MSU meet in men's golf match Friday

Old Waverly Golf Club in West Point will be the site for the first Magnolia Cup between the men's golf teams from Ole Miss and Mississippi State on Friday beginning at 10 a.m.

WEST POINT - The Ole Miss men's golf team will battle in-state rival Mississippi State in the inaugural Magnolia Cup on Friday, Sept. 23, at Old Waverly Golf Club in West Point, Miss. The battle for the cup will be one round and the first group will tee off at 10 a.m. The purpose of this first-time event is to support both golf programs at Ole Miss and MSU.

Old Waverly GC is a par-72, 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.

"The Magnolia Cup is very unique," said Ole Miss head coach Ernest Ross. "This tournament counts toward NCAA competition, but at the same time it allows our alums to play alongside our current players. It will be a great challenge for our team to compete against Mississippi State on one of their home courses."

Competing for the Rebels on Friday will be senior Derek Abel (Plano, Texas), junior Kyle Ellis (Senatobia, Miss.), junior Callum Macaulay(Kincardine, Scotland), junior Chris Rogers (Franklin, Tenn.), sophomore Jamie Howarth (Stockport, England) and freshman Will Roebuck (Bucks, England).

Upon completion of the Magnolia Cup, Ole Miss will travel to Nashville, Tenn., on Friday, September 30, for the Mason Rudolph Championships.

Magnolia Cup Tournament 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 Magnolia 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 Cameron Trophy." 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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