Rebel golfers take second-straight tournament

RUSTON, La. – Rebel freshmen Jonathan Randolph and Chris Mullhaupt combine for three birdies on their last three holes to close the deal for the Ole Miss men's golf team, as they captured the Squire Creek Invitational Tuesday. It marked the Rebels second tournament title in as many weeks.

The Rebels (860) held the first round lead with a 6-under 282. They led Jacksonville State by two, but it was LSU (862) and Louisiana Tech (863), who Ole Miss had to hold off at the end. After a second round 292, the Rebels held a seven-stroke lead over both Louisiana schools, but strong finishes by both provided plenty of suspense.

"It was a hard-fought victory down to the wire," head coach Ernest Ross said. "LSU and Louisiana Tech played great down the stretch, and we had to hold them off. We learned just how important every shot is. We are really proud of our freshmen for stepping up and sealing the deal."

This marks the first time since 1985 that the Rebels have won back-to-back tournaments, after capturing the Memphis Intercollegiate last week. In '85 they captured the Country Club of Jackson tournament April 19-21, and followed that up with a win at the Chris Schenkel Intercollegiate April 26-28.

Rebel senior Kyle Ellis tied for fifth with a 69-72-72—213 for his seventh career top-five finish and second in a row. The Senatobia native now has 12 top-10 career finishes. Randolph, a native of Brandon, tied for eighth with a 72-71-71—214, good enough for his second top-10 finish.

Senior David Marino, who held the first round lead, finished 18th with a 68-74-75—217, and junior Jesse Speirs carded a 73-75-70--218 for 19th place.

Mullhaupt, who struggled in the first two rounds with 76-81, birdied his last hole, for 73 to finish at 230. The Rebels will conclude the fall portion of the season Oct. 22-24 at the Mason Rudolph Invitational in Nashville, Tenn.

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