TALLAHASSEE, Fla. ? Despite struggling early on in the round, the 25th-ranked Ole Miss men’s golf team rallied to shoot an even par 288 on day one of the Seminole Intercollegiate Friday, to take the lead. Freshman Joe David led the way with a career-best 5-under 67 and is tied for the individual lead.
Virginia is one back of the Rebels with a first round 289. Vanderbilt is in third with a 290, and host Florida State and Mississippi State are tied for fourth at 292.
David posted seven birdies on his round to lead the Rebels. Fellow freshman Sean Dale rebounded to finish with a 1-under 71 and is tied for seventh. Senior Stefan Strandlund closed with consecutive birdies to post an even par 72 and is tied for 10th.
“It is nice to have the lead in any tournament, but I felt we could have played better as a team,” head coach Ernest Ross said. “Obviously I am very pleased for Joe. He shot 5-under and is now 9-under for his last two rounds dating back to last week in Orlando. Sean made a good rally to shoot 71 after making the turn in +2. Stefan closed very well with key birdies on Nos. 17 and 18.
“We were tied for the lead after one round here last year, but we didn’t finish well. Our players know we are a long way from this tournament being over. We will have a little fire in our eyes tomorrow when we tee off, and hope to avoid the ‘big head.’”
The Rebels will tee off the second round beginning at Noon CT Saturday. To follow the team during the tournament go to www.OleMissSports.com and click on the link for live scoring in the calendar box.
SEMINOLE INTERCOLLEGIATE ? TALLAHASSEE, Fla. TEAM STANDINGS (Round One) 1. OLE MISS 288 2. Virginia 289 3. Vanderbilt 290 T4. Florida State 292 T4. Mississippi State 292 6. Mercer University 293 T7. UAB 296 T7. Arkansas 296 9. Auburn 297 10. Western Carolina 304 11. Maryland 308 12. College of Charleston 310 OLE MISS INDIVIDUALS T1. Joe David 67 T7. Sean Dale 71 T10. Stefan Strandlund 72 T51. Jonathan Randolph 78 T54. Jesse Speirs 79