By Staff and school reports
Four members of the Ole Miss men’s and women’s golf teams claimed spots on the All-SEC teams that were released Monday and Tuesday.
Ole Miss junior golfer Jonathan Randolph was named to the All-SEC first team Tuesday while Pete Kellermann and Tom Brown were named to the All-Freshman Team.
Randolph, a native of Brandon, becomes the fourth player since head coach Ernest Ross returned to the program in 2004, to earn first- or second-team honors.
Recently selected to represent the United States in the Palmer Cup, Randolph led the SEC in stroke average all season with a 70.52. He won three times this year, including twice this spring. Randolph has seven top-five and eight top-10 finishes in 11 tournaments this year.
Randolph has 12 rounds in the 60s and 25 rounds at or under par this year. He is also on par to break the school record for lowest stroke average in a season.
“We are very proud of Jonathan for having an outstanding year and earning All-SEC first team honors,” Ross said.
Brown, a native of Hertfordshire, England, made the lineup in every tournament this year and earned seventh at the Squire Creek Intercollegiate for his best finish. Kellermann, who hails from Jacksonville, Fla., made his debut this spring and played in every event. He tied for seventh at the BancorpSouth Intercollegiate for his best finish.
“We are excited for Pete and Tom to make freshman All-SEC. They both deserved it and are great newcomers on our team,” Ross said. “It’s a credit to Pete and Tom to make the lineup at an SEC school.”
All three honorees helped lead Ole Miss to five consecutive top-five finishes this spring, including their best finish at the SEC Championship (2nd) since 1988.
The Rebels are expected to earn their fourth straight NCAA Regional appearance. The selections will be revealed May 10.
On the women’s side, senior golfer Sara Grantham was named to the All-SEC second team on Monday.
“We are proud of Sara and all that she is accomplishing in her senior season,” head coach Michele Drinkard said. “For a player that was told over the years that she needed to hit it further to compete on the SEC level, Sara just proved that nothing measures heart, passion and a willingness to work harder than anybody else to reach her goals. A coach dreams of having a team that is filled with players like Sara, and I am grateful everyday to have that opportunity.”
Grantham leads the team with a 75.11 stroke average, two top-five, three top-10 and five top-20 finishes on the year. She recently tied for fifth at the SEC Championship in her home state of Alabama.
The Rebels also learned Monday that they will be playing in their second consecutive NCAA Regional, earning a trip to Bloomington, Ind., for the Central Regional. The Rebels competed in the NCAA East Regional in 2009 and failed to advance to the finals.
The Central Regional, hosted by Indiana University, will be played at Otter Creek Golf Course May 6-8 and includes top seed and No. 1 ranked Arizona State, Southern California, Purdue, Michigan State, Georgia, Denver, New Mexico, Florida State and Oklahoma State. Ten teams from the SEC will be involved in NCAA Regionals. The East Regional includes Auburn, Vanderbilt, Tennessee, Florida and South Carolina, while Alabama, LSU and Arkansas are in the West Regional.
A total of 24 teams (eight from each regional) and six individuals (two from each regional) will advance to the finals. The championship finals will be held May 18-21 at the Country Club of Landfall and will be hosted by the University of North Carolina, Wilmington.