MADISON – Mississippi State successfully defended its BancorpSouth Intercollegiate tournament championship with a strong finish on Tuesday at the Reunion Golf Course.
The Bulldogs jumped over 12 teams by shooting 1-under par on the back nine.
“I am so proud of this team for the way they battled today,” Coach Clay Homan said. “On a day where it was so easy to get frustrated and lose focus, we showed a tremendous amount of determination.”
MSU finished at 12-over 588. No. 15 Vanderbilt was second at 592 and No., 10 Houston was third at 593. Ole Miss finished fourth at 596.
Bulldogs senior Axel Boasson (74-71–145) finished in a tie for fourth. Fellow senior Joe Sakulpolphaisan (73-73–146) tied for seventh.
Also: senior Chad Ramey (Fulton; 73-79–152), sophomore Ben Wood (81-71–152) and senior Barrett Edens (76-77–153).
“I believe our maturity and senior leadership made a huge difference today,” Homan said of the comeback.
Pep Angles (73-68–141) was the medalist. For Ole Miss, Blake Morris (71-73–144) finished in a tie for second.
Southern Miss finished in a tie for seventh at 604.
Heavy rains postponed the opening round until noon on Monday, forcing tournament officials to shorten the Intercollegiate into 36 holes.
The SEC championship is next week at St. Simons Island, Ga.