By Ole Miss Media Relations
ATLANTA – Ole Miss men’s golfer Jonathan Randolph just missed out on earning the individual spot to the NCAA Finals at the NCAA Southeast Regional Saturday at the Capital City Golf Club – Crabapple, falling on the fifth playoff hole.
Randolph and BYU’s Robbie Fillmore were tied for third at the end of the final round with a 209, after each shot 69. They began what would be a tight, grueling playoff on the 18th. The playoff lasted five holes and finally concluded on the fifth one (No. 10) when Fillmore chipped in for birdie from off the green. Randolph’s putt for birdie, also from off the green, just missed.
Randolph got into a playoff, by posting five birdies on the back nine including one on the ninth hole (his 18th). Knowing what he needed on the final hole to force a playoff, Randolph hit his second shot from about 170 to within five feet and made the putt to get into the playoff.
“It was a great tournament for Jonathan,” head coach Ernest Ross said. “His last nine holes of 5-under 30 on this golf course was probably some of the best golf I’ve ever seen. I am sorry he had to lose in a playoff. He played great until the other guy chipped in for birdie. I know he’ll come back stronger. This will only fuel his desire.”
The team shot 287 in the final round to finish 10th at 873. A disappointing 301 in the first round hurt their chances, as they shot 285 in the second round.
“Team had a disappointing week. I know they’re not very satisfied, I’m not either. We have everybody coming back next year. We’ve got to make a resolve to improve as players over the summer.”