On The Heels Of Landing In The Top 25, Bulldogs Head For SEC Championship
“We are really looking forward to coming back to Sea Island and competing for the SEC Championship,” Coach Clay Homan said. “Three of our guys have played multiple rounds at the SEC tournament in the past, so they certainly know what to expect and what it takes to play this course. We just have to go out and play with the same consistency we have all year.”
After winning three out of their last four tournaments, MSU has certainly been consistent. Last week at the inaugural Old Waverly Collegiate Championship, Clay Homan’s squad captured their fourth win of the season.
The 3-over-par, 867 from Old Waverly earned the Bulldogs the top spot in the school’s history books for tournament victories.
For the three-day, three-round event, the Bulldogs will tee off against 13 other SEC squads, eight of which are ranked in the Top 25. No. 2 Alabama and No. 9 Florida, two teams MSU has faced off against already this season, are ranked in the Top 10.
Against conference foes this season, MSU has played Ole Miss the most. The Bulldogs have won four times against the Rebels.
Team success for the Maroon and White has trickled down to individual success this season. MSU has had two SEC Player of the Week’s (the most in school history), a tournament medalist and three players ranking in the Top 10 of MSU’s all-time stroke average for a season. To say the Bulldogs are playing well would be an understatement.
The Bulldogs will go with the junior trio of Chad Ramey, Axel Boasson and Joe Sakulpolphaisan in their 1-3 spots. Rounding out the fourth and fifth spot on the State’s lineup card will be senior Robi Calvesbert and junior Barrett Edens.
Ramey finished sixth overall last time out at Old Waverly, giving the junior his seventh Top 10 of the season. The 1-under-par, 215 score at the OWCC lowered his stroke average to 72.03 for the season to give Ramey the third spot in MSU’s history book.
Last season Ramey earned a seventh place tie at the 2012 SEC Championship. The Fulton, Miss., native has performed well against the SEC this year as well, compiling an 82-15 record against conference opponents this season. The junior also ranks eighth overall in the SEC for score vs. par (+.58).
With the 10th place card from Old Waverly a week ago, Boasson earned his fourth Top 10 of the season. The junior has finished 11th or better in six of his last seven tournaments. Boasson’s 72.06 average also places him fourth all-time at MSU in stroke average for a season. The Iceland native is 73-24 among SEC opponents this season, garnering the second best record on the 2012-13 squad.
Sakulpolphaisan finished tied for 13th at the OWCC, after his 2-over-par, 218 performance. The junior has turned in an impressive 10 Top 25 cards this season in 11 attempts. In his first season with MSU, Sakulpolphaisan has already marked his name in the MSU history book with his 72.67 stroke average. The 72.67 average ranks seventh all-time in school history, becoming the third Bulldog to enter the record books for stroke average this year.
Being the lone senior on the club, Calvesbert will come into St. Simons Island for the last time as a Bulldog. The Puerto Rico native has turned in a solid seven Top 25 cards in his last season for MSU. Calvesbert has played at the Sea Island Golf Course twice already for his career.
Rounding out the Maroon and White lineup at the 2013 SEC Championship will be Edens. The junior has played on the team scorecard four times this season and once as an individual. The Okolona, Miss., native’s best performance came in the season-opening Sam Hall tourney, where he turned in a 4-over-par, 217 to place 29th overall.
On Friday, the Bulldogs will be joined by No. 21 Texas A&M and No. 23 Tennessee at 9:10 EST from hole No. 1 to begin the their post-season journey.
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