Hattiesburg, Miss. - Behind junior Chad Ramey's 3-under-par 210, the Mississippi State men's golf team rallied to a runner-up finish at the season-opening Sam Hall Intercollegiate, the team's best tournament finish since 2009.
"Obviously I am disappointed that we came up one shot short," head coach Clay Homan said. "I am really proud of the guys and the way they came together. They competed well and we made a heck of a run. That shows me what our team is capable of."
The Bulldogs fought back from a shaky first round on the Hattiesburg Country Club course to end the three-round event with a 6-under-par 846, one back of tournament champion Ole Miss.
The second-place showing was the best performance by the Bulldogs since the 2009 squad won the Mobile Bay Intercollegiate. That team went on to win two tournament titles and punch a ticket to the NCAA Southwest Regional.
Ramey, a Fulton, Miss., native, wrapped up his sixth-career top 10 finish as he tied for fourth place with a 210. After opening the tournament with rounds of 71 and 70 on Monday, the junior birdied three of his final 18 holes Tuesday to fire a final-round 69.
Senior Robi Calvesbert got his final season in Maroon & White off to a solid start. The Puerto Rico native shot his best round of the tournament, a 1-under-par 70, on Tuesday to finish in a tie for 14th with an even-par 213.
Junior newcomer Joe Sakulpolphaisan had the biggest turn-around from the opening round. The former No.1 JUCO golfer in the nation got off to a rough start with an opening-round 79, but he played stellar golf the final two rounds, carding a 69 and 68 to finish in the top 25 in his Bulldog debut.
Newcomer Haraldur Magnus, whose scores did not count toward the team total, shot a 2-over-par 215 in his debut. The Iceland native finished the event tied for 21st overall, but he was the top individual finisher, nine strokes better than the next individual competitor.
Homan's squad returns to action Sept. 21-13, traveling to the Legends Club in Franklin, Tenn., for the Mason Rudolph Championship. MSU last played the Mason Rudolph in 2010, where State finished 10th. Fans can follow Mississippi State Golf on Twitter at twitter.com/mstateMG and on Facebook at facebook.com/mstateMG.
Sam Hall Intercollegiate
Final Results -September 11, 2012
1. Mississippi (845, -7); 2. Mississippi State (846, -6) 3. South Alabama (850, -2); 4. Louisiana Tech (851, -1); T5. Southeastern Louisiana (853, +1); T5. Samford (853, +1); 7. Southern Mississippi (860, +8); 8. Louisiana-Lafayette (864, +12); 9. Arkansas-Little Rock (865, +13); 10. Sam Houston State (867, +15); 11. UTSA (872, +20); 12. Louisiana-Monroe (875, +23); 13. Arkansas State (878, +26); 14. Rice (883, +31); 15. Mc Neese State (900, +48)
MSU INDIVIDUAL RESULTS
T4. Chad Ramey 210, -3
T14. Robi Calvesbert 213, E
T24. Joe Sakulpolphaisan 216, +3
T29. Barrett Edens 217, +4
T43. Axel Boasson 151, +7
T21 Haraldur Magnus 215, +2*
*Competing as an individual