Kye Meeks wins the Mississippi State Amateur
Kye Meeks (Ole Miss photo)
Kye Meeks (Ole Miss photo)

Kye Meeks won the 2023 Mississippi State Amateur Saturday at Canebrake Country Club in Hattiesburg. He posted a total of 16-under for the 72-hole tournament, edging Brett Patterson of Oxford by two shots.

Meeks, who plays for Ole Miss, was ranked the No. 1 recruit in the state of Mississippi after his senior year in high school. His stellar high school and junior record included winning individual high school titles in both his sophomore and junior years.

At Canebrake, it looked like he was poised to run away with the title at the tournament's midway point. After opening with a round of 66, he posted a tournament-low round of 64 in the second round and took a 6-shot lead into round three.

But Meeks came back to earth a bit that third day, posting a 71, primarily due to some mistakes on the back nine -- particularly on the par 3 12th hole, where he made a double bogey. When Patterson (who plays for Middle Tennessee State) fired 65, the tournament went from a potential blowout to a close contest.

Things remained tied through the front nine in the final round until Meeks closed the door with three birdies on the back, including a "seal the deal" birdie on No. 17, which gave him a two-shot cushion to play with on the 18th hole, which he parred.

“I’m learning a little bit more about this place each time I play a round,” said Meeks, who had never played Canebrake before this week.

Evidently, he liked what he saw on the Jerry Pate design.

Results: Mississippi State Amateur
1MSKye MeeksWalnut, MS30066-64-71-67=268
2MSBrett PattersonOxford, MS20068-68-65-69=270
3MSBrice WilkinsonRidgeland, MS10071-67-69-67=274
4MSJoseph DeraneyBelden, MS10068-73-70-67=278
T5MSBen SnowHattiesburg, MS10072-68-71-68=279

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ABOUT THE Mississippi State Amateur

Format: The tournament is scheduled for 72 holes of stroke play with a cut to the low 60(+ties) after 36 holes of play. Field size is limited to 120 players. Qualifiers will be held for the State Amateur, including an Open Qualifier, the week of the event. Each is scheduled for 18 holes of stroke play. The number of players to advance will be determined by the number of entries for each qualifier and the number available in the field after the exempt players have reserved their place. The same percentage from each qualifier will advance to the championship.

Eligibility: The Amateur Championship is open to male amateurs who are bona fide residents of the state of Mississippi for at least 60 days prior to the first round of the tournament. Participants must conform with the USGA Rules of Amateur Status. All participants in Mississippi Golf Association State Championships are required to have an active GHIN Handicap through a USGA Licensed Mississippi Club.

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