No. 11 Auburn men's golf 2016-17 season preview
SEC Men's Freshman Golfer of the Week (3-8-17)
SEC Men's Freshman Golfer of the Week (4-11-17)
Career Low: 65 - SEC Championship first round (4-21-17)
Top Finish: T-5th, Gary Koch Invitational (April, 2017)
2017-18 (Sophomore): Leads the team at 70.67 strokes per round ... 5 sub-par rounds ... 3 rounds in the 60s ... Only player to have all rounds counted (12-for-12) ... Finished in the top-20 in all four fall events ... T-11th at Tavistock Collegiate Invitational at 2-under 73-70-71--214 ... Tied for 12th at Jerry Pate National at 71-70-67--208 ... Tied for 17th at Trinity Forest Invitational ... Closed with a final round 4-under 68 to tie for 12th in the season-opening Carpet Capital Collegiate with a 3-under 72-73-68--213.
2016-17 (Freshman): Averaged 72.24 strokes per round ... 15 sub-par rounds ... 9 rounds in the 60s ... Counted 29-of-34 rounds played ... Named SEC Men’s Freshman Golfer of the Week following his tie for 8th at the Tiger Invitational at 5-under 69-72-70--211 ... Named SEC Men's Freshman Golfer of the Week for the second time following a tie for fifth at the Gary Koch Invitational with a 4-under 69-72-71--212 ... Finished eighth at the Jerry Pate National with a 1-under 68-68-73--209 ... Tied for 21st at the NCAA West Lafayette Regional with a 72-70-81--223 ... team-best t-23rd at the NCAA Championship with a 1-over 74-69-71-75--289 ... Tied for 25th in his first collegiate tournament in the Carpet Capital Collegiate with an even par 74-70-72--216 ... Tied for 25th at the All American Intercollegiate at even-par 75-69-72--216 ... Tied for 36th at the Bandon Dunes Championship with a 72-75-74--221 ... Tied for 41st at the SEC Championship at 65-78-74--214 ... Tied for 43rd at the Golf Club of Georgia Collegiate at 75-74-72--221 ... Tied for 50th at the Amer Ari Invitational with an even-par 69-75-72--216 ... Tied for 57th at the Hootie at Bulls Bay with a 71-82-69--222.
Amateur: Ranked in the top 100 of the World Amateur Golf Rankings and was the No. 1 amateur in South Africa prior to arriving at Auburn ... Represented Team South Africa at the prestigous 2016 World Amateur Team Championship in Maya Rivera, Mexico, and was tied for 21st after the first two rounds of play ... Won the Western Province Amateur at Clovelly Country Club in Cape Town in April 2016 ... Won the Eastern Province Stroke Play Championship in April 2016 ... Runner-up at the Southern Cape Open in 2016 and the South African Amateur in 2015.
Personal: Son of Carina and Dragan Rebula ... one sister, Mia ... studying in Harbert School of Business ... nephew of Hall of Famer Ernie Els ... never has had an actual swing coach but he calls his grandfather his coach as well as his father ... home course is George Golf Club in South Africa.
Get to Know Jovan:
Q: What is your favorite thing about Auburn?
A: The eagle flying at football games
Q: If you could play a round on any course, which would you choose and why?
A: Cypress Point. I've just heard so many good things about that place.
Q: What is your dream vacation?
A: Snorkeling in Bali
Q: If you could play a round of golf with anyone living or dead, who would you choose?
A: Moe Norman, Bill Murray, My Grandfather
Q: Who is your personal role model?
A: Roger Federer
Q: What is your favorite food?
Q: What is the most memorable moment you've ever had playing golf?
A: Playing in a European Tour even, the SA Open
Q: Aside from golf, what would be your ideal profession?
A: Professional Fisherman
Q: What is your favorite animal?
Q: Why did you choose Auburn?
A: Great traditions and the awesome people in Auburn
Q: Who is your favorite professional golfer?
A: Henrik Stenson
Q: What is a movie you think everyone should watch?
A: "Saving Private Ryan"
Q: If you could go to any concert, who would you go see?
A: Kevin Hart
Q: What does the Auburn Family mean to you?
A: It definitely helps you grow in life and on the golf course
Q: What is the toughest course you've ever played?
A: Royal Porth Crawl