Hopkins wins Fall Invitational, MGCCC second

Hopkins wins Fall Invitational, MGCCC second

GULFPORT — No. 1 Mississippi Gulf Coast was edged by one shot by John A. Logan College Tuesday in the final round of the MGCCC Fall Invitational at Windance, but the Bulldogs' Jon Hopkins won medalist honors with a playoff birdie.


The two teams trailed Rend Lake by a shot after the opening round, and Logan shot 12-over 300 in the final round to beat the Bulldogs by one shot.


"It hurts to lose by a shot, but this is a humbling game," Gulf Coast coach Tommy Snell said. "Sometimes it just doesn't go your way."


The Bulldogs did win its third straight MACJC event, which was held as a tournament-inside-a-tournament. Meridian lost by a stroke on that scoreboard, with MGCCC's B team finished fourth.


"The best part about it is the B team finished fourth behind three really good teams," Snell said. "That bodes well for next year. I take a lot of promising things out of it."


Hopkins (Fr., Hockerill Anglo-European College/Bishops Stortford, England)  and Meridian's Mitchell Fifer tied at 2-under 142 atop the individual standings. They each made par on No. 10 to open the playoff, but Hopkins hit driver on No. 11 and had 94 yards left to the pin and Fifer's 2-iron left him with a sidehill lie on a mound on the right side of the fairway.


Hopkins hit his 56-degree wedge to 8 feet and buried his putt for the win.


"There was pressure for me to hole it because I didn't want to go on any further," he said. "I knew if I missed, I wasn't going to miss by much. It was always going to be a two-putt."


Brice Wilkinson (So., Madison Central/Madison) finished 1-over to earn All-Tournament Team honors along with Hopkins. Carter Nicholson (So., Pearl River Central/Carriere) tied for seventh at 3-over.


Gulf Coast plays its last tournament of the fall on Nov. 5-6 when it travels to play in the Central Alabama Community College Invitational in Alexander City, Ala.


Complete results: http://results.golfstat.com/public/leaderboards/gsnav.cfm?pg=team&tid=16298


Team scores

Team                                                 Score

1. John A. Logan                                 292-300—592 (+16)

2. Gulf Coast                                       292-301—593 (+17)

3. Meridian                                         299-295—594 (+18)

4. Gulf Coast (B)                                 301-303—604 (+28)

5. Rend Lake                                       291-319—610 (+34)

6. Itawamba                                        314-299—613 (+37)

7. Copiah-Lincoln                               316-299—615 (+39)

8. Coastal Alabama                              312-304—616 (+40)

9. North Central Missouri                    314-309—623 (+47)

10. Mississippi University for Women 313-312—625 (+49)

11. Georgia Military                            315-317—632 (+56)

T12. Hinds                                          321-323—644 (+68)

T12. Andrew                                       321-323—644 (+68)

MGCCC scores

Player                         Score

1. Jon Hopkins             70-72—142 (-2)

4. Brice Wilkinson       71-74—145 (+1)

T6. Carter Nicholson    72-75—147 (+3)

T10. Miles Jackson       74-74—148 (+4)

T25. Cameron Mobley 75-78—153 (+9)

T25. Jack Crosson        77-76—153 (+9)

T29. Patrick Powers     80-74—154 (+10)

T32. Hayden Green      77-78—155 (+11)

T38. Hamp Fairey        82-75—157 (+13)

T43. Nathan Woolard   77-81—158 (+14)

T53. Graham Evans      78-84—162 (+18)

58. Oliver Harris           85-79—164 (+20)


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Don Hammack

Sports Information Director

Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College