No. 1 Bulldogs in 3rd after 18

No. 1 Bulldogs in 3rd after 18

No. 1 Mississippi Gulf Coast is in third after the first round of the Central Alabama Invitational in Alexander City, Ala.


"We just never got it going. Our chipping and putting wasn't up to speed," Gulf Coast coach Tommy Snell said. "These greens are humongous up here. We don't play any humongous greens all year long, so our chipping wasn't the best."


The Bulldogs, who play in NJCAA Division II, shot 5-over 293 and are 12 shots behind the host team and six behind Calhoun. Central Alabama is ranked sixth in the Bushnell Golfweek NJCAA Division I Coaches Poll, and Gulf Coast is four shots ahead of Eastern Florida State, which is third in that ranking.


MGCCC is the only Division II team in the tournament.


Gulf Coast's Jon Hopkins (Fr., Hockerill Anglo-European College/Bishop's Stortford, England) and Brice Wilkinson (So., Madison Central/Madison) are tied for seventh at even-par, five back of CACC's Jake Poole. Carter Nicholson (So., Pearl River Central/Carriere) is tied for 12th at 1-over.


"We just didn't make very many putts today," Snell said. "CACC will be hard to catch tomorrow on their home track. They've got a really good team. We'll have to put a really phenomenal round together tomorrow. They'll probably shoot under par against tomorrow, so we'll have to put together a really low round."


The final round of the two-day event will be played Tuesday at the Willow Point Golf and Country Club. This is the last event of the fall semester for the MGCCC golf team.


Team Scores

Team                              Score

1. Central Alabama          281 (-7)

2. Calhoun                       287 (-1)

3. Gulf Coast                    293 (+5)

4. Eastern Florida State     297 (+9)

T5. Wallace State             308 (+20)

T5. Cape Fear                  308 (+20)

7. Coastal Alabama          310 (+22)

8. Jefferson State              321 (+33)

9. Snead State                  323 (+35)

10. Andrew                      327 (+39)

11. Northeast                   338 (+50)

MGCCC Scores

Player                             Score

T7. Jon Hopkins               72 (E)

T7. Brice Wilkinson         72 (E)

T12. Carter Nicholson      73 (+1)

T21. Miles Jackson          76 (+4)

T44. Jake Crosson            81 (+9)