MGCCC Bulldogs need big comeback in final 2 rounds

MGCCC Bulldogs need big comeback in final 2 rounds

PLYMOUTH, Ind. — Mississippi Gulf Coast has its work cut out if it wants to defend its national title, trailing after two rounds by 27 shots at the NJCAA Division II Men's Golf Championship.


The Bulldogs are in fifth place after Wednesday, with Walters State leading the field at 12-over. South Mountain is in second six shots back, with Gulf Coast eight shots back of third place.


"We're going to have to play like we had some during the year, when everybody plays well and we just shoot under par," coach Tommy Snell said. "It's going to take a couple of under-par rounds to catch those teams. They're good teams."


Brice Wilkinson (So., Madison Central/Madison) shot 2-over and is three behind 36-hole leader Alex Hodge of Walters State, who is 1-under for the tournament.


Jon Hopkins (Fr., Hockerill Anglo-European College/Bishop's Stortford, England) shot 76, and Miles Jackson (So., Biloxi/Biloxi) was 5-over. Jake Crosson (Fr., New Hope/Columbus) was 6-over Wednesday.


"We're not clicking on all cylinders, but golf is a funny game," Snell said. "You can be playing terribly, and then all of the sudden something clicks. I thought when Jon eagled 15, I thought that was going to kickstart us. Brice knocked it on in two and birdied. Miles birdied it. We just have to play like we know how to play."


NJCAA Division II Men's Golf Championship

Swan Lake Golf Resort

Plymouth, Ind.

Second round

Team scores

Team                                  Score

1. Walters State                    297-291—588 (+12)

2. South Mountain               299-295—594 (+18)

3. Kirkwood                        308-299—607 (+31)

4. Black Hawk                     300-309—609 (+33)

5. Gulf Coast                       310-305—615 (+39)

6. Abraham Baldwin            312-308—620 (+44)

T7. Parkland                        311-315—626 (+50)

T7. Meridian                       317-309—626 (+50)

9. Murray State                    313-316—629 (+53)

T10. Tyler                           318-312—630 (+54)

T10. Scottsdale                    313-317—630 (+54)


MGCCC scores

Player                                 Score

T4. Brice Wilkinson            72-76—146 (+2)

T27. Jon Hopkins                78-76—154 (+10)

T36. Jake Crosson               76-78—155 (+11)

T80. Miles Jackson              86-77—163 (+19)

T92. Carter Nicholson         83-83—166 (+22)



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Don Hammack
Sports Information Director
Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College