Wilkinson earns All-American; Bulldogs finish 12th

Wilkinson earns All-American; Bulldogs finish 12th

Mississippi Gulf Coast's story Friday was pretty much its story throughout this week's NJCAA Division II Men's Golf Championship in Plymouth, Ind.


"When we got here, we just didn't play well," Bulldogs coach Tommy Snell said. "We left a lot of shots out on the golf course and never got out of the gate."


The team dropped two spots in the standings on the final day, finishing 12th. Matt Wilkinson (Fr, Madison Central/Madison) earned NJCAA All-American Honorable Mention for finishing at 12-over, tied for 22nd.


Parkland won the national championship by two shots over South Mountain. The Cobras shot 16-over over 72 holes on the Black Course at Swan Lake Resort.


South Mountain's Cecil Belisle won medalist with a stellar total of 6-under.


Gulf Coast won its 12 region/district title in the last 13 years to qualify for the national championship. The Bulldogs finished second in the MACCC Tournament.


"It was a season when we weren't playing our best," Gulf Coast coach Tommy Snell said. "But when we knew we had to win or finish second in the district to go to nationals, when it came time to have to play, they stepped up. They won district by seven shots.


"It wasn't our best season, but when we really needed to play well, they really focused and played well."


Team Scores

School                             Score

1. Parkland College          293-283-298-294—1168 (+16)

2. South Mountain            287-286-302-295—1170 (+18)

3. Glendale                      300-289-296-299—1184 (+32)

4. Iowa Central                288-295-301-309—1193 (+41)

5. Kirkwood                     293-294-315-305—1207 (+55)

6. Tyler                            302-300-311-302—1215 (+63)

7. Des Moines Area          304-310-300-303—1217 (+65)

8. Meridian                      309-313-302-299—1223 (+71)

9. Southeast                     297-309-313-308—1227 (+75)

10. Walters State              302-309-315-307—1233 (+81)

11. Grand Rapids             294-310-310-321—1235 (+83)

12. Gulf Coast                  303-309-310-320—1242 (+90)

13. Oakland                     320-313-309-308—1250 (+98)

14. Illinois Valley             319-308-317-309—1253 (+101)

15. Rend Lake                  315-317-325-298—1255 (+103)

16. Abraham Baldwin       310-312-331-308—1261 (+109)

17. Seminole State            311-322-322-314—1269 (+117)

18. Bryant and Stratton     324-326-335-311—1296 (+144)

19. Muskegon                  334-338-336-333—1341 (+189)

MGCCC scores

Player                             Score

T22. Matt Wilkinson        73-72-74-81—300 (+12)

T33. Reeves Johnson        72-76-75-81—304 (+16)

T53. Chase Wilkinson      73-80-80-78—311 (+23)

T90. Hayden Green          86-81-81-80—328 (+40)

Ethan Trouth                    85-xx-xx-82 (+23)

Cade Wilkinson               xx-89-81-xx (+26)


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BY Don Hammack
Sports Information Director
Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College