PERKINSTON — Mississippi Gulf Coast's Jackson Wedgeworth will continue his collegiate golf career at North Alabama after signing a letter of intent with the NCAA school.
"I made the decisions based on the courses they play, and their coach is in his first year there," Wedgeworth said. "It's really trending in the right direction. They're moving in Division I next year, so that will be a really good experience for me."
Wedgeworth, a sophomore from Soso and West Jones High School, won the first MACJC event of the season and finished second in the next one. He has top 10 finishes in four of his five tournaments this season, and had seven top 10 finishes as a freshman.
Cullen Carstens is the Lions' coach, and they will be moving up from Division II next year.
"I think he'll go up there and make an immediate impact on the team," Gulf Coast coach Tommy Snell said. "When Carstens called me, he said I want somebody who can come up here and make an impact on the team. Jackson's just one of those guys who gets better every week. He's a good leader and does all the right things. That's what it takes to play at that level."
He finished tied for third at the NJCAA Championship in May, helping Gulf Coast finish second. It is the highest ever finish by a Bulldogs team, and this year's team has been ranked first or second the entire fall.
"I've learned how to score here," he said. "I've learned how to be more of a people person here with Coach Snell. He helps everybody on the team become more of man and a better golfer at the same time."
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