PERKINSTON — Mississippi Gulf Coast's golf team resumes its schedule Saturday and Sunday with play in the Coastal Alabama Invitational at Rock Creek Golf Club in Mobile.
The Bulldogs do so wearing the No. 2 ranking bull's eye on their backs. The Bushnell Golfweek NJCAA Division II Coaches Poll and Golfstat have them at that spot.
"I don't think it's a daunting ranking for the guys," Gulf Coast coach Tommy Snell says. "My guys are confident. They think they should be there, which is a good thing. That's hard to teach. I would hope they all have the confidence they should be there because they've worked hard."
There will be 12 teams competing, including Coastal Alabama and several other NJCAA Division I teams. Local NAIA schools Spring Hill and Mobile will also be playing.
Gulf Coast finished second in the tournament two years ago. The Bulldogs have squeezed as much golf as they could in recent weeks.
"The team's really shaping up," Snell said. "Every player has shown signs of really playing well. We've played a lot of golf when the weather has permitted. All of them, even the ones that won't make this trip, have shown signs of improvement. Everybody's had good rounds. They're starting to feed off of that."
Jackson Wedgeworth (So., West Jones/Soso), Brice Wilkinson (Fr. Madison Central/Madison), Colby Blake (So., Parklane/Tylertown), Colby Entriken and Carter Nicholson (Fr., Pearl River Central/Carriere) will be on the squad competing. Miles Jackson (Fr. Biloxi/Biloxi) will be playing as an individual.
Gulf Coast's depth has been key in spurring the team to better performances. The Bulldogs rigorous qualifying doesn't allow for days off.
"I think that's what makes our team," Snell said. "The competition is so good. I think that's what makes our team, the competition within our team. That's what they're going to through right now."
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