No. 2 Mississippi Gulf Coast charged back from five down to win MACJC Event #4 against fourth-ranked Meridian, the hosts, in a playoff, with the Bulldogs winning on the fourth hole of sudden death.
"Beating Meridian at Meridian, especially at Northwood, is huge," said Gulf Coast coach Tommy Snell.
The Bulldogs won with a team effort at Northwood Country Club. Miles Jackson (Fr. Biloxi/Biloxi) and Colby Blake (So., Parklane/Tylertown) shot even-par 71s, and Colby Entriken shot 1-over. Jackson Wedgeworth (So., West Jones/Soso) carded the other scoring mark with a 73.
Jackson was the No. 5 golfer on the roster.
"It takes a lot of pressure off the team when your No. 5 shoots even-par," said Snell.
Wedgeworth, Entriken and Jackson tied for fourth in the individual standings at 3-over. Brice Wilkinson (Fr. Madison Central/Madison) and Carter Nicholson (Fr., Pearl River Central/Carriere) were tied for seventh two more shots back.
Copiah-Lincoln's Zachary Smith won the tournament at 1-under.
Gulf Coast and Meridian played a wild playoff. Blake made a huge 10-footer on the first hole, and Jackson got up-and-down. He hit it in to about 4 feet on the second hole, which was playing 175 yards.
It kept going until the fourth extra hole.
"They had two bogeys, which meant they were going to have a bogey on their card," Snell said. "We made four pars and won it. There was some clutch playing by all five of them. It was really a team effort. Nobody did anything crazy. We just made a bunch of pars and wore them down."
|1. MGCCC*||292-287-579 (+11)|
|2. Meridian||287-292-579 (+11)|
|3. Copiah-Lincoln||297-306-603 (+35)|
|4. East Central||306-311-617 (+49)|
|5. Itawamba||304-318-622 (+54)|
|6. Meridian B||307-318-625 (+57)|
|7. Hinds||317-319-636 (+68)|
|8. East Mississippi||341-336-677 (+109)|
|* -- Won on fourth sudden-death hole|
|T4. Jackson Wedgeworth||72-73-145 (+3)|
|T4. Colby Entriken||73-72-145 (+3)|
|T4. Miles Jackson||74-71-145 (+3)|
|T7. Brice Wilkinson||73-74-147 (+5)|
|T7. Carter Nicholson*||78-69-147 (+5)|
|T11. Colby Blake||77-71-148 (+6)|
|T14. Damien Dhossche*||77-74-151 (+9)|
|34. Graham Evans*||80-83-163 (+21)|
|* -- Played as individual|
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