Mississippi Gulf Coast has won its first two golf tournaments of the fall, but the Bulldogs fell from the top spot in the most recent Bushnell Golfweek NJCAA Division II Coaches Poll last week.
"I'm not really disappointed," Gulf Coast coach Tommy Snell said. "That's typical. We'll bounce back and forth. I know we have a good team because we went to (the Wallace State Fall Invitational) and won.
"South Mountain must have won a big event out west for people to vote them in. They deserve it. They're always a good team. I'm not disappointed at all. It just makes us work harder."
The No. 2 Bulldogs will tee off in the second MACJC event of the fall Monday at Ackia Golf Club in Amory on Monday. The two-day, 36-hole event will be an opportunity for Gulf Coast to stay perfect.
The five-man team this week includes Brice Wilkinson (So., Madison Central/Madison), Carter Nicholson (So., Pearl River Central/Carriere), Jon Hopkins (Fr., Hockerill Anglo-European College/Bishops Stortford, England), Nathan Woolard (Fr., Poplar Bluff/Poplar Bluff, Mo.) and Jake Crosson (Fr., New Hope/Columbus). Graham Evans (So., Presbyterian Christian/Wiggins) and Patrick Powers (Fr., St. Stanislaus/Gulfport) are playing as individuals.
The first MACJC tournament of the year was a tight one. All five teams were separated by four shots after 18 holes, and Gulf Coast needed a second-round rally to edge Meridian by a stroke.
"The golf course is in good shape," Snell said. "The greens are good. I remember it from years past as a good layout. I made them walk (Sunday) to get a feel for the golf course because district's there in April. They all seemed to like the course, which is important for these young kids."
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