No. 2 Mississippi Gulf Coast is five shots off the lead after the first round of the Coastal Alabama Invitational in Fairhope, Ala.
Jake Crosson (Fr., New Hope/Columbus) is in third place after firing a 2-under 70, leading the Bulldogs to a 9-over 297. They are behind Wallace State, which shot 4-over, and tied with Calhoun.
Gulf Coast, playing in its first event of the spring, is three shots ahead of Eastern Florida State, which is ranked third in the Bushnell Golfweek NJCAA Division I Coaches Poll. The Bulldogs are second in the Division II version of the poll.
Central Alabama, which is ranked eighth in Division I, is in fifth.
Brice Wilkinson (So., Madison Central/Madison) shot 2-over and is tied for ninth. Carter Nicholson (So., Pearl River Central/Carriere) is tied for 13th, Jon Hopkins (Fr., Hockerill Anglo-European College/Bishop's Stortford, England) is tied for 15th and Cameron Mobley (Fr., Northwest Rankin/Brandon) is tied for 21st.
The final round will be played Sunday at Rock Creek Golf Club.
|1. Wallace State||292 (+4)|
|T2. Gulf Coast||297 (+9)|
|T2. Calhoun||297 (+9)|
|4. Eastern Florida State||300 (+12)|
|5. Central Alabama||307 (+19)|
|6. Coastal Alabama||311 (+23)|
|7. Spring Hill||319 (+31)|
|T8. Jefferson State||334 (+46)|
|T8. Andrew||334 (+46)|
|10. Snead State||341 (+53)|
|3. Jake Crosson||70 (-2)|
|T9. Brice Wilkinson||74 (+2)|
|T13. Carter Nicholson||76 (+4)|
|T15. Jon Hopkins||77 (+5)|
|T21. Cameron Mobley||79 (+7)|
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