PERKINSTON — No. 2 Mississippi Gulf Coast will be the only two-year school playing in the Carey Collegiate Classic, which starts Monday at Canebrake Golf Club in Hattiesburg.
There are 11 other schools playing in the event, including from NCAA Division II, Division III and the NAIA. Teams from as far away as Indiana are participating.
The Bulldogs stayed second in the Bushnell Golfweek NJCAA Division II Coaches Poll released this week. No. 1 South Mountain consolidated its hold on the top spot by getting all eight first-place votes.
Gulf Coast will have the advantage of having played practice rounds at Canebrake this season, in addition the weekend's warmups.
"It's a Jerry Pate design," coach Tommy Snell said. "It's a good golf course. It's not really demanding off the tee, but the greens can be demanding if they're really fast. Placement on the green with the approach shots is important.
"My guys have been up there, and they've played it well in a couple of practice rounds during the year. It should be good for us, and we're playing well right now."
The Bulldogs have won four of six events this year, including last month's Coastal Alabama Invitational in Fairhope. They're looking for their first win at the CCC, having finished fourth the last two years and second in 2016.
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