No. 2 Bulldogs lead after Wilkinson scorches back 9

No. 2 Bulldogs lead after Wilkinson scorches back 9

No. 2 Mississippi Gulf Coast is halfway to its fourth MACJC victory of year after the first round at Briarwood Golf Club in Meridian, thanks in part to a stellar back nine from Brice Wilkinson.

The Bulldogs lead No. 4 Meridian by seven shots after shooting 1-over. Copiah-Lincoln is another shot back in third place.

Wilkinson (So., Madison Central/Madison) made four birdies on the last seven holes to surge into a first-place tie with Meridian's Mitchell Fifer.

Jake Crosson (Fr., New Hope/Columbus) shot even-par 72 and is in fourth place, one shot ahead of teammate Jon Hopkins (Fr., Hockerill Anglo-European College/Bishop's Stortford, England), who is tied for fifth. 

Carter Nicholson (So., Pearl River Central/Carriere) and Patrick Powers (Fr., St. Stanislaus/Gulfport) shot 4-over to tie for eighth. Cameron Mobley (Fr., Northwest Rankin/Brandon) is another shot back tied for 14th.

The Bulldogs will try to make it four-for-four in MACJC events this year Tuesday.  

Team scores

Team Score
Gulf Coast 289 (+1)
Meridian 296 (+8)
Copiah-Lincoln 297 (+9)
Itawamba 312 (+24)
Hinds 317 (+29)

MGCCC scores

Player Score
T1. Brice Wilkinson 68 (-4)
4. Jake Crosson 72 (E)
T5. Jon Hopkins 73 (+1)
T8. Carter Nicholson 76 (+3)
T8. Patrick Powers* 76 (+3)
T14. Cameron Mobley 77 (+5)
* -- Playing as individual

For more information on MGCCC's 10 intercollegiate athletic teams, follow @MGCCCBulldogs on Twitter and MGCCCBulldogs on Facebook, and go to