PERKINSTON — Jon Hopkins turned in a mind-boggling scorecard at the end of the first round of the MGCCC Fall Invitational on Monday at Windance Country Club.
The sophomore from Bishop Stortford, England, fired an 8-under 64 in spectacular fashion. He only matched listed par twice all day.
"I only had two pars, one on No. 8 and one on No. 18," Hopkins said. "I've had rounds like that before, but never one that low."
He has a four-shot lead over Central Alabama's Jack Goldasich, but the Bulldogs trail CACC by four shots in the team standings. Gulf Coast shot 2-under 282, and those squads are the only two under par after 18 holes.
No. 3 MGCCC leads the MACJC portion of the tournament by 10 shots over Copiah-Lincoln. Meridian is tied for sixth overall at 13-over.
The teams return Tuesday for the final round.
"We played great," Gulf Coast coach Tommy Snell said. "We were just beaten by a team that played a little better today. We're in second place, and I like where we are."
"Jake (Crosson) and Cameron (Mobley) didn't have their best games today, but how about Hayden coming through for me at 1-over and Patrick was 2- or 3-over and fought back to even?" Snell said. "I'm really excited about how those two guys played."
But the story of the day was Hopkins. He bogeyed the first and 10th holes but immediately launched into red numbers on both sides.
"Wow, 29 on the front nine with a bogey, that's pretty stellar golf," Snell said. "What's really impressive was his string of birdies. He birdied six in a row on the front and four on the back. With his talent, he can really go low."
Hopkins was 9-under through 14 with a shot at the course record but finished bogey-birdie-bogey-par to still post a great card.
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