PERKINSTON — Mississippi Gulf Coast golfer Jon Hopkins has signed a scholarship to continue his collegiate playing career at NCAA Division I Florida Gulf Coast University.
"It's a really nice area down there," Hopkins said. "The weather is really good, and I like the coach. He seems like a good guy. He's enthusiastic about it, like Coach Snell."
The sophomore from Bishop's Stortford, England, won three events as a freshman and has already won three this year, including winning the MGCCC Fall Invitational by five shots after a first-round 64. He won also medalist at the NJCAA Tournament Preview in Joplin, Mo., in a tough 10-school field.
"He's so talented," Gulf Coast coach Tommy Snell said. "He's got a very good wedge game, and he's powerful off the tee. Probably his biggest attribute is he know how to play golf, knows how to play out of situations if he gets in trouble. He's savvy on the golf course, day in and day out."
FGCU has a new coach this year in Andrew Danna, who was an assistant at LSU after leading Lynn University to its first NCAA Division II championship in 2018.
Hopkins was obviously already talented before he came to America to start his college career, but he'll take an important new skill to Fort Myers.
"I learned how to actually play golf and win a tournament," he said. "I've won a few events since I've been here. I've learned to win."
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