PERKINSTON — Mississippi Gulf Coast golfer Wyatt Adkison has signed to continue his golf career at Huntingdon College, a top NCAA Division III program in Montgomery, Ala.
"It's the same reason I chose here," he said. "I stepped foot on campus and it felt like home. The team is going to be the same as down here. We're going to have fun, but we're going to work hard and try to win a national championship. "
Huntingdon finished second at the Division III national championship last year, and is picked to win its conference this year.
Gulf Coast coach Tommy Snell said he's really seen Adkison, a sophomore from Hurley and East Central High School, improve during his time at Perkinston. In particular, he's honed his short game.
He surged down the stretch last season, finishing tied for sixth and tied for fifth in the final two MACJC regular-season events. Adkison was runner-up at the MACJC event at Southaven in September.
"He's worked hard and played well," Snell said. "He's always been a team player. He does whatever it takes to help the team. I'm going to miss him for that. I know Huntingdon is going to love to get him."
"We are extremely excited to have Wyatt Adkison join our program for his final two years," Huntingdon coach Dave Schreyer said. "Our program has surged to the top of our division over the last few years, and it is essential to bring in quality leadership to continue our culture. Wyatt has proven to be that type of player and leader his first two years under Coach Snell.
"Wyatt will impact our program immediately with the experience he has gained at Gulf Coast. We are excited he will be a Hawk."
Adkison will take lifelong lessons with him when he leaves Gulf Coast.
"I've learned to take pride in everything," he said. "I've learned that there are good days and bad days, but more good than bad. I've learned you can make family you never knew before."
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