No. 2 Mississippi Gulf Coast tees off its spring golf season this weekend at the Coastal Alabama Invitational.
The team's qualifying ended with four golfers within a stroke of each other for the fourth and fifth spots to make the trip. Brice Wilkinson (So., Madison Central/Madison), Jon Hopkins (Fr., Hockerill Anglo-European College/Bishop's Stortford, England), Cameron Mobley (Fr., Northwest Rankin/Brandon), Carter Nicholson (So., Pearl River Central/Carriere) and Jake Crosson (Fr., New Hope/Columbus) made the cut.
"We're playing very well right now," Bulldogs coach Tommy Snell said. "Brice especially is playing well. He fired a couple of 66s recently, but everybody is playing well. It was a tight qualifier, which is good for me."
The Bulldogs slipped a spot in the Bushnell Golfweek NJCAA Division II Coaches Poll released Friday. South Mountain jumped back over them to No. 1, the latest see-saw between the schools this year. Gulf Coast got one of eight first-place votes, with South Mountain garnering the rest.
Tyler is ranked third, and Meridian is the only other MACJC school in the poll at No. 4. The two-day, 36-hole tournament will be played at Rock Creek Golf Club in Fairhope.
"It's a really good golf course," he said. "It demands accuracy off the tee, and it requires some good course management. It has some holes that can be taken, but it also has some holes you have to back off and play smart.
Snell compared the course to Diamondhead, The Oaks and Windance here in South Mississippi. His team played six of 11 qualifying rounds at those courses.
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