PERKINSTON — Mississippi Gulf Coast will put its streak of seven straight MACJC tournament victories on the line, then head north for an important tune-up. The No. 2 Bulldogs will do so without their head coach, as Tommy Snell is inducted into the MGCCC Athletics Hall of Fame.
The No. 2 Bulldogs play in the Itawamba Fall Invitational on Friday and Saturday. They will play 36 holes at River Birch Golf Club in Amory.
Gulf Coast plays in the NJCAA Tournament Preview in Joplin, Mo., on Monday and Tuesday, its first look at the Twin Hills Country Club course where the 2020 national championship will be played.
While Snell attends the Hall of Fame Banquet on Friday and is introduced before the football game Saturday, assistant coach Brad Thornton will be in charge of the team at both events.
"He's taken the team before, but this will be his biggest event," Snell said. "He'll do all the preliminary scouting on the golf course, figure out what we need to work on. I've never seen it, so he's going to be my eyes, and he'll do a great job."
Their team is playing well right now. Jon Hopkins (So., Hockerill Anglo-European College/Bishop's Stortford, England), Jake Crosson (So., New Hope/Columbus), Cameron Mobley (So., Northwest Rankin/Brandon), Nathan Woolard (So., Poplar Bluff/Poplar Bluff, Mo.) and Patrick Powers (So., St. Stanislaus/Gulfport) will make up the five-man team.
"We're playing well," Snell said. "Jon and Jake are battling for No. 1 spot, which is good for us. They're going through their recruiting right now. They're really trying to make a statement."
Powers, Woolard and Mobley are also visiting schools, and Snell said Hamp Fairey (So., Oak Grove/Hattiesburg) and Hayden Green (So., D'Iberville/Biloxi), who are making the trip to play to Amory as individuals, are playing better, too.
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