Hopkins wins medalist in Missouri

Hopkins wins medalist in Missouri

No. 2 Mississippi Gulf Coast couldn't catch No. 3 Kirkwood on the final day of the NJCAA Tournament Preview in Joplin, Mo., but the Bulldogs' Jon Hopkins won a playoff to claim medalist honors.

Hopkins (So., Hockerill Anglo-European College/Bishop's Stortford, England)  tied with Kirkwood's Ben Epperly at 1-under after 54 holes, then won with a par on the third playoff hole. He sandwiched two 72s around a 71 in a consistent performance on the 6,842-yard Twin Hills Golf and Country Club.

The course will host the national championship in May.

Jake Crosson (So., New Hope/Columbus) stumbled Tuesday, shooting 9-over to finish tied for 14th. Cameron Mobley (So., Northwest Rankin/Brandon) and Patrick Powers (So., St. Stanislaus/Gulfport) shot 79s.

Gulf Coast's next tournament will be Oct. 21-22 when it hosts the MGCCC Fall Invitational at Windance Country Club in Gulfport. That will be the third and final MACJC event of the fall.

Team scores

Team Score
1. Kirkwood 297-296-300—893 (+29)
2. Miss. Gulf Coast 307-299-311—917 (+53)
3. Mesa 309-308-310—927 (+63)
4. Des Moines Area 308-310-314—932 (+68)
5. North Central Missouri 317-313-317—947 (+83)
6. Iowa Lakes 308-328-313—949 (+85)
7. Southeast 336-309-336—981 (+117)
8. Hesston 332-328-340—1000 (+136)
9. Hawkeye 342-343-326—1011 (+147)
10. Mineral Area 344-350-354—1048 (+184)

MGCCC scores

Player Score
1. Jon Hopkins 72-71-72—215 (-1)
T14. Jake Crosson 78-74-81—233 (+17)
T16. Cameron Mobley 79-76-79—234 (+18)
T25. Patrick Powers 84-76-79—241 (+25)
33. Nathan Woolard 78-89-81—248 (+32)

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