No. 3 Gulf Coast finishes third at The Preserve

No. 3 Gulf Coast finishes third at The Preserve

No. 3 Mississippi Gulf Coast broke a three-way tie for third Tuesday on the final day of the Central Alabama Invitational, but that's where the Bulldogs finished.

Central Alabama finished 26-over for the two-day event at The Preserve Golf Club in Vancleave, 12 shots ahead of Eastern Florida and 20 ahead of Gulf Coast. The Bulldogs were tied with Coastal Alabama and Snead State after the first round and beat them by one and 10 shots respectively.

Jon Hopkins (So., Hockerill Anglo-European College/Bishop's Stortford, England) led the Bulldogs and finished 7-over. He moved up three spots on the final day and tied for seventh. Hayden Green (So., D'Iberville/Biloxi) also picked up three spots to finish tied for 18th.

Gulf Coast's big mover Tuesday was Jake Crosson (So., New Hope/Columbus), who shot 3-over to jump 16 places and finish tied for 21st.

Central Alabama's Keith Watkins won a playoff over Eastern Florida's Tom Matthews to claim medalist honors at 4-over.

Central Alabama is ranked second in the latest Golfweek NJCAA Division I Coaches Poll. The Trojans shot 10-over and are a shot ahead of No. 7 Eastern Florida State. The Bulldogs are tied with Snead State and Coastal Alabama at 21-over.

Central Alabama is ranked second in the latest Golfweek NJCAA Division I Coaches Poll.  Eastern Florida State is seventh. The Bulldogs were the only NJCAA Division II team in the field.

Team scores

Team Score
1. Central Alabama 294-300—594 (+26)
2. Eastern Florida State 295-311—606 (+38)
3. Miss. Gulf Coast 305-309—614 (+46)
4. Coastal Alabama 305-310—615 (+47)
5. Calhoun 307-313—620 (+52)
6. Snead State 305-319—624 (+56)
7. Wallace State 318-311—629 (+61)
8. Jefferson State 316-333—649 (+81)
9. Andrew 356-374—730 (+162

MGCCC scores

Player Score
T7. Jon Hopkins 74-75—149 (+7)
T18. Hayden Green 76-78—154 (+12)
T21. Jake Crosson 81-74—155 (+13)
T23. Nathan Woolard 74-82—156 (+14)
T45. Hamp Fairey 83-87—170 (+28)

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