The East Mississippi Community College men's golf team sits four shots off the lead in fourth place heading into Sunday's final round of this weekend's NJCAA Region 23 Championship being played at Wolf Hollow.
With only four shots separating the top four teams following Saturday's first round, head coach Dale Peay's EMCC Lions fired an opening-round 315 to stand two strokes behind third-place Northwest Mississippi (313), three shots behind Jones County (312) and just four strokes off Mississippi Gulf Coast's tournament-leading 311. Copiah-Lincoln follows in fifth place with a 321.
Coming off his runner-up individual finish at last week's MACJC State Golf Championship at Pine Burr, EMCC freshman Chase Chitwood, of Jessieville, Ark., is tied with Itawamba's Wilson Reeder for third place with rounds of 76. Hinds' Jordan Cole (73) owns a two-shot lead over Patrick Dickson (75) of Jones County atop the individual leaderboard.
EMCC freshmen Steven Eilders, of Ridgeland, and Hunter Harmon, from Calhoun Academy, are both tied with Co-Lin's Connor Barnes for 14th place with identical 79s. Fellow Lion rookies W.D. Newlin, out of Bruce High School, and Trent Humber, a Caledonia product, rounded out East Mississippi's opening-round scorecard tied at 22nd and 25th place with scores of 81 and 82, respectively.