EMCC Lions finish in middle of the pack during MACJC fall golf opener at Wolf Hollow

EMCC Lions finish in middle of the pack during MACJC fall golf opener at Wolf Hollow

WESSON – The Lions of East Mississippi Community College placed fifth with a two-day score of 613 in the season's first MACJC fall golf tournament held this past weekend at Wolf Hollow.    

Following a 308 during Saturday's opening round, Coach Benji Williams' EMCC Lions carded a final-round 305 to finish seven strokes behind fourth-place Northwest Mississippi (308-298—606).  Perennial state powerhouse Mississippi Gulf Coast (274-295—569) claimed a 10-stroke team victory over host Copiah-Lincoln (292-287—579).  Meridian Community College placed third with a composite score of 589 (293-296).

Gulf Coast's Logan Leary (66-74—140) made his opening-round, 6-under-par 66 hold up by edging teammates Jackson Wedgeworth (70-71—141) and Colin Troxler (68-74—142) to garner individual medalist honors.  

Individually, EMCC was led by freshman Joey Partin, of Prairieville, La., who fired a pair of 2-over-par 74s to finish in a six-way tie for 13th place.  Sophomore Kent Vaughn, out of Choctaw County High School, improved four strokes from Saturday to Sunday to tie for 24th place at 152 (78-74).

Lion freshmen Conner Stevens (Cullman, AL) and Eli Hemphill (Caledonia) placed 31st (76-80—156) and 35th (80-78—158), respectively, in their conference debut.  Michael McGill, out of St. Patrick Catholic High School, shot 80 both days to finish in a 38th-place tie, while fellow sophomore Trae Reeves, of Vancleave, improved 11 strokes during the weekend to tie for 46th place at 165 (88-77).

Freshman Cameron Guinn, a Stone High School product, rounded out EMCC's scorecard with a 15-stroke improvement from Saturday by shooting a final-round 77 on Sunday to finish 51st.   

The EMCC Lions will participate in the MACJC's second fall golf tournament next Sunday and Monday (Sept. 25-26) at North Creek in Southaven.  The two-day tournament will be hosted by Northwest Mississippi Community College.