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.