COLUMBUS – The host Lions of East Mississippi Community College placed seventh this past weekend at the final regular-season golf tournament of the MACJC's spring schedule. The two-day event concluded Sunday at Lion Hills.
EMCC and the rest of the MACJC field will now focus on this weekend's (April 9-10) MACJC State Golf Championship to be played Sunday and Monday at Wolf Hollow in Wesson.
During the MACJC's regular-season finale, the EMCC Lions carded rounds of 314 and 322 to finish four strokes behind Itawamba (316-316—632) for the tournament and six shots behind fifth-place East Central (319-311—630). Copiah-Lincoln (295-292—587) captured team honors at the EMCC-hosted tournament with a 12-stroke victory over Mississippi Gulf Coast (292-307—599). Meridian placed third with a two-day score of 600 (295-305).
Co-Lin's Joseph Dendy (66-72—138) held off Colin Troxler of Mississippi Gulf Coast (69-70—139) by one stroke to claim individual medalist honors.
Coach Benji Williams' EMCC Lions were once again led by freshman Joey Partin, who tied for 18th place with a two-round total of 154 (76-78). From Prairieville, Louisiana, Partin enters this weekend's MACJC State Championship in fifth place among the MACJC's scoring average leaders with a season stroke average of 74.58.
EMCC sophomore Kent Vaughn fired a pair of 79s to finish in 25th place, while freshman teammates Eli Hemphill (78-85—163) and Cameron Guinn (81-83—164) tied for 36th and 38th place, respectively. Conner Stevens (85-82—167) placed 42nd to round out the Lions' scorecard for the weekend. Making his EMCC playing debut, freshman Kayden Riding (97-89—186) finished 53rd competing as an individual.