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Gulf Coast golf starts year-end grind this weekend

MGCCC 
 The Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College golf team moved up to No. 2 in the latest Golfstat rankings.
MGCCC The Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College golf team moved up to No. 2 in the latest Golfstat rankings.

The Mississippi Gulf Coast golf team gets back in tournament action Saturday, starting off a hectic month that ends with the NJCAA Region 23 Championship.

The Bulldogs play four events, starting with the sixth MACJC event at Lion Hills Golf Course in Columbus. This school year's tournaments have been stretched over both semesters, a change from the past.

Last year, for instance, there were five conference events in the spring before the state and region championships.

"I like this better for a number of reasons," Snell said. "It gives me more flexibility in January, February and March. I really would have like to have had one of these events earlier, but it's OK."

Gulf Coast is No. 2 in the latest Golfstat computer rankings, and the Bulldogs are third in the Bushnell GolfWeek NJCAA Division II Coaches Poll.

Snell said the Bulldogs are rounding back into tournament shape, with Phillip Hickam in making major improvements after a bit of a slump. Grant Motter continues to play strong golf.

Those two golfers tied for second at the NJCAA Division II Championship last year. Freshman Colin Troxler, who has finished third at three tournaments this year, helps make a formidable trio.

Snell said his No. 4 through 8 golfers are also shooting better, which provides invaluable competition for the final two spots on the tournament teams.

There's one advantage to the cluster of tournaments at the end of the season.

"It's a grind from here on," Snell said. "The good news is the way I attack golf is to play a lot of golf.

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