Rain hampers Jones Invitational
By By Jeff Byrd / staff writer
March 21, 2002
HATTIESBURG Rain got the best of the Jones County Junior College Invitational here Wednesday at the Pine Belt National Golf Course.
Only 25 junior college golfers out of a field of 65 were able to complete their rounds on the Pine Belt course located here near the Pine-Belt Regional Airport.
Most of the completed rounds came in the five-team Division III. It was decided to limit the division to the front nine scores only. The eight-team Division I portion of the tournament, where only 10 golfers completed their rounds, was canceled.
That was bad news for Itawamba's Scott Patterson who had the round of the day with a two-under-par 70. It was the best score turned in by six strokes. The next best belonged to Holmes' Blake Walker who had a 76.
None of Meridian Community College's five golfers completed their rounds.
Copiah Lincoln was declared the team champion in Division III. The Wolves shot a 161. Jonathan Halley led the way with a 37. Joey Young had a 42 and Chris Nations had a 41.
Northwest was two strokes back at 164. Dustin Howell had a 37 and when his card showed he did better on the final holes, he was awarded the medalist over Halley and Jones' Phillip Temple who also had a 37.
The Bobcats were third with a 168. Behind Temple's 37 was Adam Napier and Nolan Green with 43s. J. Bynum had a 45.
East Central was fourth with a 174. Kurt Comans shot a 42, just missing the All-Tournament team by a stroke. He was followed by Jeremy Stevens and David Burt who both had 43s. Zach Thames had a 44.
Burt, who actually completed his full round with an 87, pretty much summed up the day for the Warriors when asked about his round.
Southwest brought up the rear with a 192. Will Kimmel had a 38. Brian Hemphill shot a 50 while David and Chris Blackwell each shot a 52.