PERKINSTON — Mississippi Gulf Coast’s Jon Hopkins won the Hubert Tucker Award and led three other Bulldogs who earned All-MACJC honors for the 2019-20 golf season.
Hopkins and Jake Crosson (So., New Hope/Columbus) earned spots on the First Team, with Cameron Mobley (So., Northwest Rankin/Brandon) and Patrick Powers (So., St. Stanislaus/Gulfport) on the Second Team.
“That shows you how competitive every team qualifier was,” said Gulf Coast coach Tommy Snell.
Hopkins, a sophomore from Bishop's Stortford, England had the low scoring average in the conference at 70.17 strokes per 18 holes, two shots better than the nearest competitor. He won two of three MACJC events in the fall, finishing third in the other.
“It just goes to show you how good he is,” Snell said. “Every tournament he played in, he had a chance to win. That’s why it’s so devastating (the season ended), because he had to be the favorite going into the national championship. He won the preview there.”
Snell said Hopkins’ all-around game earned him the honor, and it’s earned him a full NCAA Division I scholarship at Florida Gulf Coast.
Gulf Coast has won five of the last seven Hubert Tucker Awards.
Crosson finished second in scoring average, nearly a shot better than the next golfer. He finished second in two MACJC tourneys.
Mobley was in the top six of two conference events, and Powers had a pair of top-10 finishes. They led the six golfers on the second team.
Gulf Coast, which finished third in the Bushnell Golfweek NJCAA Division II Coaches Poll rankings, had four of the top 11 golfers in the state.