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JCJC's Dykes qualifies for Region 23 Tournament
 April 16, 2013

By Shawn Wansley, JCJC Sports Information Director

LAUREL – Branning Dykes qualified for the Region 23 Golf Tournament here Monday at Dixie Golf Club.

The Jones County Junior College golfer shot a 78 on Monday to go with an opening round 74 to post a 152, which tied him for 14th place in the MACJC State Tournament. But he finished third individually out of teams that did not qualify for the regional, which put him in the regional. Dykes is a sophomore from Richton.

Bobcat Zach Toney, a freshman from Mize, had a chance to qualify for the regional, but lost in a three-man playoff. Hinds’ Caleb Terry parred No. 10 in the playoff, while Toney missed a four-footer and bogeyed the hole. Northeast’s Blake Farris was also in the playoff, but picked up his ball after two shots.

Co-Lin’s Corbin May won medalist honors by defeating Chad Cupples of Northwest on the fifth hole of a playoff. May sank a 12-foot birdie putt on No. 10, while Cupples parred the hole.

Co-Lin won the tournament. The Wolves posted a 296-292 – 588 to edge East Mississippi, who fired a 294-298 – 592. Northwest was third with a 299-295 – 594, while three-time defending state champion Mississippi Gulf Coast was fourth with a 298-301 – 599.

JCJC finished seventh in the tournament. The Bobcats shot a 315-309 – 624.

The top four teams in the state tournament – Co-Lin, East Mississippi, Northwest and MGCCC – qualify for the Region 23 event, along with region host East Central. The Region 23 Tournament will be April 22-23 at Dancing Rabbit (Azalea Course) in Philadelphia. The regional winner advances to the NJCAA nationals May 21-24 at Goose Pond Colony in Scottsboro, Ala.

Also for the Bobcats, Toney had a 78-76 – 154, Cory Brown (Petal freshman) posted 81-78 – 159, Jon-Michael White (Laurel freshman) had 82-77 – 159 and Sawyer Taylor (West Jones freshman) shot 82-78 – 160.

May was also awarded the Hubert Tucker Award for having the lowest scoring average in the state this year.

Being named to first-team All-MACJC were May, Co-Lin’s Alex Clark, MGCCC’s Brad Thornton, Hayes Weathersby and Jake Pritchard and East Mississippi’s Caleb Westmoreland.

Making second-team All-MACJC were Cupples, Sam Cooper and Jack Byrd of Northwest, along with Nick Davis and Miles Respess of EMCC. In addition to Dykes and Terry, others who qualified for the regional as individuals were Jake Scott and Scott Milam of Itawamba and Hunter Kabbes of Hinds.

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