State to fin­ish reg­u­lar sea­son at Old Waverly event

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WEST POINT – Hop­ing to stay hot, the Mis­sis­sippi State men’s golf team will be­gin its fi­nal reg­u­lar sea­son event at home today as it hosts the Old Waverly Col­le­giate Cham­pi­onship.

The two-day com­pe­ti­tion starts with two rounds today at the Par 72, 7,000-yard Old Waverly Golf Club, fol­lowed by a fi­nal round on Tues­day.

State will look to build off of three-straight top five fin­ishes, in­clud­ing a sea­son-best se­cond place at the Bighorn In­vi­ta­tional two weeks be­fore.

“This is a spe­cial week for our pro­gram,” MSU men’s golf coach Dusty Smith said. “Old Waverly Golf Club is a huge part of our pro­gram and we are so grate­ful to be able to host a great event on our home course. We are look­ing for­ward to com­pet­ing in front of our home crowd this week.”

Sopho­more Peng Pichaikool, se­nior Tay­lor Grant and sopho­more Gar­rett John­son have played in all of MSU’s events in 2017-18 and are in Smith’s lineup for the 10th time this sea­son. Se­nior Tay­lor Bibbs and fresh­man Cameron Clarke fill out the lineup, the same one that cruised to the third-best 54-hole fin­ish in pro­gram history at the Bighorn In­vi­ta­tional in March.

All five of State’s golfers fin­ished in the top 25 at the Bighorn In­vite.

Grant has three-straight top 10 fin­ishes and three-straight tour­na­ments with an ea­gle go­ing into the Old Waverly Col­le­giate Cham­pi­onship. He shot a ca­reer-best 65 in his last round at the Bighorn In­vite.

Six more of the Bull­dogs will get a chance to hit the links at Old Waverly as ju­niors Ross Bell and Austin Rose, se­nior Ja­cob Ross, red­shirt fresh­man Grif­fin Agent and fresh­men Hunter Ham­mett and Austin Ful­ton will all play as in­di­vid­u­als.

Se­niors Tay­lor Grant, Tay­lor Bibbs and Ja­cob Ross will all be play­ing their fi­nal reg­u­lar sea­son tour­na­ments at MSU.

The Bull­dogs will host 14 op­pos­ing teams at Old Waverly. The field in­cludes Chat­tanooga, Coastal Carolina, Lip­scomb, Lit­tle Rock, Louisiana, Louisiana Mon­roe, LSU, Louisiana Tech, McNeese, Mem­phis, Ole Miss, South­ern Miss, South Alabama and South Florida.

Today’s open­ing round be­gins with an 8:30 a.m. shot­gun start, tee­ing off a day of 36-hole con­tin­u­ous play. State will tee off from the first five holes.

Ad­mis­sion to the Old Waverly Col­le­giate Cham­pi­onship is free for all guests.

Live scor­ing will be avail­able all tour­na­ment long via Golf­s­tat.

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