WESSON, Miss. – Unlike other spring sports, golf is a two-semester competition that begins in September. Despite this, the cancelation of the season due to the novel coronavirus is still devastating as the Co-Lin golf team was heading into the final two conference matches before the state and national tournaments.
“I’m definitely disappointed about the golf season being canceled, but I’m just glad that we are all healthy at this point,” said Co-Lin golf coach Craig Hennington. “I hate that all the practice and work every team in the country had put in just to have it taken away, and we had started building to make a run to nationals.”
The Wolves had strong showings at all events this season finishing third in the first three MACJC events, but the team really showed their skills at the Mississippi College Spring Invitational as the lone community college representative. Co-Lin finished in sixth place in a field of 11 colleges and universities.
“Our guys played really well at the Mississippi College tournament and we were really getting our season started,” said Hennington. “We had moved up to No. 10 in the nation and had all the momentum going into these final months.”
The Wolves had a roster full of sophomore talent that included Adam Files of Pearl, Garrett Herring of Laurel, Bryson Jones of Madison, Jacob Lammey of Southaven, and Logan Pitts of Laurel. Nick Davis was the lone freshman on the team in 2019-2020.
“Adam Files and Garrett Herring have signed to continue their golf careers at William Carey and the other golfers plan to move on to the next level also,” said Hennington. “Co-Lin has never had all the sophomores sign with 4-year schools and I was looking forward to seeing this. Of course, that’s on hold now also, but it shows just how strong of program Co-Lin has.”
Co-Lin has proved to have a stellar golf program that contents year in and year out at both the state and national levels, and the 2019-2020 season looked to be no different, despite the sudden end.
“Next season, we will have a lot of talent to replace from the loss of our graduating sophomores, but that means the incoming freshman will get a lot of experience quickly,” said Hennington.