Southern Miss Takes Gulf Coast Classic

The Southern Miss men’s golf team won its opening tournament of the spring season, pulling off a 296 in the final round of its Mississippi Gulf Coast Classic at Windance Country Club. The Golden Eagles trailed Lamar by two strokes after the first day but pulled off the victory with 301-292-296 – 880, three strokes better than second-place East Carolina, 302-296-293 – 891. The Pirates’ Jason Harris took home medalist honors, finishing 70-72-72 – 214. USM’s Tim Yelverton and Jake Pasch each shot 72 on the final day to share three-round scores of 217, as well as second place among the individuals. Freshman Shane Rushing helped the Golden Eagles’ victory, shooting 74-74-76 – 224 and tied for 15th. Michael Soroka and Justin Emil each shot 76 on the final day and shared a final score of 232 and the placement of 43rd. Chris Speight, who competed as an individual, shot 73-77-77 – 227 to tie 23rd. Other individual Eagle golfers include Matt Wofford tied 38th with 78-79-74 – 231, and Andy Jacobson who carded 80-74-86 – 240 and tied 68th. Southern Miss competes at the Ron Smith Invitational at Tampa, Fla., on Feb. 21-24.