BOONEVILLE, Miss. – The Northeast Mississippi Community College golf team has pieced together one of its busiest and most challenging schedules in program history.
The Tigers will participate in 10 tournaments, including a pair of one-day matches, prior to the postseason as part of a promising 2020-21 campaign.
“I love how things have shaped up,” said Northeast head coach Derek DeVaughn. “We’re looking forward to some of these harder courses that we’ll play. I expect us to compete and finish strong.”
Golf leads the way as the first Northeast athletic program to resume regular season competition after the worldwide coronavirus pandemic prematurely ended the spring sports campaigns during the 2019-20 academic year.
“We have been waiting for this to come,” DeVaughn said. “I know all our freshman that got their season cut short have been itching to get back on the course. I can’t tell you how excited they are to tee it up again.”
The Tigers officially mark the institution’s return to sport on Monday, September 21 at the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) District D Tournament Preview at Deerfield Golf Club.
Northeast hosts the inaugural Mississippi Association of Community Colleges Conference (MACCC) tour stop of the new year from September 28-29 in Corinth at Shiloh Ridge Athletic Club.
The Tigers last welcomed squads from across the Magnolia State to Shiloh Ridge, which encompasses 6,831 total yards and features TifEagle Bermuda grass for its putting surfaces, in April 2016 for the annual MACCC Tournament.
“I think the other teams will enjoy this course that we play on regularly,” said DeVaughn. “It’s always a big challenge and your good golfers want that challenge. I think it’ll setup good and I look forward to seeing the scores that’ll be shot there.”
The fall slate continues from October 3-4 at Hinds Community College and wraps up on Monday, October 26 with the single round MACCC Tournament Preview at Wolf Hollow Golf Club.
Northeast steps outside of league play twice, including from October 12-13 at Delta State University’s Derrall Foreman Intercollegiate. The Tigers will complete 54 holes over a period of just two days at the Cleveland Country Club.
The second such instance also happens to be Northeast’s first matchup following a nearly three-month long break over the winter at the Coastal Alabama Invitational in mid-February.
The Tigers spend a majority of the second semester in the southern half of the state beginning February 22-23 at Gulfport’s Windance Country Club. Northeast also visits courses in McComb, Meridian and Wesson during the month of March.
Postseason events include the MACCC Tournament at Copiah-Lincoln Community College from April 18-19 and the NJCAA District D Tournament from April 26-27 in the Jackson metro area at Deerfield.
The Tigers concluded the previous campaign ranked No. 15 among all NJCAA Division II members from Golfstat. Northeast has produced four NJCAA All-Americans and 12 athletes that qualified for the NJCAA National Tournament during its history on the links.
CUTLINE (PHOTO: Michael H. Miller/Northeast Public Information) – Northeast Mississippi Community College has 10 total tournaments plus postseason play as part of its 2020-21 golf schedule that begins on Monday, September 21 in Canton.