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Co-Lin golfers finish 7th; Carlton earns A-A honor

CHAUTAUGUA, N.Y. – Paxton Lee shot an 8-over-par 80 Friday tolead Copiah-Lincoln Community College’s golf team through the finalround of the NJCAA Division III National Tournament at theChautaugua Golf Club. The Wolves finished seventh in team scoringwith a 4-day total of 1268.

Rock Valley (Ill.) won the national team title with a 1219score, followed by Eastfield of Mesquite, Texas, at 1227 andCentral Lakes at 1232.

Co-Lin’s John Carlton shot 82 in the final round and he led theteam with a 4-round total of 307. Carlton, a sophomore fromNatchez, tied for 15th place in individual scoring and was namedhonorable mention All-American.

Co-Lin freshman Matt Mooney of Brookhaven followed with an 86and a 317, while sophomore Wesley Rogers of Natchez shot 81-320.Lee, a sophomore from LaPlace, La., finished at 322.

“Our team played really well until the last day,” said Co-Lingolf coach Chuck Holloway. “I think they ran out gas and got alittle tired.”

Holloway said the team walked 18 holes for six consecutive days.”They practiced Sunday and Monday. They weren’t used to walkingthat much.”

Co-Lin only carried four players to the national tournament. Itwas a disadvantage because the highest of five individual scorescould have been dropped after each round.

“A fifth player would have allowed us to drop our highest scoreevery day,” said Holloway. “I’m proud of our players and what theyaccomplished.”

Rock Valley was 10 strokes behind entering the final round. Theteam made the turn at 7-under and beat Eastfield by eight strokes,posting a 299 in the final round.

@Bbstandings:Team scoring: Rock Valley 1219, Eastfield1227, Central Lakes 1232, Bergen 1241, Columbus State 1245,Burlington County 1253, Co-Lin 1266, Jamestown 1268, GeorgiaMilitary 1282, Monroe 1285, Suffolk County 1302, Westmoreland1309.

Co-Lin (1265) John Carlton 76-77-72-80-307, Matt Mooney74-77-80-86-317, Wesley Rogers 79-80-80-81-320, Paxton Lee80-80-82-80-322.