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Desormeaux heading to NJCAA National Tournament

CO-LIN MEDIA / NATALIE DAVIS / Co-Lin's Ryan Desmoreaux lines up his shot on the green. Desmoreaux will put his skills to the test as he prepares for the Division II National Golf Championship.

CO-LIN MEDIA / NATALIE DAVIS / Co-Lin’s Ryan Desmoreaux lines up his shot on the green. Desmoreaux will put his skills to the test as he prepares for the Division II National Golf Championship.

WESSON – The National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division II National Golf Championship is the next stop for Copiah-Lincoln freshman Ryan Desormeaux. He and head coach Ronny Ross will travel to Plymouth, Indiana, for the tournament to be held at Swan Lake Golf Club on May 20-23.

Desormeaux, a freshman from Broussard, Louisiana, qualified for the tournament by finishing with the third lowest gross total throughout the 2014 Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC) season. Ross hopes that the consistency that Desormeaux showed throughout the season will be his strongest tool at the national level.

“Ryan is strong off the tee. He keeps the ball in play and is accurate in hitting his fairways,” said Ross. “Over the years we’ve had guys play on this level at this course and the rough is usually the toughest thing for them to get accumulated to. He’ll need to keep it in the fairway at Swan Lake.”

Swan Lake Golf Club has Kentucky bluegrass in the rough around the greens and fairways. Ross says the challenge is that shots tend to stick deeper into the rough and are harder to hit out there than they do in Mississippi.

“Ryan is a great kid and he never gets too high or too low. I’m excited to see how he plays on this stage,” said Ross.

The pair will travel to Indiana on Saturday, May 17. Desormeaux will get two practice rounds in before beginning a competition against over 120 other junior and community college golfers on Tuesday, May 20. Mississippi Gulf Coast team will represent Region 23 in the tournament.

Joining Desormeaux as individual qualifiers are Hunter Harmon of East Mississippi, Sawyer Williams of East Central, Jordan Cole of Hinds, and Patrick Dickson of Jones County.