Casey Fernandez leads Mississippi Gulf Coast Open
Casey Fernandez <br>(Southern Mississippi Athletics Photo)
Casey Fernandez
(Southern Mississippi Athletics Photo)

SAUCIER, MS (December 2, 2016) -- Former Southern Mississippi standout Casey Fernandez is one of four players under-par and is currently leading the Mississippi Gulf Coast Open after one round. Fernandez posted a 3-under 69 and he will carry a one-stroke lead into the second round at Grand Bear Golf Club.

The 2015 second team All-Conference USA performer started his round on the 10th and birdied the first two holes. However, the trip into red figures didn't last long for Fernandez as he bogeyed the 12th, 14th and 17th holes to fall to 1-over.

Following the turn Fernandez was able to right the ship as he rolled in by four birdies coming home to tally a bogey-free 4-under 32 and post 3-under for the day. The circles came on Nos. 1, 2, 5 and 9.

Austin Sparks and Kyle Ramey ended the first day tied for second at 2-under following 70's.

Sparks, a senior at North Alabama, did most of his damage on the back nine, his first nine as he carded a flawless 3-under 33. The second nine was a bit on the rocky side and it included three bogeys and two birdies.

Ramey reached 2-under with a four birdie, two bogey round. His best run of the day came when he turned from the 18th to the front side and he converted three straight birdies.

Jamie Marshall is the final player under-par at 1-under and in fourth. Ben Wood is fifth at even-par.


Dr. Stewart Horsley shot a 4-under 68 to take a six-stroke lead in the Senior Division with two rounds remaining. Horsley birdied five-times and bogeyed once.

Robert David Smith is 2-over and in second place while Lee Vance, David Ross and Joey Landrum, Tracy McGuire and Brother Sandifer are 6-over in a tie for third.


Dave Czaplicki and Howard Waugh share the lead in the Super Senior Division at 3-over. Mike Thompson is 4-over in third.

ABOUT THE Coast Open

36-hole stroke play event open to professionals and amateurs. Players age 50 and over may elect to play in the Senior Division. This division will compete separate from the regular division for any prizes and are not eligible for "Overall Champion". There must be a minimum of 8 players in the Senior Division. Players will be flighted after the first round of play.

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