April 25, 2012The Perry Central golf team has improved during the last few years, and that improvement showed Monday, April 16, as the Commodores shot a school-record 165 to top Crawford County by seven strokes, with North Harrison and West Washington well behind in the four-way match at New Salisbury.
"We kind of take baby steps forward," Perry Central coach Bill Dickerson said. "Sometimes we'll take three forward and two back, but that's golf. What can you say about it? One day you can be on, and we've just got to be consistent."
North Harrison’s Zach Shearer, here on the third hole at New Salisbury, struggled Monday, finishing with a 45 in North Harrison’s four-way match with Crawford County, Perry Central and West Washington. Photo by Wade Bell
The Commodores' Andrew Huber finished in a tie for medalist honors with a 37. Trevor Carter finished with a 40, while Nick Edwards and Brad Douglas shot 44 each for Perry Central.
"I was just getting up and down," Huber said. "My short game really saved me on a lot of the holes. I felt good. I had a bad round coming into this, but I stayed confident and I hit some good shots."
"What pleases me about this group is we've had some kids pick it up each week," the Perry Central coach said. "I know last Saturday in the Early Bird (at Old English Golf Course), we didn't play bad there. Three teams had 170, and we had 172. The kid that shot 37 (Huber) had had a 50 Saturday. So, I was very pleased with Andrew, how he came back and played well."
West Washington's Brady Millholland shared co-medalist honors by also finishing with a 37. He said judging the greens made the day difficult as each one played differently.
"It definitely wasn't a constant speed on all of them," Millholland said. "There were a couple of greens I think were faster than some others. You couldn't really tell how the ball would check up on your chip shots and your putts. I missed a few short putts, but, other than that, I'm feeling pretty good about my game."
Crawford County finished with a 172 for the day, being led by senior Austin Key, who finished with a 38 for the nine holes. The Wolfpack had won the Early Bird tournament the previous Saturday at Old English, which finished in a three-way tie and went to the fifth man, but coach Jeff Crecelius said this day proved to be a letdown.
"We played so well Saturday to win the Early Bird," he said. "This is the first time we've been off of English all year. After four matches, we just didn't play as well as what we can play. That's to be expected. Some nights you're going to play well, and some nights you're not."
"Austin Key's play was pretty steady tonight with a 38," Crecelius said. "No. 2 (Cody Knieriem) and No. 3 (Taylor Colin) didn't come through for us. Really, for here, they should be down in the low 40s with it being a par 35."
"We were due for a little bit of a letdown after Saturday," he said. "We'll go back to work Wednesday and see if we can get better. We hope not to repeat the last three years of playing well early and not improving. The hope is that we improve as the year goes on. That's our goal."
It was a disappointing day for the North Harrison Cougars, who finished with a 181, and West Washington, which was fourth with a 186. Cougars coach Ross Schulz said a disqualification in his No. 2 (Chase Spencer) proved costly while others struggled on their home course.
"We struggled moderately," Schulz said. "The DQ definitely hurt; otherwise, we would have been four strokes better. We had to take a 48, so maybe eight shots better. We're young. We've got three freshmen that played tonight. … The kid that shot the best for us, Chris (Bowan), is a freshman."
Schulz said the Cougars are also lacking in experience, much less than in previous years.
"Our No. 1 guy is pretty good, but he struggled tonight," Schulz said. "He'll get better. He's really a mid-70s shooter once he gets it going. So, that will help. You hate to lose on your home course like this. We used to never lose here hardly, but it's a young team."
Perry Central 165
(Andrew Huber 37, Trevor Carter 40, Nick Edwards 44, Brad Douglas 44)
Crawford County 172
(Austin Key 38, Cameron Sillings 43, Ethan Ingle 44, Tyson Sloan 47)
North Harrison 181
(Chris Brown 44, Zach Shearer 45, Andrew Dones 46, Jacob Outcalt 46)
West Washington 186
(Brady Millholland 37, Cade Powers 46, Branson Smith 50, Logan Guthrie 53)