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JASPER - All four Perry Central scorers shot in the 80s as the Commodores placed third in the 14-team IHSAA boys golf sectional Saturday to qualify for the regional.
Perry Central shot a 344, one stroke ahead of fourth-place Heritage Hills and three ahead of fifth-place Springs Valley.
Tell City shot 391 to finish 12th.
Jasper won with a 312 and Southridge was second at 335.
The top three teams and the top three individuals not on those teams qualified for the regional, to be held today at 8 a.m. Perry County time at Country Oaks in Washington.
This is just Perry Central's sixth year for fielding a team and its first time to qualify for the regional, though Jess Foury did qualify for it as an individual in 2004.
Asked if he was surprised his team qualified, fourth-year Perry Central Coach Bill Dickerson said, "That's an understatement. Shocked is more like it. Going in we were shooting for the top eight."
He said one of the main keys to the Commodores' success was "I think our kids used good patience and kept their composure. That (Jasper Municipal) course is snaky and sneaky and the back nine's narrow.
"Our kids used patience and went for 5s instead of going for 4s and so we kept the 6s, 7s and 8s off our scorecards for the most part.
"We had only two 8s and one 7 for the whole day among our four scorers."
Perry Central shot 176 on the front nine and 168 on the back nine even though most teams found the back nine tougher.
Zach Graves shot a 13-over-par 84 to lead the Commodores.
Other Perry Central scorers were Zach Rogier with an 85, Charlie Weatherholt 86, and Travis Goffinet with an 89.
Dickerson noted that Goffinet was 4 over par after four holes. "Then he made a par and an eagle. He just kept his composure."
Goffinet sank a shot from 100 yards out on the par-4 No. 6 hole for his eagle.
Graves and Weatherholt each birdied a par-5 hole.
While Perry Central golfers stayed away from high scores on individual holes, one of the top players for Springs Valley shot a 13 on the par-5 No. 11 hole and finished with a 95. "He's been in the 70s and 80s most of the time," said Dickerson.
Springs Valley had beaten Perry Central by 16 strokes in the PLAC tourney two days earlier.
Tell City also had some problems with high scores on a few holes, with two Marksmen shooting 12 and 13 on the first hole.
Ian Reed led the Marksmen with an 88.
Corey Young shot 98 and Logan Bolin 102.Victor Schutzius and Alex Daugherty each shot 103 to tie for the Marksmen's fourth scorer.
Team scores: Jasper 312, Southridge 335, Perry Central 344, Heritage Hills 345, Springs Valley 347, Crawford County 348, South Spencer 352, Paoli 353, Northeast Dubois 366, Orleans 366, Forest Park 380, Tell City 391, Loogootee 444, Shoals 470