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By LARRY GOFFINET
LEOPOLD—Perry Central’s boys golf team had the first winning record in its 10-year history last spring. And with five of the six starters back, the Commodores hope to do even better this year.
The Commodores went 33-24 last year, including finishing fifth in the seven-team PLAC and seventh in the 13-team Jasper sectional.
Brad Douglas, their only regional qualifier, is now playing for Oakland City University. But most of the returnees’ best scores were close to Douglas’ last year. Coach Bill Dickerson said they just need to be more consistent.
As a sophomore last year Andrew Huber tied Douglas for the team lead in the PLAC tourney with an 86 on the tough Hill Course in French Lick.
He is the team’s top returnee based on last year’s averages. But “James Rogier’s playing very well too,” said Dickerson. “He just has to eliminate some bad holes.
“Trevor Carter has all kinds of potential. He had several rounds in the 30s last year. He just needs to be more consistent. He shot 39 two matches in a row and then he shot a 59.”
Nick Edwards and Nathan Bashor are the other returning lettermen.
Other than Huber, the returnees are all seniors. Huber is the only junior on the 11-man team and there are no sophomores, so one of the team’s five freshmen will probably fill the sixth spot.
“Nic Pierrard looks like he might fill” it, said Dickerson, adding that Eric Schepers, who played two years of junior high golf, is also in the running.
Rogier is the team’s longest driver but Huber is “probably a little more consistent,” said Dickerson.
He said Huber is the team’s best putter, “no doubt.”
Jasper and Heritage Hills were the top two finishers in the Commodores’ sectional last year and will be the top two teams they face this year, said Dickerson.
The top three teams in the sectional qualify for the regional, though, and Perry Central earned the third spot in 2008.
Dickerson “would like to think we’re capable” of doing that again. But he said Southridge, South Spencer and Springs Valley also have teams capable of doing so.
Perry Central has never finished higher than fifth in the PLAC, but “I’d like to think winning it would be a goal for us this year,” said Dickerson.
“Golf is a funny game, though, so you never know. The year we went to the regional we finished fifth in the conference and then beat all those teams in the sectional.”