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TELL CITY—With four of the five players from last year’s conference roster returning, Tell City’s boys golf team expects to improve on last year’s 15-37 record.
The Marksmen graduated leading scorer Ian Reed. And with only seven boys on their roster this year, they don’t have a lot of depth.
But they return their second through fourth scorers and their fifth man from last year’s PAC tourney.
Corey Young was the Marksmen’s second leading scorer in the PAC with an 88 last year and was also second on the team in the Jasper sectional.
“I think he’s capable of breaking 40 (for nine holes),” said Tell City Coach Jim Meek. “He played a lot of tourneys in an Evansville program last summer and that’s really showed.”
Victor Schutzius and Logan Bolin are battling for the No. 2 spot on the team, Meek said Monday.
Schutzius was the Marksmen’s third scorer in the PAC tourney last year and tied for fourth on the team in the sectional.
Bolin was fourth on the team in the conference and was the Marksmen’s third scorer in the sectional.
Jake Roland and Alex Cole complete the top five now, said Meek. But he said A.J. Flynn and newcomer Nathan Wood, a sophomore, should also play in several varsity matches.
Meek said Wood “can hit the ball a long way,” but he said Young and Bolin “are hitting the ball more consistently (on drives) than anyone else.”
He said Young is also one of the team’s top putters. “Jake Roland shows up very well on the greens and Alex Cole has putted well.”
The Marksmen finished sixth in the nine-team PAC last year and were 12th in the 14-team Jasper sectional.
“I think we can do at least as well as last year,” said Meek. “Our goal is getting four guys in the 40s (for nine-hole matches) and on a good day to probably have one guy in the 30s.
“We’ve had some flashes of good things. I know we have the potential to be someplace in the top four in the PAC.”
Jasper, Southridge and Perry Central were the teams from the Jasper sectional that qualified for the regional last year, and Meek said all three have excellent teams again.
But even if Tell City’s team doesn’t qualify for the regional, “I think Corey has a real shot at qualifying as an individual,” said Meek. “He has a long game and good touch. The more he plays, the better he gets.”