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June 9, 2014

BOYS GOLF: Sectional preview

Peru, Kokomo, Western lead 12-team field

Peru’s golf team looks like the favorite in the Peru Sectional today at Rock Hollow G.C.

The Bengal Tigers scored some impressive wins at their home course during the regular season. They fired a 336 to win the Mid-Indiana Conference tournament on May 17. They fired a 318 to win the Rock Hollow Invitational on May 31. And they carded a 159 to win a four-team, nine-hole match on Thursday.

Kokomo and Western look strong, too. In the Rock Hollow Invitational, the Kats finished just one shot back of the Bengal Tigers — and the Panthers were just three shots back.

Peru is looking for its first sectional title since 2010 and Kokomo is looking for its first since 2001. Western has never won a sectional.

The 12-team sectional also includes Cass, Eastern, Maconaquah, North Miami, Northwestern, Southwood, Taylor, Tri-Central and defending champion Wabash.

The top three teams advance to the Warsaw Regional on Thursday at Stonehenge G.C. The top three individuals from non-advancing teams also will move on.

Peru is led by junior Cameron Smith, who was medalist in the MIC tournament (2-over 74) and in last week’s four-team match with Kokomo, Maconaquah and Northwestern (2-under 34). Junior Isaac Badry is a strong No. 2 player.

Kokomo is led by junior Zach Watterson and senior Tanner Guyer. Watterson was medalist in the Rock Hollow Invitational (3-under 69). Guyer led the way when the Kats won the North Central Conference tournament on May 17 at the Legends of Indiana G.C. in Franklin. Guyer was medalist in that tournament.

Watterson played for Cass last year. He won medalist honors at the sectional. He fired a 78 to finish in a three-way tie for the top spot, then won in a playoff. Western’s Tyler White took second place in the playoff. White led the Panthers to a runner-up finish in the team standings. Peru was third.

Now a senior, White anchors a veteran Western lineup.

The sectional begins at 9:30 a.m. Peru, Kokomo, Western are the last grouping. Their No. 5 players will start at approximately 12:12, with the rest of their players following in nine-minute intervals.

PERU SECTIONAL WHEN: 9:30 a.m. today. WHERE: Rock Hollow G.C. THE TEAMS: Cass, Eastern, Kokomo, Maconaquah, North Miami, Northwestern, Peru, Southwood, Taylor, Tri-Central, Wabash and Western.

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