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Davis stays cool, advances to regional

Temperatures ‘ and a few local scores ‘ soared into the 80s and low 90s at Monday’s Floyd Central Sectional at Valley View Golf Club in Galena.
One local golfer was able to keep his cool and advance to Friday’s regional at the Seymour Elks Club.
North Harrison’s Zach Davis fired a 77 on the par-71 course to keep his season alive.
In team scoring, the Cougars combined for a 324, or 10 shots back of third-place New Albany, the final team to move on in the state tournament.
It was the third consecutive year North has finished fourth.
The top three teams ‘ all move on to Seymour ‘ finished in the exact order they did last year: Floyd Central won with 297, Providence was second with 312, and New Albany was third with 314.
Corydon Central placed sixth with 329.
Lanesville and South Central had incomplete teams. Each school had two players at the sectional.
The top three in team standings wasn’t the only similarity to the 2004 Floyd Central Sectional. Last year, North’s Kyle Mattingly shot a 77 to move on; that’s exactly what his teammate, Davis, shot this year.
Davis started his rounds with pars on six of the first seven holes. He had a bogey on No. 6, but came back on the par-4 eighth with his only birdie on the front side. Unfortunately, Davis had a double-bogey on No. 9 to finish the front with a two-over 37.
Davis’ round turned adventurous on the back side: he had five pars, one birdie, two bogeys, and one uncharacteristic triple bogey on the par-3 15th.
Ben Fouts and Cole Duffy tied for second for the Cougars with 82s, while Kyle Mattingly, a two-time regional competitor from North, had a rough second nine holes and finished with an 83.
‘When you look at the team scores, sure, it’s a little disappointing. We’d really been lowering our scores as the season went on,’ said Cougar coach Jeff Huffman. ‘I’m not disappointed in the players, though. We just had a couple of bad holes. If you can avoid those, you’ll shoot pretty well. We just weren’t able to avoid them today.’
Mattingly had eight pars with no birdies; Fouts had seven with back-to-back birdies on 16 and 17, Stephens had four, and Duffy had seven with one birdie.
Dustin Thomas was the only Panther player to approach the 70s, hitting for an 80 in his round.
Alex Zimmerman, Matt Key and Chris Becker all had 83s while Bruce Toler marked an 88.
Zimmerman completed his round with eight pars; Thomas had nine with one birdie; Key had eight with two birdies; Toler had six pars, and Becker had a pair of birdies to go along with six pars.
Fighting through a wrist injury, Lanesville’s Devon McCulloch shot an 83 with five pars and two birdies. After shooting 10 over on the first nine of the day, he bounced back with a solid 37 on his second nine.
Eagle teammate Chris VanHoose had four pars and a birdie during his round of 91.
South Central’s Clinton Scarbrough carded six pars, including his final three holes, and finished with an 89. Teammate Craig Huffman had four pars en route to a total of 95 at the par-71 course.
Floyd Central’s Jon Shackelford, a sophomore, was the medalist on the day with an even-par score.
at Valley View Golf Club, (par-71)
Team scores ‘ Floyd Central 297, Providence 312, New Albany 314, North Harrison 324, Silver Creek 327, Corydon 329, Clarksville 351, Jeffersonville 351, Austin 364, Charlestown 366, Scottsburg 378, Christian Academy of Indiana 382, Henryville 443, New Washington 522.
Individual scores ‘ (North Harrison) ‘ Mattingly 83, Davis 77, Fouts 82, Stephens 90, Duffy 82; (Corydon Central) Zimmerman 83, Thomas 80, Key 83, Toler 88, Becker 83; (Lanesville) McCulloch 83, VanHoose 91; (South Central) Scarbrough 89, Huffman 95.