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Toler, Key, Duffy advance to Seymour Regional

Toler, Key, Duffy advance to Seymour Regional
Toler, Key, Duffy advance to Seymour Regional
A trio of golfers from Harrison County advanced from the Floyd Central Sectional on Monday afternoon and will take part in Friday's Seymour Regional at the Seymour Elks Club. Above, Matt Key of Corydon Central watches a putt during his round. (Photos by Alan Stewart)

While a pair of varsity golf teams from Floyd County took two of the top three advancing spots at Monday’s Floyd Central golf sectional at Valley View Golf Club, three individuals from Harrison County were the only singles to move on to Friday’s Seymour Regional.
Bruce Toler and Matt Key of Corydon Central both shot 75s, and Cole Duffy of North Harrison had a 76, to punch their tickets for their first trip to regional at the Seymour Elks Club.
It was the fourth year in a row that the Cougars have advanced a player, with Zach Davis moving on last season and Kyle Mattingly earning bids in 2003 and 2004.
Top-ranked Floyd Central, which won a couple of close matches against North earlier this year, wasn’t challenged at all when it came to tourney play on its home course. The four scoring players for the Highlanders posted the lowest rounds of the day, including a one-under par 70 by medalist John Shackleford. Ben Engle’s 71 and a pair of 72s by Kyle Welch and Steven Shaffer helped Floyd advance.
The Highlanders were a staggering 20 strokes better than second-place Providence, 285-305. New Albany also had a 305, but finished third via a tiebreaker using the fifth-players’ score.
Floyd shattered its own sectional record of 292, which had stood since 2004.
North Harrison was fourth and Corydon fifth in the team standings, with scores of 313 and 320, respectively. Lanesville shot a 440 for 13th place.
Cougars coach Kelly Cooper said his squad was disappointed by the outcome, especially considering how close it came to knocking off Floyd twice this season (losing by three strokes on May 22, and by one stroke, 301-300, at the Southern Indiana Open on May 13).
‘The guys are pretty upset. I mean, 285? That’s untouchable. Our four scorers all shot in the 70s, but today that wasn’t good enough. I think in almost any other sectional, our 313 gets out. It just so happens we’re in a sectional against some tough teams, and there’s nothing we can really do about it.’
Of the 22 sectional results turned in from across the state, North’s score of 313 would have won eight sectionals, and advanced from 19.
Toler and Key shot identical scores on the front and back nine: 36-39.
Toler opened play with a birdie then went on to play the remaining eight holes at one over par. He caught fire on the back nine, shooting one under for the first three holes. He had a couple more birdies on Nos. 14 and 16, but a triple-bogey on the par-3 15th took its toll on Toler’s card.
Still, the senior came away with a score solid enough to get to regional.
Teammate Key, showing consistent play, had just two birdies though his round. Both came on the opening nine, marking a three on the par-4 fourth hole and another trey on the par-4 eighth.
The junior bogeyed the 10th hole, but buckled down to pencil par on four of the next five. Key finished his second nine with a three-over 39.
Duffy, who is a senior, was five over par on the front nine, recording a birdie on the par-4 No. 8 to bring his score to 40.
The Cougar player said he kept his driver in his bag, which helped him fire three more birdies on the second nine (Nos. 10, 15, 16) en route to a one-over 37.
‘I only used my driver three times, and I think that’s what did it for me. I had a little better control,’ Duffy said.
North had three players within two strokes of moving on as senior Kyle Mattingly, a regional qualifier his freshman and sophomore seasons, shot a 78, and freshman Matt Bruce and senior Michael Rigot each shot 79s. Mattingly had seven pars, one birdie and an eagle on the 477 yard par-5 16th; Bruce marked 10 pars and one birdie; and Rigot came through with a big round at the No. 5 slot, knocking down 11 pars on the day, including a spectacular putt from just off the green on his final hole. Ryan Boone shot a 87 for fifth on North’s card.
For Corydon, after the 75s by Toler and Key, Calvin Saulman had an 81 (one birdie), followed by an 89 by Brian Baker (one birdie), and a 91 by Joe Merk (one birdie).
Lanesville’s Jordan Rochner was the low man for the Eagles with a 102. Zack Gurtz shot a 105, followed by Jacob Schneider’s 111, Nic Emily’s 122 and James Schmelz’ 141.
Team scores ‘ Floyd Central 285, Providence 305, New Albany 305, North Harrison 313, Corydon Central 320, Silver Creek 346, Charlestown 347, Jeffersonville 348, Christian Academy 365, Clarksville 381, Scottsburg 381, Austin 423, Lanesville 440.