CLARKSVILLE — Just like last year, Silver Creek appears to be hitting its peak at the right time.
Saturday the Dragons captured their second straight Mid-Southern Conference championship on a steamy afternoon at Wooded View Golf Course.
Silver Creek carded a collective 330 to capture the 10-team tournament. Runner-up Corydon Central, which was led by medalist Joey Wiseman, was six shots back.
“That’s our best posting this year,” Dragons coach Matt Graston said. “Coming into this season we had two main goals: to win conference and advance in the postseason. We’ve got one down and we’ve got one to go.”
Last year Silver Creek won the MSC, then finished third at the Providence Sectional to qualify for the regional for the first time as a team.
“Hopefully we’re following in the footsteps of last year’s team,” Graston said.
Saturday senior Garred Perronie paced the Dragons with a 7-over-par 78 — four shots behind Wiseman — to finish second overall.
“That was his best round of the year,” Graston said. “He’s been struggling a little bit this year, so it was good to see him finally come around, because we’re going to need him for sectional.”
Junior Bryce Crutcher added a 79 to tie for third.
“It means a lot to all of us,” Crutcher, who along with Perronie were the returning starters from the team that placed 10th at the Providence Regional last year, said of the MSC title. “The whole season we weren’t really playing that well and we came into conference and everybody pretty much played the best they have all year.”
Seniors Tucker Everett and Hunter Popp added an 86 and an 87, respectively, to round out Silver Creek’s team score. Jeremy Harper shot an 88, as the Creek’s fifth golfer, and the trio made the all-conference honorable mention team.
“We played well on the front,” Graston said. “We had a couple guys shoot their best rounds on the front.”
The Dragons’ scores were slightly higher on the back nine, which wasn’t a surprise considering the fact that the heat steadily increased throughout the tourney after its 8:30 a.m. start.
“It felt really nice when we first got there in the morning on the front nine,” Crutcher said. “Later on it got hot. I drank like four bottles of water, because I sweat a bunch. Then I had bugs flying all around me when I was trying to hit the ball.”
At Wooded View GC, par-71
Team scores: Silver Creek 330, Corydon Central 336, Salem 346, North Harrison 351, Brownstown Central 379, Scottsburg 401, Austin 413, Eastern 449, Charlestown 457, Clarksville 503.
Medalist: Joey Wiseman (Corydon) 74.
Silver Creek: Garred Perronie 78, Bryce Crutcher 79, Tucker Everett 86, Hunter Popp 87, Jeremy Harper 88.
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