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Chucks keep rolling with win over Raiders

September 20, 2011

Punxsy's Ian Miller chips out of the sand during Punxsy's match against DuBois Aug. 29. Tuesday, Miller led the Chucks to a 162-180 victory over Brookville with a low-medalist score of 35 in DuBois. With the win, Punxsy clinched the AML south title. (Photo by Zak Lantz/The Punxsutawney Spirit)

BROOKVILLE — Punxsy needed a victory over Brookville to clinch the southern tier of the Allegheny Mountain League, and the Chucks did exactly what they needed to, defeating the Raiders 162-180 in Brookville Tuesday.

Punxsy was led to victory by Ian Miller, who was the tournament's low-medalist with a 35 including a chip-in birdie on No. 3 and another birdie on the par-five eighth hole.

"Ian had a great, great round," Punxsy head coach Josh Conrad said after the match. "It really sealed the deal for us from the beginning. If he'd shot a 43 or 44, it would have been pretty tense as the other guys finished up."

Conrad also pointed out Miller had to put in some extra work to earn his low score.

"He did a great job of scrambling," he said. "He didn't hit many greens in regulation, but his short game was very good today."

Punxsy's second-best scorers, Brandon Mancuso and Ryan States, finished six shots behind Miller but still turned in impressive 41s.

States birdied the seventh hole, and Mancuso had a birdie on No. 4.

Punxsy's final official score belonged to Logan Reed with a 45.

"I thought we played well as a team," Conrad said. "Several of the guys haven't even seen the course before, so it was good to see."

Conrad noted one important factor that gave his team an edge Tuesday: The length of the course.

"It's a much shorter course than we play here at Punxsy," he said. "The par fives are much more reachable than ours. The greens are tough, though. It's always nice to play on a nice course."

Mike Blose and Eli Thompson also shot varsity for Punxsy, each turning in a 47, and Jesse Verdill shot the lowest score in the junior varsity match with a 49.

Tighe Truman was Brookville's low man, shooting a 40. Jack Huggins (41); Jacob McLaughlin (43); and Tate Canavan (56) rounded out Brookville's scorers.

Conrad noted that Brookville's team is on the rise, and it was good to pick up a victory over it.

"Brookville played well," he said. "They're going to be a team to deal with next year. Our No. 1 and No. 2, Micky (DeChurch) and Ian are both seniors. Their No. 1 and No. 2 are a freshman and a sophomore."

Punxsy heads to DuBois today for the DuBois Invitational meet.

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