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Punxsy cruises past DCC to get back in the hunt

September 2, 2011

In this file photo, Punxsy's Mike Blose tees off on the first hole at the Punxsutawney Country Club during Punxsy's match against DuBois Monday in Punxsutawney. Thursday, Blose shot a 40 for Punxsy's second-lowest score as Punxsy defeated DuBois Central Catholic, 159-200, Thursday at Treasure Lake in DuBois. (Photo by Zak Lantz/The Punxsutawney Spirit)

DUBOIS — Punxsy's boys' golf team shot a 159, its lowest score of the season, at the Silver Course's back nine at Treasure Lake in DuBois, earning a 159-200 victory over DuBois Central Catholic Thursday afternoon.

Punxsy's win makes things interesting in the Allegheny Mountain League's northern division after Brookville defeated DuBois Tuesday afternoon.

"Today was a really great day," head coach Josh Conrad said after the match. "Everyone just played really well."

Punxsy was led by Ryan States, the tournament's low-medalist, who shot a 38, just two strokes over par on what Conrad called "a difficult course."

Mike Blose and Micky DeChurch were each two strokes off States' pace, coming in with a pair of 40s.

"It was really good to see Ryan and Mike break through," Conrad said. "Especially since they've never seen this course before. Those are two really good scores at this course. They've played U.S. Open qualifiers here before."

Punxsy's final scorer Thursday was Ian Miller, who shot a 41 to round out Punxsy's impressive effort.

"It was a good bounce back from the past two matches we lost," Conrad said. "This is the lowest we've shot in a long time. We shot a 159 once last year, when Brookville came here, but it's the first time we've broken into the 150s this year, so that's good."

Punxsy's final two players were Jesse Verdill, who shot a 46, and Eli Thompson, who shot a 50.

"It's so crowded in the middle, right now," Conrad said. "On any given day, somebody different is shooting a really good score. It's very good to see that. It makes me wish I could take six guys to districts instead of four."

DuBois seemed to be in the drivers' seat in the AML's southern division when it defeated Punxsy Tuesday, but DuBois' loss to Brookville Tuesday made it a four-horse race again.

"Whoever wins here will playoff with the northern division champion," Conrad said. "Now, it looks like if we win out, we'll probably be in it, and it would be at our country club, which would be a great advantage."

Only matches with teams in the AML's southern division count towards the district record, but every match is important for Conrad's boys to gain experience and confidence.

Punxsy's next scheduled match, Wednesday against Union, has been moved, and at this time it is uncertain when it will be rescheduled.

If it's not rescheduled sometime next week, Punxsy will have the entire week off before returning to action in a rematch with DuBois Sept. 12.

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