LOCKPORT – A prep golfer not knowing his or her fate immediately after completing a regional or sectional round is not an uncommon occurrence at this time of year.
Few have experiences like the one Coal City junior Jack Scerine endured at Monday’s Class 2A Nazareth Academy Boys Sectional at Broken Arrow. Shortly after finishing his 84, Scerine learned he would likely be close to the bubble. As more time passed, a multi-way tie and a playoff, seemed increasingly likely to determine the last state qualifiers.
That scenario remained in play until the final group of individuals completed their round. At one point, as their scores were being verified, Scerine went to grab his clubs from the parking lot after hearing that a playoff was to happen, but he was then told that enough players had scored lower from that group to eliminate him and the other 84s.
“Terrible,” Scerine said, when asked what his post-round experience had been like. “When [Coal City coach David Sinkular] told me that I was in, I was kinda happy, and then put my clubs in, had everything off, and then the two kids came in screaming numbers and everything ... just threw everything off.”
Sinkular said the round was the “best [Scerine has] played all year. Scerine did have a low round of 39 over nine holes during the regular season.
“To come in with 42-42, on a day that it matters, that’s huge,” Sinkular said. “I feel horrible in that we assumed that he was going to be in the playoff at the minimum, because we were listening to other scores that came in, and it didn’t end up working out that way.”
Justin Larsen of Morris also had a short-lived hope of advancing after carding an 87. Larsen shot a 43 on his first nine holes and a 44 on his second.
“It was just a bad day,” Larsen said. “Just didn’t play my game, didn’t make the putts, didn’t the shots I needed to make, just didn’t do what was needed.”
Morris finished ninth as a team with a 362. Along with Larsen, the Redskins also got counting scores from their other two seniors, as Jacob Cobian had a 92 and Trevor Lines a 93. Nick McPherson’s 90 also counted toward the team score; a 96 from Jake Hulbert and a 108 from Nick Bonomo did not.
“What I’ve seen out of the guys, I can’t complain, I can’t be upset with,” Morris coach Matt Lafond said. “They went out there, they put forth their best foot, and that’s all I can hope for.”
Matt Gubelman of Coal City also competed as an individual and brought in a 105.