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Andrean's Jack Musgrave ready for tough competition at Lake Central Sectional

2013-05-29T19:00:00Z 2013-05-30T03:55:04Z Andrean's Jack Musgrave ready for tough competition at Lake Central SectionalMatt Douthett matthew.douthett@nwi.com, (219) 933-4194 nwitimes.com

Looking at Andrean junior Jack Musgrave's accomplishments this season, it's obvious he has peaked at the right time.

In the Lake Central Invite on May 18, Musgrave carded a high school-best 73, but lost medalist honors to Valparaiso's Bobby Jacobs in a playoff.

Musgrave also turned in an 80 to earn medalist honors on a cold and windy day at the May 23 Northwest Crossroads Conference meet at Sandy Pines in DeMotte.

So, the Lake Central Sectional approaches on Friday at Palmira Golf Course, Musgrave hopes to use that momentum to his advantage.

"I'm definitely really excited with how I've been playing lately, especially heading into the postseason," Musgrave said. "I'm peaking at the right time. I'm very excited the sectional is at Palmira. I've always shot really well at that course."

Palmira has a lot of tight fairways, but Musgrave said that plays into one of the top strengths of his game, which is driving accuracy.

Andrean coach Dennis Pokropinski never has to worry about Musgrave getting low scores. He's proven that with his success this season.

"He's been a solid player since he got here as a freshman," Pokropinski said. "He has the ability to go even lower."

The 59ers have no seniors on the team, so Musgrave has been thrust into a leadership role this season as both the team's best golfer and most experienced player as a junior. Brendan Mulshine is also a junior, while the rest of the varsity team is made up of two sophomores and a freshman.

"I've really done the best I can to help the younger players," he said. "We have a really young team. Brendan and I have really tried to include a lot of the younger guys. I feel like we've done a good job and they've put in a lot of effort. That should pay off come sectional time."

Pokropinski took Musgrave's success at the Lake Central Invite as a good barometer for what to expect when the sectional starts on Friday. The 59ers will play against some of the same teams they faced before, such as Munster, Lake Central, Crown Point and Boone Grove, which are arguably the strongest teams in the field along with Andrean.

"That made up a lot of ground and made the rest of the team's mediocre scores much better," Pokropinski said of Musgrave's 73 score. "If I can get the other guys to shoot a little bit better than mediocre, we definitely have a possibility (of advancing to regionals)."

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