VALPARAISO | Bobby Jacobs is known for his stoic presence on the course, but Valparaiso coach Wayne Lichtenberger noticed his senior golfer cracking a few more smiles Friday morning.
Jacobs blistered Forest Park for a Valparaiso Sectional record of six-under-par 64, helping the Vikings regain the team crown with a program-low 281.
Classmate Kyle Meihofer (69) and Alex Pancek (72) rounded out the top three scores in the field.
Jacobs remained somewhat reserved after his achievement, besting Vikings alum Billy Welter's 1994 mark by two strokes.
"I didn't go out and plan to shoot a 64; it just happened," said Jacobs, who was medalist last season with a 74. "I kind of feel bad for Bill (Welter); I've played rounds with him and he's a really nice guy."
Buoyed by an eagle-3 on No. 2, he burst out to 3-under after two holes. He added birdies on 6, 10 and the final hole. He saved his bogey-free round with an up-and-down on No. 17.
"I don't let my scores get to me, whether I was 6-over or 6-under," Jacobs said. "I play the same way. I just capitalized on the good shots and made it work on the decent shots."
Jacobs, also the Duneland Conference MVP, has been on a late roll, according to Lichtenberger.
"Bobby, what do you say?" Lichtenberger said of the Bradley recruit. 'It's been a coin toss between Bobby and Kyle. (Friday) was Bobby's day."
Defending champion Chesterton placed second with 314, nine shots off last year's mark. Brandon Martin led with a 77, Evan Zondor carded a 78 and Zach Von Huben a 79. Coach Kent Butler was still pleased with his team's play.
"(314) is a solid score here," he said. "We were all grouped together. Nobody was going to catch Valpo, so we were just playing for second."
Portage advanced to regional for the third consecutive season with a 331. Top golfer Nick Lewis (82) has been recovering from an early-season illness plus No. 2 Jordan Henson (86) had a recent death in the family, so No. 5 Tep Junyanid's team-low 80 was crucial.
'It was huge, an adrenaline boost," Portage coach Dick Kretz said of Junaynid's round. He carried us (Friday). Now Jordan and Nick can relax and know that teammates like Tep will back them up."
Wheeler's Brad Young used an eagle on No. 1 to take the top individual qualifying spot for regional with an 81, while teammate Drew Heinold carded an 83. Morgan Township's Brandin Bryan took the last spot with an 86.