ST. JOHN | Their name may be Mudd, but their game was clean Friday.
Patrick and Matthew Mudd turned scores of 75 and 78, respectively, to lead Crown Point to a team score of 317 for the win in the Lake Central Sectional at Palmira Golf Club.
"It means a lot with guys who are this close and spend this much time together to advance as a team more than as individuals," Matthew said.
The brothers admit that beating each other is just as important as beating their opponents, but their focus is still on helping the Bulldogs have a fruitful postseason. Crown Point has never won a regional as a team.
"Winning the sectional is very nice, but our main goal is to get down to state because all members of our team have never made it down there," Patrick said.
Lowell No. 2 Kyle Snyder turned in the best round of the day with a 74. He's been golfing at Palmira after school until dark for the last few weeks in preparation for the sectional. He was on the course at 8:45 p.m. Thursday night getting some last-minute putting in.
"Not too bad for the last day of my senior year," Snyder said. "I felt really consistent with all my clubs. Everything seemed to just come together for me today."
His big shot of the day came at hole eight, when he put a 110-yard wedge shot within a couple feet of the cup to set up a birdie putt.
"Putting really saved me today, so (the extra work) helped," Snyder said.
Lake Central finished second as a team with 322, but No. 5 Nick Good posted the lowest score for the Indians with a 79.
"My goal today was to break 80," he said. "I was just really looking to get over that hump today. Now I know I can do it."
Good tallied two birdies on the day, but canceled them out with a pair of double bogeys.
"I just hit a couple bad shots that sometimes I hit," the freshman said. "After that I came back, rebounded from those shots and had a couple series of par shots and that really helped my round today."
Munster's Matt Specht overcome some mid-round struggles to finish with a season-best 75. A 400-yard drive --thanks to a friendly bounce off a cart path-- led to an eagle on the 14th hole.
"I've been struggling this year, really," Specht said. "My game's coming around at the right time, I guess."
Jacob Thorsen, from Andrean, grabbed the final individual qualifying spot with a round of 82 and a win over Boone Grove's Brad Bobrowski in a five-hole playoff. Highland's Danny King was also part of that playoff for the first hole.
Crown Point, Lake Central and Munster advance to the Lafayette Jefferson regional as teams. Snyder, Thorsen and Andrean's Jack Musgrove advance as individuals.