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September 18, 2013

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NEW CASTLE — Five local golfers will have a shot at winning a WPIAL championship next week.

Laurel senior Nick Peluso will make his third trek to the district finals after tying Shenango senior Lucas Villani for medalist honors with identical 77s in the Section 5 Individual Qualifier at Mohawk Trails.

This time around, Peluso will bring three of Spartans teammates with him.

Laurel sophomore Colton Brown shot a 78 and was followed by Spartans freshman Evan Long, who carded a 79. Laurel sophomore Tucker Skerbetz and Riverside’s Jonathan Polinski earned Section 5’s final bids by tying with final tallies of 80.

According to Laurel coach Steve Skerbetz, any golfer shooting below a 79 at the Mohawk Trails sectional qualifier or finishing in the top five, including all ties, earned the opportunity to advance to the WPIAL Class AA Finals at Sewickley Heights Country Club on Sept. 25.

“I thought for sure Evan and Nick would (advance to the WPIAL Class AA Finals),” said coach Skerbetz, who doubles as Tucker’s dad. “I knew Colton and Tucker had the ability (to move on). Colton played the round of his life. (Brown and Tucker Skerbetz) played solid (golf) all the way through.”

Long and the younger Skerbetz didn’t secure their spots in next week’s district finals until the 18th hole when both drained clutch putts.

“Coming down the stretch on those last few holes, it’s like a baseball game ... those last three outs are tough,” Skerbetz said referring to the final holes of a golf tournament. “Individuals is different every year. (As the sectional tournament approaches), the kids’ anxiety builds. Some kids are better than others at handling (the pressure). It’s either you’re in or you’re out.

“Evan and Tucker had to sweat it out. Evan made a 25-foot putt on (the 18th green) to qualify with a double bogie. Tucker had a double bogie on 18, too.”

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