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Vikings' Percy wins playoff

By The Herald Staff | 5/30/2014

CHENEY — Central Heights High School sophomore Matt Percy at least knew one of the competitors in the playoff for 10th Tuesday at the 3A State Golf Tournament in Cheney.

All ties in the top 10 are settled by a playoff. Percy and friend Isaiah Grover, who grew up in Ottawa, were tied at 78 with one other golfer at Cherry Oaks in Cheney.

CHENEY — Central Heights High School sophomore Matt Percy at least knew one of the competitors in the playoff for 10th Tuesday at the 3A State Golf Tournament in Cheney.

All ties in the top 10 are settled by a playoff. Percy and friend Isaiah Grover, who grew up in Ottawa, were tied at 78 with one other golfer at Cherry Oaks in Cheney.

It took four playoff holes before Percy could best Grover to claim the 10th-place medal. Percy finished 12th last year.

“It was fun and neat,” Central Heights coach Phillip Pearson said of the two friends battling for 10th-place.

Percy finished his round and was relaxing for awhile before he was alerted to a possible playoff situation.

“He had to get refocused again,” Pearson said. “Fortunately he and Grover finished at about the same time.

“He was not mentally prepared for the playoff.”

He won with a par on the fourth playoff hole as Grover found himself in some trouble.

“He played those four holes even,” Pearson said. “He played them well.”

It was a tough round for Percy, who did not have a birdie putt inside 20-feet until the final two holes.

“The front nine was pretty narrow  ... skinny fairways,” Pearson said. “He hit 12 of 14 fairways. His second shots were not up to par. It did not come easy.

“He birdied his last two holes. He chipped in on 18. His experience outside of high school helped him.”

Pearson said the golfers have a different perspective of each other.

“All these kids have a good bond and friendship,” Pearson said. “They see each other a lot. It is good for the sport.”

The coach said Percy has a big drive was disappointed by the way he played.

“He is not satisfied,” Pearson said. “He will keep pushing.”

Caleb Powelson shot a 96 at the state tourney. Pearson said the nerves played a factor.

“He got off to a bad start and it kept going,” Pearson said.

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