KENDALLVILLE — If you get the top three scores of the day in a golf tournament, you'll probably do pretty well.

The Carroll Chargers demonstrated that in Friday's East Noble boys golf sectional at Noble Hawk.

Peyton Richmond was the medalist with an even par 71, and Cameron GeRue and Hunter Melton were both just one shot back as the Chargers cruised to the title with a score of 289. It was two straight titles for Carroll, which also won in 2019.

The Chargers easily bested second-place Leo with 312 and the surprise third-place finisher, host East Noble with 319. The top three teams, plus the top three individual players not on those teams, advanced to the Plymouth Regional Thursday.

Fremont's Lukas Berlew and Northrop's Tyrus Whitman had 76s, and DeKalb's Gavin Morr had a 79 to take the individual regional berths.

All of Carroll's lineup was in the 70s, with Benjamin Jackson shooting a 74 and Jackson Bradley a 79.

The Chargers improved on the 295 they shot at the same course Tuesday in the Leo Invitational.

"I knew that score would get the job done today, but I couldn't be more thrilled for this group of guys," Carroll coach Justin Shippy said. "They've held it together.

"What's helped us is we were able to compete in some tournaments in Indianapolis that we did very well in. It prepared us for where we're at today."

Richmond had three birdies for the day and and made par on five consecutive holes on the back side at one stretch. GeRue had a string of six straight pars on the front side. Melton started the front side with six pars in a row.

"This group has got the capability to score like this on a regular basis," Shippy said. "But it's the game of golf, and you can go to sleep and wake up and it's something different. It's a great group. They've worked very hard. This is just the beginning hopefully."

The Chargers move on to the Swan Lake course at Plymouth. The school's only regional title came in 1988.

"We're going up to Swan Lake and we'll have some competition there," Shippy said. "If we shoot like we did today, we'll get out of there, no problem."

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