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FRANKLIN â€” Whatever happens next, it's already one for the history books.
Triton sophomore Quentyn Carpenter survived a rough stretch at the end of his round at The Legends to post an even-par 72 and make the cut out to the second day at the 75th Annual IHSAA Boys State Golf Finals in Franklin Tuesday.
Today's round represents the fourth state finals round for Carpenter, who made the cut to the second day in his freshman season last year after advancing with the Triton team in its program-first state berth. Already the only Triton golfer to have made the second-day cut at the finals, the sophomore has now done so twice.
"It's pretty good. My dad told me this morning that I can make history for Triton golf because there are a few guys that have made it down here individually to the first day, but no one has made it twice," said a smiling Carpenter. "I'm the only one who has made it to the second day, and I've done it twice."
Carpenter started on the back nine at The Legends and parred every hole to enter the turn at an even 36. He posted birdies on No. 1 and 4 and parred 2 and 3 in between to enter the final five holes with a safe 2-under-par score but gave up both strokes when he hooked his tee shot on No. 5 out of bounds and into the trees and wound up posting a double bogey on the hole.
He birdied the long par 5 No. 6 but again he surrendered that stroke right back with a bogey on a short par 3 7 despite scrambling with a beautiful chip out of the thick rough following an errant tee shot. With no more strokes to give, the heady young Triton top-flighter parred out the remaining two holes to grind out an even-par 72 and qualify for today's second round, a gutsy performance coming on the heels of a Homestead Regional where he won a two-hole playoff just to grab the final individual berth out to state.
"He's played golf enough to know that you're going to catch bad breaks," said Carpenter's acting coach and cousin T.J. Carpenter, who made the cut out to state for Triton as an individual in 2008. "He had a couple good breaks earlier in the day and he knew that. He came up to the tee after making double, and I said 'You know what? It all evens out at the end of the day. This is where you find out whether players are good or not.'"
"Coming down the stretch I had my cousin with me, and he just told me 'Get pars, get pars' and that even pars should hopefully do it for me," said Quentyn.
Carpenter is the son of Triton head coach Jack Carpenter, who took a back seat to nephew and Ball State golfer T.J. at Tuesday's meet, a strategy the family members employed for Quentyn's second round in 2010 as well.
"It's still nerve-wracking watching him as a parent," said Jack. "I'm still trying to coach him along and know exactly what the game plan is between him and I and T.J. Every once in awhile he overrules us, but for the most part he stayed with what we talked about as far as hitting off the tee.
"It's fun to sit back and give it to T.J. even though I'm still trying to tell T.J. things," he continued with a smile. "I told him 'I don't know why I'm talking to you because you know exactly what you're doing.' I think it just makes me feel better."
Quentyn enters today's final round in a 10-way tie for 19th place. He wound up tied for 14th on last year's final leaderboard.
"Today I shot even par. My goal was no higher than 74, but my score could've been a lot better," said Quentyn. "I hiccuped on a few holes and made some bad scores but tomorrow I expect at least the same thing if not better."