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Fox qualifies for state golf tournament

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Last Tuesday, Max Fox shot the golf round of his life, scoring a 69 in the first round of the section tournament.

Then, for a week, the Hastings High School junior had to wait for the second round of the section tournament. The wait lasted forever.

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Finally, on Tuesday, that second round came at Bunker Hills. Apparently, rust wasn't a factor.

Fox shot a 75 in the second round and won the section tournament by two shots with a two-day total of 144.

"Max was striking the ball very well today," HHS coach Pete McGinnis said. "He stayed mentally tough all round, and was constantly hitting fairways and greens. He only three-putted once."

A birdie on the 17th hole clinched the championship for him.

Fox will play a practice round Monday and will play 18 holes Tuesday and another 18 holes on Wednesday. The top 88 golfers in Class AAA will be at the meet.

Sophomore Alex Wagner also qualified for the second round of the section tournament with a 79 on the first day of play. He shot a 79 again Tuesday and finished with a two-day total of 158. He was four shots out of the top five. The top five golfers in each section advance.

"Alex had a great year," McGinnis said. "He was named all-conference. Max and Alex push each other to get better all year round."

Correction

In last week's story, we incorrectly reported Hastings' team score of 317 was its best in recent years. That was incorrect. Max Fox's round of 69 tied the best score Hastings has had since Pete McGinnis became coach.

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Chad Richardson
Chad Richardson is the publisher and editor at the Hastings Star Gazette. He was the general manager of the Farmington Independent and Rosemount Town Pages from 2000 to 2007. He previously worked at the Star Gazette from 1996 to 2000 as a photographer and reporter. He also worked as a photographer and writer at the Pope County Tribune in Glenwood.
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