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Jacob Cooper is pictured during the state meet on Wednesday. Rivertown Multimedia photo by Patrick Johnson

Golfers place fourth at state meet

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The Hastings boys golf team placed fourth at the state golf meet at Bunker Hills in Coon Rapids last week.

The Raiders finished with a two-day total of 623.

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Eden Prairie won the meet with a score of 609.

Wayzata had a 610 and Forest Lake finished third with a 618.

Every player who competed at the state meet for Hastings will return next season.

"To lose by only 15 shots over 36 holes was a great accomplishment," coach Pete McGinnis said. "The boys really enjoyed the total experience at the state tournament. They appreciate and understand the commitment to get there. We have a talented group of kids who will all be back next year."

Hastings won a big tournament in Brainerd this year, they won the conference and the section and placed fourth at state. In addition, the team's GPA was 3.4.

"It was a pretty successful season," McGinnis said.

Day 1

Hastings finished with a first-day total of 309 in perfect weather conditions. The scores are added for the team's top four players and combined to get to the team total.

Matthew Radke led the way for the Raiders on the first day with a 73. He had a 38 on the front nine and a 35 on the back.

"It was a great day all-around for Matthew," McGinnis said. "He was just four shots off the lead going into the second day."

Sam Otto had a 40 on the front nine and a 35 on the back for a 75.

"He played outstanding," McGinnis said.

Jacob Cooper shot a 40 on the front nine and a 38 on the back for a 78.

Mark Huneke and Nick Tusa each had 83s. Huneke had a 39 on the front and a 44 on the back for an 83.

Tusa had a 43 on the front nine and a 40 on the back nine.

Dominick Bacon also played for the Raiders. He had a 43 and a 42 for a total of 85.

Hastings was in fifth place after the first day.

"I was extremely proud at the way the boys played around the greens," McGinnis said. "I saw three of our golfers get up and down from the bunker for par. The course played at 7,000 yards, so it was long for everyone. When we did not get off the tee and hit the fairway, it cost us."

Day 2

In the second day of play, Hastings shot a 314. Scores across the board weren't as strong as Tuesday, as there storms and a weather delay.

"We just did not putt very well," McGinnis said.

Cooper had a 38 and a 37 to finish with a 75, which led the way for Hastings.

"Jacob played one of his best rounds," McGinnis said

Otto had identical nine-hole scores of 39 to finish with a 78.

"I thought Sam had a great tournament, striking the ball well," McGinnis said.

Radke had an 80 and Huneke had an 81 to close out the scoring.

Huneke's play was hampered due to the fact that he had to wear two gloves because he received four stitches in his hand on Saturday.

Tusa and Bacon each had 87s.

Honors

Cooper, Otto and Radke all earned All-State honors for their performance at the state meet.

McGinnis also earned a nice award from his peers. He was the Suburban East Conference coach of the year.

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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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