Hastings golfers take 16th at Tri-State Invitational
Regular season golf meets don't get much bigger than the one the Hastings Raiders played in over the weekend.
In the two-day, 24-team Tri-State Invitational, featuring some of the top teams from Minnesota, Wisconsin and North Dakota, Hastings had two golfers place in the top 17.
Alex Wagner, a Hastings High School sophomore, placed sixth overall with a two-day total of 147. Par was 142. He had rounds of 73 and 74.
Max Fox, a junior, shot a 72 on the first day and an 80 on the second day to finish 17th.
Fox was in third place after one day, and Wagner was close behind.
"That was a great start for Max and Alex," HHS coach Pete McGinnis said. "They were both right in the hunt to win the tournament after 18 holes. Those two kids really hit the ball well."
Wagner had a triple-bogey on the par-three second hole, but fought his way back to stay in contention.
The meet was at the University of Minnesota's Les Bolstad Golf Course.
Hastings finished with a team score of 641, which placed the Raiders 16th and allows them the privilege to play in the tournament again next year.
Josh Brewster shot an 85 the first day and an 80 the second day.
Josh Fox had a 94 on the first day and an 89 the second day.
Danny Saudner had a 110 the first day. Bryce Martin shot an 83 the second day.
Hastings competed in an invitational at River Oaks in Cottage Grove Tuesday and placed 11th with a team score of 332.
Max Fox led the way with a fifth-place finish. He shot a 77, which included three birdies and an eagle.
Josh Brewster shot an 83, Shane Loesch shot an 84, Paul Morris had an 88, Alex Carpenter shot a 93, and Luke Sweeney shot a 93.
Hastings played in a 32-team, 27-hole invitational at Bunker Hills in Coon Rapids.
Golfers played 27 holes, and the scores from their best two nine-hole rounds were counted.
The Raiders shot a 343 to place 21st.
Fox led the Raiders with a 79.
Brewster had an 86, Morris had an 87, Bryce Martin had a 91, Sweeney had 101 and Jake Cooper had a 101.
"I thought we got tired down the stretch," McGinnis said. "About the last five or six holes, we were tired mentally and physically. It was a nice opportunity to play there. That was a course we'll see at sections and at state."