Raiders boys golfers get more encouraging results
Another week, another win for the Hastings boys golf team. The Raiders traveled to Stillwater on Monday to play in a Suburban East Conference meet and won again.
Scores were up on the day because of some high winds. Hastings had a 317 as a team.
“Under the windy conditions, I thought the boys held it together,” coach Pete McGinnis said. “Club selection into the wind made for some interesting decisions, regarding what to hit into the greens.”
Sam Otto led Hastings with a 76. Matthew Radke had a 78, Mark Huneke had an 81 and Jacob Cooper had an 82.
Otto had just 27 putts on the day. Radke and Huneke each had 29.
“Another stat that helped was how many times we got up and down from off the green,” McGinnis said.
Otto was able to get up and down eight times, while Huneke (six times), Radke (six times), Cooper (five times) and Nick Tusa (five times) each succeeded there as well.
Hastings played at the East Ridge Invitational on Tuesday at Stone Ridge. There were 20 teams competing and Hastings placed second, just six shots behind the No. 1 ranked team in the state from Wayzata. Hastings had a 301.
“They are a very talented team, but our boys hung in there,” McGinnis said.
Cooper led Hastings with a two-under-par 70, making three birdies, 14 pars and just one bogey.
“He had some pretty good chances to go very low today,” McGinnis said.
Huneke had a 76.
“Mark golfed with the No. 1 player from Wayzata, who shot a five-under-par 67,” McGinnis said. “Mark played with a lot of confidence. He was able to make three birdies, 10 pars, three bogeys and two doubles while hitting 13 greens.”
Huneke had a 40 on the front side and a 36 on the back.
Radke hit 13 greens, too, and ended up with a 77. He had one birdie, 11 pars and six bogeys.
“Matthew had some bad breaks when he had some approaches hit near the flag but spun back off the green,” McGinnis said. “(It was) a solid performance again by the junior.”
Senior Nick Tusa played one his best rounds of the season so far, coming in with a 78.
“Nick had some trouble the day before, but was able to come back and play well Tuesday,” McGinnis said.
He had 13 pars, four bogeys and one double.
Otto shot a 39 on the front and a 41 on the back for an 80.
Dominick Bacon had a 40 on the front and a 40 on the back.