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Raiders win conference golf title

Pictured from left to right are Hastings boys golf coach Pete McGinnis and players Nick Tusa, Matthew Radke, Jacob Cooper, Dominic Bacon, Sam Otto and Mark Huneke. (Submitted photo)

The Hastings boys golf team won a share of the Suburban East Conference golf championship last week. The team clinched a share by winning the season-ending SEC tournament.

Hastings shares the league crown with Forest Lake.

The Raiders finished with a team score of 302.

Matthew Radke and Jacob Cooper were the co-medalists on the day, with each shooting a 74.

Cooper's first hole was certainly an interesting one. His tee shot was caught in a cross wind and was headed out of bounds. The ball, though, hit a tree and stayed in bounds by a few feet, according to McGinnis. Cooper then hit an 8-iron over the trees next to the green, and chipped-in for a birdie.

"That hold could have played out different, but he made the right decisions and it paid off," McGinnis said.

Cooper needed just 25 putts on the day.

"His short game is very impressive because he knows how to play all the different shots around the green," McGinnis said.

Sam Otto and Nick Tusa each had 77s to round out the varsity scoring. Dominic Bacon and Mark Huneke also played varsity. Bacon had an 85 and Huneke shot an 86.

Radke, Cooper and Tusa were each named to the all-conference team.

Radke placed first place in the conference.

"That's very impressive, as a ninth-grader, to win the conference title like that," McGinnis said.

Radke's season average in league play was a 74. Cooper finished third.

Sections

Hastings is busy competing in the section tournament this week. The first round was held Tuesday, and Hastings shot a 313, which is good for second place after one day.

Hastings was led by Cooper, who had a 76.

Otto had a 78, Radke had a 79 and Tusa and Huneke each had 80s. Bacon finished with an 85.

The second round of the tournament is Friday at Bunker Hills in Coon Rapids.

Chad Richardson

Chad Richardson is the news director for RiverTown Multimedia. He was the publisher of four RiverTown publications until 2016, when he was named news director. He was previously general manager of the Farmington Independent and Rosemount Town Pages from 2000 to 2007. He worked at the Hastings 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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