Raider golf team takes sixth at River OaksThe only driving being done by the Hastings boys golf team is taking place on the course itself. At last week’s season-opening match, Hastings’ lineup was so young, there wasn’t a single player on varsity that was old enough to have a driver’s license.
By: Chad Richardson, The Hastings Star-Gazette
The only driving being done by the Hastings boys golf team is taking place on the course itself. At last week’s season-opening match, Hastings’ lineup was so young, there wasn’t a single player on varsity that was old enough to have a driver’s license.
The varsity lineup included two eighth-graders, three freshmen and one sophomore.
While the team is young, it appears as though they’re going to have another great season. Hastings placed sixth out of 21 teams at a tournament in River Oaks with a team score of 321.
“The kids are playing with lots of confidence, and they know they can compete with the best teams in the state,” coach Pete McGinnis said.
Freshman Sam Otto led Hastings with a 79. Nick Tusa had an 80 and Jacob Cooper and Matthew Radke each had 81s.
Also playing on varsity were Cole Carrigan and Peyton Green. Carrigan had an 84 and Green had a 102.
On Thursday the Raiders competed in a tournament at Bunker Hills. The team placed sixth out of 31 teams with a 317.
Hastings was just three shots away from third place.
“What a great day for us to play that well on the course that will host the section and state tournament,” McGinnis said.
Otto and Radke led the way for the Raiders with 78s.
“Sam is really hitting the ball well and some putts were just not going in for him,” McGinnis said. “Matthew used his experience from last year on the course and played extremely well.”
Mike Dittrich, a junior, had an 80 and Tusa had an 81 to round out the scoring.
“Mike played a great round, considering he never played there before,” McGinnis said. “Nick did not make anything more than a bogey, so he was very consistent throughout the day.”
Sean Eglington also played on varsity and had an 86. Jake Cooper played varsity and had a 93.