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HHS golfers take second at big golf meet in Brainerd

The Hastings boys golf team continues to show it is a force to be reckoned with in the state this year. The Raiders shot a 312 at the Preserve in Brainerd, placing second in a 19-team meet.

Hastings came in just one shot behind Minnetonka.

Captains Jacob Cooper and Matthew Radke led the way for Hastings. They each had 77s.

Sam Otto and Nick Tusa rounded out the varsity scoring with a pair of 79s.

The four scoring golfers combined for 37 pars, seven birdies and one eagle. Tusa made the eagle on a 50 yard shot. The Raiders had 30 bogeys and six double bogeys.

Also on varsity, Peyton Green had an 82 and Cole Carrigan shot an 87.


Three Hastings golfers were invited to play at the prestigious 36-hole Tri-State tournament at Edinborough on Friday and Saturday.

Radke led Hastings with a 32nd-place finish. He had an 84 on the first day of play and a 76 on the second day. The winner, Corey Muenzhuber of Rogers, had a 147.

Tusa had an 82 on the first day and an 85 on the second for a total of 167.

Cooper had an 87 on the first day and an 84 on the second day for a total of 171.

Cooper's total on Friday was inflated in large part by one memorable hole. Through eight holes, Cooper was just one-over-par. He hit his next tee shot out of bounds, and had to re-tee his third shot.

The ball went down the right side and into the rough. He got up to it and hit it near the green. When he got to his ball, he realized it wasn't his ball. He called his group over and told them of the mistake. He got a two-stroke penalty and went back to the previous spot to hit a new ball. He two-putted for a nine on the hole.

"We always talk about the rules and in golf, you have to play with integrity and call yourself for a penalty if you violate the rules," coach Pete McGinnis said. "Jacob did the right the thing and set a great example for all the other kids by calling himself out on the rules situation. We are proud that he played with a lot of class and was honest about his mistake that cost him some shots. He was very frustrated and knows the importance of making sure he hits the right ball. Lesson learned. This is why he has been the captain for the past two years -- because he leads by example."

Midland Hills

Hastings played at Midland Hills on Monday and placed third in a Suburban East Conference meet with a 310.

Hastings was led by Radke, who had a 73.

Cooper had a 74, Tusa had an 81 and Otto had an 82.

Mark Huneke shot an 82 and Green had a 91.

Mounds View won the meet with a 307 and Forest Lake was second with a 309.