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Hastings boys golf team wins its home tournament with a 306

A home-course advantage certainly helped the Hastings boys golf team on Monday. The Raiders won their own Don Saatzer Invitational at the Hastings Country Club, shooting a 306.

"It was a nice day out, the course was in great shape and everyone played well," said freshman Matthew Radke. "It was a home-course advantage."

Radke shot a 74 to lead the Raiders. Dominic Bacon had a 75, Nick Tusa had a 77 and Jacob Cooper had an 80.

"Around the greens, everyone was good at chipping and putting and getting up and down," Radke said.

Hastings entered the season with high expectations, and from everything that fans have seen so far, those expectations were warranted. Hastings has fared well in every tournament they have played in, including the big win Monday.

"The season is going amazing," Radke said. "We've been doing a lot better than we thought we would. We knew we'd be good, but we didn't expect to win this many tournaments. We have a deep team. We have a bunch of kids who can shoot in the 70s and they've all been playing well. We've been coming together as a team and posting low scores as a team."

On Saturday, the strong season continued as Hastings shot a 309 to place third at the Dakota County Invitational.

Cooper led Hastings with a 74. Otto and Peyton Green each had 78s. Radke and Bacon each had 79s and Mark Huneke had an 82.

Hastings placed third at a Suburban East Conference meet on Monday, too. After the invitational here, the team loaded up and headed north. Hastings had a 321.

Radke led the Raiders with a 76. Tusa had an 81, Bacon had an 81 and Cooper had an 83.

With one round of SEC play left, Hastings is in third place in the conference. Mounds View leads and Forest Lake is second.