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Raiders place sixth at Don Saatzer invite

Matthew Radke is pictured getting ready to putt on the eighth green at Hastings Country Club on Monday. (Star Gazette photo by Chad Richardson)1 / 2
Jacob Cooper watches his tee shot on the ninth hole at Hastings Country Club during Monday's Don Saatzer Invitational. (Star Gazette photo by Chad Richardson)2 / 2

Finally, the Hastings boys golf team is enjoying some nice weather. Monday was certainly the highlight of the season thus far for the Raiders, who competed at their annual Don Saatzer Invitational. Hastings placed sixth out of 21 teams at the meet with a score of 319.The meet is held at the Hastings Country Club.

Leading the way in scoring for the Raiders were Jacob Cooper and Matthew Radke, who tied for seventh with a 76.

"These two had some good chances today but just missed some putts that could have produced some lower scores," coach Pete McGinnis said. "I think everyone was surprised at how quick the greens were. However, they both managed to finish sixth out of 126 golfers, which is outstanding."

Joe Dittrich was 30th with a score of 82.

Sam Otto shot an 85 to round out the scoring for the varsity team. Nick Tusa shot an 87 and Cole Carrigan had a 96.

The meet was unique in the fact that Hastings was able to have two teams compete. The Hastings "Blue" team placed in a tie for 15th place at the meet with a total of 343. Tucker Piotrowski had a strong day for the blue team, shooting a 79 to place 17th. Brady Gullicks had an 85 to place 53rd.

Marcus Chorney shot an 89 to figure into the scoring. Lucas Wagner had a 90 to conclude scoring for the team. Also playing were Jack Schoeberl (93) and Adam Peine (100).

Forest Lake won the tournament with a score of 313. Stillwater was second at 314, East Ridge third at 315, Mounds View fourth at 318 and Hill-Murray took fifth with 318.

A total of 21 teams competed at the meet.

Four golfers led the scoring on the day with 73s.


Hastings had a phenomenal round on Tuesday, shooting a 304 at a conference tournament hosted by Woodbury.

Cooper finished with a 73 to lead the way.

He had four birdies, nine pars and five bogeys on the round. He hit seven fairways and 11 greens in regulation. He had a 360-yard drive on one hole, McGinnis said.

Dominic Bacon had a 76. He had two birdies and 10 pars on the day. He finished with a team-low 29 putts.

Mark Huneke had a 77 and Radke shot a 78 to round out the scoring. Otto shot an 80 and Tusa an 85.

"These six golfers really have the ability to all go low for us," McGinnis said. "We will be involved in a lot of golf matches in the next two weeks so the great start is what we needed today."