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Encouraging score turned in by Raiders in boys golf season opener

The boys golf team got its season off to what coach Pete McGinnis called a “tremendous” start on Tuesday.

Hastings won a Suburban East Conference meet at Prestwick in Woodbury with a 303, which was four strokes ahead of second-place Woodbury.

Jacob Cooper had a 75 with 16 pars, a double bogey and a bogey.

“His outstanding round also included hitting 17 of 18 greens,” McGinnis said.

Matthew Radke also shot 75. His round included two birdies, 12 pars, three bogeys and one double bogey. He only hit five fairways but managed to hit 12 greens in regulation.  

Sam Otto came in with a 76. His round included shooting 38 on both sides. He had one birdie, 12 pars, three bogeys and one double.

“The 11 fairways and 10 greens gave him some good chances,” McGinnis said. “He also got up and down four times, which showed his ability around the greens.

Mark Huneke was steady all day finishing with a 76. He hit 10 fairways and 9 greens.  

“A  few different times,  Mark found some trouble off the tee, but was able to find the green and save par. He made some big putts along with getting up and down three times.”

Dominick Bacon, who shot 84, hit eight fairways and nine greens.  He also had nine pars, seven bogeys, one double bogey and a triple.  

Nick Tusa finished with an 85 today hitting seven fairways and seven greens.  

As a team, we averaged 34 putts, so we have some work to do on the greens,” McGinnis said. “I do like how well the boys managed the course and hit greens in regulation to bring us to victory.”

Hastings returns its lineup from last year’s team, which qualified for the state meet, so hopes are high for this year’s team.