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HHS boys' golf wins two triangulars, takes second in another

The Hastings boys' golf team competed in three triangulars last week, winning two and taking second in the other. They beat North St. Paul and Tartan in North St. Paul on May 9, took second behind Hill-Murray while beating South St. Paul on May 10 and then beat both Simley and Tartan on May 11.

At North St. Paul the Raiders shot a 167 to beat the Polars who shot 177 and the Titans who came in with a 183. Jack Williams led the Raiders with a 40 for the low score of the meet, followed by Terry Kuhn with a 42, Jacob Ericks shot a 43, Zach Johnson a 44 and Nick Dittrich struggled a little to shoot a 45.

"Jack Williams led the way with a 40 as the medalist," head coach Pete McGinnis said. "It was great to see him hit the ball so well. His confidence around the greens helped him with managing the course without ever seeing it."

Hastings hosted a make-up meet May 10 at Bellwood Oaks against Hill-Murray and South St. Paul. The Raiders shot a great score of 159, but the Pioneers were led by freshman Ben Warian who shot a scoring 32, allowing Hill-Murray to shoot a 146. Dittrich shot a 37, Johnson and Erickson both came in with 40s, while Kuhn, Williams and Charlie Wenker each had a 42.

"As a team we played pretty well," McGinnis said. "I told the boys we would win most matches with a 159 score. The extra time around the greens is paying off. To see the improvement with all six guys is what we are working towards."

Hastings turned right back to their winning ways against Simley and Tartan and won the triangular with a score of 154, three strokes ahead of Simley and 21 in front of Tartan. The Raiders had three golfers shot in the 30s, led by Dittrich with a 36 and Williams and Kuhn who both shot a 39. Sam Brown added a 40, Zack Johnson added a 41 and Jacob Erickson shot a 44.

"The key today was our ability to set our next shot up." McGinnis explained. "We eliminated the big numbers, (our) putting was much better and our decisions hitting into the middle of greens helped out. This is the best we have played as a group. It was a tremendous week winning three of four matches."

Hastings travels to the Mendakota Golf Club to face Mahtomedi and St. Thomas Academy on May 18. Next week is conference championship.

Alec Hamilton

Alec Hamilton is a sports reporter and general assignment reporter at the Hastings Star Gazette. He is a journalism graduate of Drake University.

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