10-04-14 Panthers Beyond
Just a freshman, golfer Jack McClintock is in contention for an NCAA Division II conference title through the fall portion of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Championships.
McClintock, a Rugby High School graduate and first-year student at St. Cloud State University, shot a 2-over par 144 to lead the Huskies at The Jewel in Lake City, Minn., on Monday and Tuesday. As a team, the Huskies are in second place, six shots behind Augustana (S.D.), with a four-player total of 586 or 18-over par.
The final two rounds of the championship are played April 11-12 at Quarry Oaks in Omaha, Neb.
McClintock tied two other players in third place and led three other Huskies in the top 30. He is one stroke behind junior Mitch Holm of Winona State and senior Tyler Jensvold of Augustana.
“I played well, but I guess I don’t really treat these tournaments as any other specific tournament,” McClintock said. “I just try to go at it like any other tournament I’ve been in. It just seems like a routine now.”
Fifty players from 10 teams competed at the par-71 course, which spans 6,669 yards. McClintock carded scores of 71 and 73. The Huskies four scorers include two freshmen, a sophomore and a senior.
“As freshmen, we kind of work together and we hang out a lot (and study together) to get used to going to college and playing golf at the same time,” McClintock said.
The Huskies led the Vikings by two after Monday’s round. On the first day, McClintock tied sophomore teammate Jack Barnhart and Holm for third overall at even-par 71. The trio trailed a pair of competitors at 1-under.
The Huskies led the team scoring after day one with an 8-over-par 292.
McClintock won the Class B championship earlier this year in his final season with the Panthers.
“At the college level, everyone on the team is very close as far as skills,” McClintock said. “We’re all able to shoot around par and it helps when you’re out playing a round because if you’re having a bad day, you have four or five guys that have your back. It’s nice to have that mindset, as a team perspective.”
Miller competes with Jimmies
University of Jamestown freshman and RHS graduate Benji Miller shot the fifth-best score for the Jimmies, who won the Valley City State Invitational.
Miller shot consecutive 78s on Monday and Tuesday at CrossRoads Golf Course in Carrington. The Jimmies won the meet with a team score of 609, six strokes better than VCSU.
Bobcats improve to 3-3
The Bismarck Bobcats of the North American Hockey League improved to 3-3 last week. Former Bottineau-Rugby star Harrison Aide recorded three shots to help the Bobcats to a 3-1 at the Aberdeen (S.D.) Wings on Sept. 26.
The Wings took a 1-0 lead into the second period, where the Bobcats tied the game before scoring twice in the third. Bismarck outshot the host team 33-27.
Aide and former B-R standout Cody Longie each had three shots in a 4-2 loss to Central Division leader Austin Bruins on Sept. 27. Aide picked up an assist on a first-period goal to cut into Austin’s 2-0 lead. The Bobcats outshot their division foes 39-20.
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