A fine finish
Rugby eighth grader Jack McClintock’s second trip to the Class B state boys golf meet went much better than the first.
McClintock carded a 36-hole total of 170 at the two-day tournament in Carrington last week. That was 13 strokes fewer than his score a season ago.
“I was pretty happy with my play,’ said McClintock. “My 83 (on day one) was the best round I had this year.”
The round featured a stretch of good play on the back nine where Jack went 1-under par during the last five holes.
“I was very pleased with him,’ said Rugby coach Gary Myhre. “He represented the school and program very well. “I thought the course set up well for him and he played within himself.”
McClintock admits he isn’t a long ball hitter, but used a strong short game to make up strokes around the green. “My chipping was pretty good both days,’ he said.
Myhre said on day one Jack made a few long putts, but on day two the short putts just weren’t falling for him. If they would have dropped, Jack’s score would have been even lower.
The meet provided him good experience he will carry with him into next season.
“He definitely has goals in mind in the future and if he continues to work at his game that will bode well for him,’ Myhre said.
Leeds’ Young finishes with 155
Leeds sophomore Darren Young got the start he wanted at the Class B meet, firing a first day score of 74 and just one stroke off the lead and in good position to earn a top 10 finish.
Unfortunately, struggles on day two prevented Young from reaching his goal of an all-state finish. Young fired a 81 on day two for a 155 total.
He can take some solace in knowing that score was 10 strokes better than a year ago at the state meet.
Valley City takes title
Valley City had three golfers finish in the top 10, including medalist, and cruised to the Class B team title on June 2 in Carrington. The Hi-Liners had a 36-hole total of 604 – well ahead of runner-up Hazen.
VC’s Nick Jenson earned medalist honors with a 144, highlighted by a four-under round 68 on day two.
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