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Boys team ready to swing

By Staff | Apr 18, 2014

Tim Chapman/PCT Rugby High School junior Nathan Jacobson practices chipping at Rugby Golf Course on Monday.

Monday was frigid by golf standards, but the Rugby High School golf team bundled up in order to get some valuable chipping practice in at Rugby Golf Course.

The Panthers wrapped up the session with some competitive putting. Each player had to two-putt from across the green to get out of the drill. Miss in two and back in the line.

Getting creative and being patient are needed early in the season, especially after the area was hit with more light snow early Wednesday.

“I’m always checking at the golf course every day to see how much snow has melted,” RHS senior Jack McClintock said. “It always seems to stay the same, but it’s getting there.”

WIth warmer weather upon us, the course should be ready for the Panthers to host a tournament April 26.

The seasons is set to open Tuesday in Garrison, followed by a tournament in Velva on Thursday. McClintock is the Panther to watch as he looks to improve on his eighth-place finish at the state tournament last year. He took second in the regional qualifier behind eventual state champion Nick Myhre (Rolette) of Northern Lights.

“It drives you even more,” said McClintock, who was third at state as a sophomore. “We’re always competing in summer tournaments.”

Northern Lights took fourth as a team at state, five spots ahead of the Panthers. Both figure to be near the top of Region 4 again.

“There were some good teams last year that didn’t seem to lose a lot,” Northern Lights coach Corey Davis said. “I expect Rugby to be right up there. Harvey should be up there. Ryan has some talented kids and hopefully we should be right in it.”

RHS coach Gary Myhre (no relation) said his team was without seniors in recent years, but has four this season with McClintock, Benjamin Miller, Caleb Hershey and Brock Haakenson.

“We have a good group of kids,” Gary Myhre said. “Northern Lights is loaded, so they’ve got to be No. 1. I’m hoping we to still scrounge out second and be top-10 again at state.”

Myhre was pleased with the practice his older players got last summer and confidence is strong throughout his lineup.

“Benji (Miller) put some time in last summer and he will shoot decent scores, if his mind is right,” McClintock said. “Caleb is improving and was out there a lot last summer, so that will contribute to his scores.”

Miller said Haakenson’s return from a foot injury will bolster the team score.

“I could see us being in the top seven (at state) this year,” Miller said. “Jack can hit par and I’m a consistent low 80s, and if Caleb has a good day he can shoot low 80s.”

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