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Rugby second in first meet

By Staff | Apr 25, 2014

Tim Chapman/PCT Rugby High School senior Jack McClintock follows through on a chip at practice earlier this season at Rugby Golf Club.

The Rugby High School boys golf team opened its season with a second-place finish at Garrison Golf Course on Tuesday.

The Panthers’ top four shot a collective 331 in the nine-team field of Region 4 competition. Northern Lights took first with 315 and Bottineau was third at 368.

Rugby was led by senior Jack McClintock’s 77 at the 3,074-yard, nine-hole course. Westhope-Newburg senior Hunter Braaten fired the top score with a 74. Northern Lights sophomore Dalton Poitra was second with 75 and McClintock and NL junior Casey Julson tied for third.

“I’m shaking some of the rust off, I guess,” McClintock said. “I had a couple bad shots that I’d like to take back, but I’ll take some positives out of it. I had a lot of good wedge shots onto the green, but I need to work on my putting and driving for sure.”

RHS senior Benji Miller was second on the team with an 81 and described the greens as “really fast.” The doglegs in three of the fairways presented good challenges for a first meet. Miller was especially pleased with his front-9 play.

“I wasn’t able to stay all that consistent,” he said. “My putting struggled and I wasn’t able to hit the greens in regulation, but I didn’t expect that I’d be playing this well. My front 9 I was just doing a lot of things right. Second 9, it kind of fell apart a little bit.”

Teams can play only six players at most away meets. Junior Nathan Jacobson shot 85, junior Noah Kraft 88, sophomore Levi Pollman 94 and junior Brady Fossum 99.

“I thought the guys competed pretty well,” RHS coach Gary Myhre said. “It was pretty wind, but I thought they played well.

Myhre anticipated keeping some of that lineup, but working in a different set of players for Thursday’s meet in Velva.

“I didn’t think with the group of guys that we had that we’d shoot what we did, but the guys pulled through and we did really well for our first meet,” Miller said.

The Panthers host their own meet today beginning at about 10:30 a.m. at Rugby Golf Club.

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