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Boys take second twice

By Staff | May 2, 2014

Tim Chapman/PCT Rugby High School senior Brody Haakenson follows through on a putt at practice earlier this season at Rugby Golf Course.

Rugby High School senior Jack McClintock earned his first individual medal of the season with a 73 on April 24 at the Velva Invite at Star City Golf Course.

McClintock battled high winds, rain and hail toward the end of the round to bring the Panthers the top spot. The St. Cloud State signee’s round included just one 3-putt, which came on the last hole with hail falling.

“I remember last year I didn’t get my first win until the regional, so I know getting a first-place finish early gives you a lot of confidence.” McClintock said.

McClintock beat out rival senior Nick Myhre of Northern Lights by two strokes. NL sophomore Dalton Poitra was third (76) and RHS senior Benji Miller cracked the top 5, finishing fifth with 80.

“It was windy and cold, but we are used to that,” RHS coach Gary Myhre (no relation) said. “It was a tough day, but the kids played well.”

Myhre lauded the play of senior Brody Haakenson, who shot 98, good for third on the team. Haakenson’s play remained consistent as he dropped a stroke off his score at the Rugby Invitational two days later.

“My driving was perfect,” Haakenson said. “The iron shots were great, but the putter was struggling. I’d like to get better at putting.”

Haakenson said a good round for him at this point is around 95.

Nick Myhre and McClintock switched spots atop the leaderboard in the second meet of the week. Myhre excelled at Rugby Golf Course with a 74 to edge McClintock by two strokes.

“It was a fun round,” McClintock said. “Nick and I battled.”

Miller was third on the day with an 84, Poitra was fourth at 86 and Northern Lights junior Casey Julson took fifth with 90.

RHS junior Nate Jacobson was third for the Panthers with a 93. Haakenson was fourth and Brady Fossum impressed the coach with a 98.

The Panthers competed Thursday and travel for the first Class B East-West Classic today at Jamestown Country Club.

“I’m looking forward to seeing what (the course is) like and what the other competition is out of the region,” McClintock said.

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