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McClintock wins second region title

By Staff | May 23, 2014

Jack McClintock is a step closer to stepping out of rival Nick Myhre’s shadow.

McClintock, a senior golfer at Rugby High School, won his second straight Region 4 individual title May 16 at Harvey Golf Course.

Myhre, a senior for Northern Lights, is the defending Class B state champion. The two are usually paired together at No. 1 throughout the regular season and region play.

McClintock remained steady after a triple bogey on Hole 16 and finished with a 74 (35-39) to hold off Myhre by two strokes.

“It feels pretty good because that’s the last tournament going into the state tournament,” McClintock said. “A win gives you pretty good confidence knowing you can compete.”?McClintock will make a bid for a state title alongside his teammates as RHS advanced with a second-place finish behind Northern Lights. The Comets won the region meet at 336, one stroke better than the Panthers. Our Redeemer’s Christian School was third at 350.

“I can look at it and be upset that we were within one stroke, but my goal going into the meet was just qualifying for state,” RHS coach Gary Myhre said. “I’ve seen too many things happen at a region qualifier.”

Gary Myhre (no relation) saw his team comfortably place in the top three needed to advance to the state tournament at Rose Creek Golf Course in Fargo on Tuesday and Wednesday. Rose Creek is a 72-par, 18-hole course at 6,616 yards. Myhre said it’s important to hit the ball straight on the course with ample water and bunkers.

McClintock played the course for the first time earlier this month and is confident in his abilities there. He noted the par-5, third hole having water on both sides.

“Other than a couple holes that play pretty tough, I think it’s a relatively easy course,” McClintock said. “It’s one that you can score on if you play well. There’s a lot of water, there’s a lot of bunkers, but it sets up for me pretty well.”

Nick Myhre has played better in past state tournaments, and Dickinson Trinity sophomore Willy Jahner will also provide stiff competition. Jahner won Region 5 with a 68 at Bully Pulpit Golf Course in Medora. McClintock (159) was third behind Jahner (158) and Myhre (156) at the East-West Shootout earlier this season in Jamestown.

“I think Jack’s a big-time performer,” Gary Myhre said. “I think he’ll do very well. I’m hoping he can get up and stay real tight with the guys, so he doesn’t have to go for broke like last year. I’ll tell you what, he’s such a steady competitor and having him win back-to-back Region 4 medalist honors is quite something.”

McClintock finished eighth at last year’s state tournament with a two-day score of 156 at Prairie West Golf Course in Mandan. The Panthers took ninth as a team and Gary Myhre thinks his team is stronger this year.

He cited strong teams like Oak Grove and Central Cass out of the eastern part of the state as contenders and noted Northern Lights having beat Dickinson Trinity by a handful of strokes at the East-West Shootout.

“If we can get that close to Northern Lights – and I think they can win the whole thing – I like our chances of finishing in the top five,” Gary Myhre said. “It might be lofty, but I’m going for it.”

The Panthers will play a practice round at Rose Creek on Monday.

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