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Paynesville Press - May 4, 2005

Golfers place second at home meet

By Michael Jacobson

The boys' golf team placed second at their home conference meet last week, finishing two strokes behind Albany in the six-team meet.

Albany had a four-golfer total of 160 on the front nine at Koronis Hills on Tuesday, April 26, while Paynesville's four-golfer total was 162. Sauk Centre was third (166), and Cathedral was fourth (167).

Junior Justin Bork led the Dogs with a one-over-par round of 37. He earned medalist honors for the first time at a conference meet. He was co-medalist last year in a nonconference meet at Melrose.

Ross Barten The Bulldogs have had the medalist at all three boys' meets so far this spring. Senior Mitchell Mackedanz, who had been the medalist at the first two WCC North meets this spring, finished in a four-way tie for third with a three-over-par round of 39 last week.

Besides the play of Bork and Mackedanz, the Dogs' team score improved by a more consistent showing from the entire team last week. In addition to Bork and Mackedanz, the Dogs had four golfers shoot in the 40s in the cold, windy weather last week.

Junior Ross Barten and eighth grader Zach Fuchs both shots 43s to complete the Dogs' team score.

Junior Ross Barten shot 43 at the home golf meet last week.

The Dogs had scores of 37, 39, 43, and 43 to complete their team score of 162. Albany had scores of 39, 39, 40, and 42 for their team score of 160.

With their second-place finish at home - the team's best finish in many years, according to coach Ron Fuchs - they moved into a tie for fourth place in the overall conference standings.

Through three meets - halfway through the conference slate of six meets - the Dogs are tied with Cathedral with nine points. Albany (15) is first, LPGE and Sauk Centre are tied at 13, and Melrose is last with four points. Teams get six points for finishing first at a meet, five for second, four for third, etc.

This week, the Dogs played in a conference meet at Melrose on Tuesday. Next week, they will play in a conference meet on Tuesday, May 10, at Long Prairie.

Team Scores
1. Albany 160
2. Paynesville 162
3. Sauk Centre 166
4. Cathedral 167
5. LPGE 172
6. Melrose 182

Individual Results
Paynesville - Justin Bork (1) 37; Mitchell Mackedanz (3) 39; Ross Barten 43; Zach Fuchs 43; Cody Flanders 46; Jeremy Schmidt 49; Matt Fuchs 50.

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