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Paynesville Press - May 10, 2006

Bulldogs battle Sauk Centre at WCC golf meets

By Michael Jacobson

The Bulldogs boys' golf team shot their best round in conference play so far this season but still edged Sauk Centre by one stroke for seventh on Tuesday, May 2.

Playing at Melrose, the Dogs scored 172, beating their best conference total so far this spring by two strokes. Their previous best at a West Central Conference North meet was 174 at Wapicada Country Club in St. Cloud in April. The Dogs' best team score so far this season was 168 at a nonconference meet at Melrose in April.

Still, the Dogs edged Sauk Centre for seventh place in the eight-team conference meet 172-173.

Senior Justin Bork led the Dogs, finishing in a seven-way tie for ninth with a round of 39. Fifteen players at the meet shot in the 30s.

Sophomore Justin Hansen (42) and ninth grader Travis Wensmann (44) had season-best competitive rounds for the Dogs.

Ninth graders Zach Fuchs and Adam Youngs both shot 47s to complete the Dogs' team score.

The top five teams at this conference meet - Cathedral (150 or 37.5 strokes per man), NL-S (155 or 38.75), Minnewaska (155 or 38.75), Albany (157 or 39.25), and LPGE (160 or 40.0) - all averaged 40 strokes or less per man for their team score. Cathedral had five golfers shot rounds in the 30s.

This week, the Dogs played at a conference meet at Long Prairie on Tuesday. They will host ACGC in a nonconference dual meet on Wednesday, May 10, at 1 p.m. at Koronis Hills Golf Course. They will also play in a nonconference tournament at Sauk Centre on Saturday morning.

Next week, the Dogs will play in conference meets at Albany on Monday and at NL-S on Tuesday.

Team Scores
1. St. Cloud Cathedral 150
2. New London-Spicer 155
3. Minnewaska 155
4. Albany 157
5. LPGE 160
6. Melrose 169
7. Paynesville 172
8. Sauk Centre 173

Individual Results
Paynesville - Justin Bork (9) 39; Justin Hansen 42; Travis Wensmann 44; Zach Fuchs 47; Adam Youngs 47; Jeremy Schmidt 50; Matt Currens 57.

Minnewaska Meet
The Dogs tied with Sauk Centre at the WCCN meet at Minnewaska on Monday, May 1, but the Streeters took seventh on a tiebreaker.

Both the Dogs and Mainstreeters scored 178 with their top four golfers, but Sauk Centre's fifth score moved them into seventh place.

Senior Justin Bork tied for second at the meet, shooting 38, one stroke behind the medalist. Bork finished in a three-way tie for second at the meet. In all, ten golfers shot in the 30s at Peters Resort.

Ninth grader Zach Fuchs shot 44 for the Dogs, ninth grader Travis Wensmann shot 47, and sophomore Jeremy Schmidt shot 49 to complete the Dogs' team score.

The Dogs had to use a 58 for their fifth score, while Sauk had a 52 to win the tiebreaker.

Team Scores
1. Minnewaska 155
2. LPGE 160
3. St. Cloud Cathedral 161
4. New London-Spicer 164
5. Albany 166
6. Melrose 172
7. Sauk Centre 178
8. Paynesville 178

Individual Results
Paynesville - Justin Bork (2) 38; Zach Fuchs 44; Travis Wensmann 47; Jeremy Schmidt 49; Tanner Caldwell 58; Adam Youngs 59; Justin Hansen 62.

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