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Paynesville Press - May 19, 2004

Golfers record season-best finish

By Michael Jacobson

The Bulldogs boys' golf team recorded their best finish of the spring at a 18-hole invitational at Sauk Centre on Saturday, finishing third out of 12 teams.

Paced by junior Mitchell Mackedanz, who earned medalist honors, the Dogs beat conference rivals LPGE and Cathedral, subsection rivals Annandale and New London-Spicer, and Class AA schools Alexandria and Willmar.

Sauk Centre and Albany, also conference rivals, both recorded four-golfer totals of 327, with Sauk edging Albany for the title. Paynesville finished six strokes back at 333, beating LPGE by two shots and Willmar by three.

"The boys had a great score and beat some good teams," said coach Todd Knudsvig.

Mackedanz earned medalist honors for the fourth time this spring, shooting a three-over-par round of 75 over 18 holes. "His hard work has really been paying off for him," Knudsvig added.

The Bulldogs had a good team effort, with all five players under 92. Sophomore Justin Bork finished two strokes away from the top five with a round of 81. Sophomore Ross Barten shot 87, junior Cody Flanders shot 90, and seventh grader Zach Fuchs shot 92.

This week, the Dogs played their last conference meet at Albany on Monday. Next week, they will play in the subsection meet at Becker on Wednesday, May 26.

Team Scores
1. Sauk Centre 327
2. Albany 327
3. Paynesville 333
4. LPGE 335
5. Willmar 336
6. Annandale 343
7. NL-S 345
8. Alexandria 353
9. St. Cloud Cathedral 356
10. Melrose 365
11. Sauk Centre B 373
12. St. John's Prep 382

Individual Results
Paynesville - Mitchell Mackedanz (1) 75; Justin Bork 81; Ross Barten 87; Cody Flanders 90; Zach Fuchs 92.

The Bulldogs escaped the cellar in the WCC North with their best conference finish of the spring on Tuesday, May 11, at Long Prairie.

The Bulldogs finished fourth at the meet and moved into fifth place in the overall conference standings. Albany won the meet, with Sauk Centre and LPGE two strokes back. Paynesville, at 173, beat Cathedral by two strokes for fourth place.

In the overall conference standings, the Dogs passed Melrose to move into fifth place. The Dogs (10) lead Melrose (9) by one point with one conference meet to go.

Bork and Mackedanz led the Dogs with rounds of 42 in windy conditions at Long Prairie. They tied for seventh individually.

Fuchs shot 44, and Barten shot 45 to complete the Dogs' team score.

Team Scores
1. Albany 162
2. Sauk Centre 164
3. LPGE 164
4. Paynesville 173
5. Cathedral 175
6. Melrose 188

Individual Results
Paynesville - Mackedanz (7) 42; Bork (7) 42; Fuchs 44; Barten 45; Flanders 52; Neil Symanietz 57; Nick Nelson 58.

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