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|Paynesville Press - May 19, 2004|
Golfers record season-best finish
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.
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.
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