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Paynesville Press - May 25, 2005

Golfers finish second at last conference meet

By Michael Jacobson

The Bulldogs boys' golf team finished second at their last conference meet at Albany on Monday, April 16.

The Dogs shot 163, six shots behind first-place Albany, but edging Cathedral (164) and LPGE (164) for second.

Senior Mitchell Mackedanz led the Dogs with a round of 39, finishing fourth overall at the meet, a stroke behind the three co-medalists. Senior Cody Flanders and junior Ross Barten added 41s for the Dogs, and eighth grader Zach Fuchs shot 42.

Mackedanz wrapped up the individual conference title with his round at Albany. For individual scoring, only the best five scores are used. Mackedanz had two 37s, two 39s, a 40, and a 42 in the six conference meets this spring.

In the five that count towards the individual standings, he averaged 38.4 strokes per round. He won the individual conference title by five strokes over Brent Egan of Sauk Centre and earned All Conference for the third straight year. Last year, Mackedanz was the individual conference runner-up and placed fourth in Class A at state.

The top ten individuals earned All Conference honors. Junior Justin Bork finished 15th individually (five strokes out of All Conference), Fuchs finished 20th and Flanders 21st (both seven strokes out of All Conference), and Barten finished 25th (17 stokes out of All Conference).

As a team, the Dogs finished fifth in the conference standings. They placed second at home and at Albany, fourth at St. Cloud, fifth at LPGE and Melrose, and sixth at Sauk Centre. Albany (32 points) won the conference title, followed by LPGE (24), Cathedral (24), Sauk Centre (21), Paynesville (18), and Melrose (7).

This week, the Dogs will start their playoffs with the subsection meet at the Pebble Creek Golf Course in Becker on Wednesday, May 25. Play started at 8:30 a.m.

Next week, if the team or any individuals advance, they will compete at the section tournament at Rich-Spring Golf Course between Richmond and Cold Spring on Tuesday, May 31, at 8:30 a.m.

Team Scores
1. Albany 157
2. Paynesville 163
3. Cathedral 164
4. LPGE 164
5. Sauk Centre 170
6. Melrose 182

Individual Results
Paynesville - Mitchell Mackedanz (4) 39; Ross Barten 41; Cody Flanders 41; Zach Fuchs 42; Justin Bork 46; Tyler Wendroth 55; Matt Fuchs 57.

NL-S Invitational
The Bulldogs finished 14th in the 22-team New London-Spicer Invitational, an 18-hole meet at Little Crow Coutry, on Friday.

Senior Mitchell Mackedanz tied for fifth with a round of 77.

Junior Justin Bork shot 87, senior Cody Flanders 89, and eighth grader Zach Fuchs 93 to complete the Dogs' team score.

Team Scores
1. Glencoe-Silver Lake 311
2. Annandale 316
3. Albany 318
4. LPGE 321
5. New London-Spicer 324
Sauk Rapids-Rice 324
7. Willmar Red 328
8. Becker 330
9. ACGC 335
Foley 335
11. Rockford 336
12. St. Cloud Cathedral 337
13. NL-S Gold 342
14. Paynesville 346
15. McLeod West 362
16. Mayer Lutheran 366
17. BBE 385
18. Maple Lake 392
19. Buffalo Lake-Hector 405
20. Howard Lake-Waverly 408
21. Sauk Centre
22. Lester Prairie

Individual Results
Paynesville - Mitchell Mackedanz (5) 77; Justin Bork 87; Cody Flanders 89; Zach Fuchs 93; Ross Barten 100; Matt Fuchs 101.

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