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Paynesville Press - June 1, 2005

Boys fail to advance to sections

By Michael Jacobson

No one from the Bulldogs boys' golf team qualified for the section meet, with senior Mitchell Mackedanz missing the section cut by one stroke.

The subsection meet was held in cold, windy, and wet conditions on Wednesday, May 25, at the Pebble Creek Golf Course in Becker.

Mackedanz led the Dogs with an 18-hole round of 85. The top two teams and top ten individuals (not including the teams) advanced to sections. The last section qualifier shot 84; Mackedanz tied for 17th at 85.

"It was 'one' of those days you always hear about in golf for Mitchell," said coach Ron Fuchs.

Mackedanz - who placed third at subsections last year, tied for second at sections, and took fourth at state - started fine, going into #8 at one-over-par, but he took a quadruple bogey on that par three and was eight-over-par on three holes. He bogeyed his last three holes to finish one stroke away from section advancement.

While coaches talked about postponing the meet a day due to the weather, the meet went on as planned, and it rained throughout the round, said Fuchs.

Mackedanz uses wind grips on his clubs, which "are great for cold and windy conditions, but if it rains they are terrible, and it rained the entire 18 holes," said Fuchs.

"Mitchell was a true professional, though," added Fuchs. "You could tell he was mad and upset, but he never blamed anybody or even the rain. It is just like him to act as a champion even when he missed going on by one stroke!"

Albany, which won the conference title, won the section title, with LPGE, another conference rival second by a stroke, 323-324. Other WCC North teams included Sauk Centre, fourth at 333; St. Cloud Cathedral, seventh at 352; and Paynesville, 12th at 371.

The Dogs had beaten LPGE twice this year, Sauk twice, and Cathedral three times. They had tied third-place NL-S at a home meet in April, though the Wildcats won the tiebreaker.

Mackedanz won the individual conference title this spring; at subsections, eight golfers that he defeated in the conference race placed in the top 15.

Junior Ross Barten was next for the Dogs with a 91, missing the section cut by seven strokes.

Junior Justin Bork shot 97, and senior Matt Fuchs - in his best varsity round - shot 98 to complete the Dogs' team score.

Eighth grader Zach Fuchs recorded a round of 105 for the Dogs, and senior Cody Flanders also ended his varsity golf career with a round of 112.

Team Scores
1. Albany 323
2. LPGE 324
3. New London-Spicer 327
4. Sauk Centre 333
5. Foley 338
6. St. John's Prep 343
7. St. Cloud Cathedral 352
8. Pierz 353
9. River Christian Academy 357
10. Milaca 358
11. Melrose 367
12. Paynesville 371
13. EV-W/Kimball 374
14. BBE 413
15. Browerville 451

Individual Results
Paynesville - Mitchell Mackedanz 85; Ross Barten 91; Justin Bork 97; Matt Fuchs 98; Zach Fuchs 105; Cody Flanders 112.

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