Magi finish 2nd at East-West Classic

JAMESTOWN – Minot High’s boys golf team comfortably took home second place at the East-West Classic on Saturday.

The Magicians boasted a final tally of 644, which was nine shots clear of third place Fargo Davies, but 24 shots off the pace set by Fargo Shanley.

“It’s kind of strange feeling,” Minot coach Shane Hannegrefs said. “You feel you could have done better and then when you look at the overall picture, and how everyone played, we did pretty well. We know what we have to work on. We know we can play better. It was nice to play against some of the top teams from the East so we can gauge where we are at in relation to them. It gives us familiarity with a team like Fargo Shanley. We didn’t gain ground today, but we kept it close today.”

Minot trailed by 20 strokes after Round 1, but only fell four more shots behind the Deacons during a much more difficult Day 2.

“It really got windy (on Saturday),” Hannegrefs said. “It was cold in the morning when we started and far colder than what some anticipated, so it played longer. There are some real tough holes out here and with an east wind that caught a lot of kids off guard.”

Sophomore Kessler Heilman was the only Magician to shoot a lower second-round total (81) as opposed to his first-round total (84).

“He didn’t have his best stuff and he gritted it out and held it together,” Hannegrefs said. “His final nine holes were just pars and bogeys. It was a solid finish from him.”

Senior Cody Reynolds paced Minot with a third-place finish after carding two rounds in the 70s (75 and 77) for a total of 152. Reynolds was just two shots off Shanley’s Nick Carlson, who won the event.

“(Reynolds) is hitting the ball great,” Hannegrefs said. “Once his flat stick warms up he’s going to post some really good numbers. He was staring at a lot birdies this weekend and it just didn’t drop for him. He two-putted quite often. It just didn’t go in the hole. He’s right there. I think he’s actually playing better than he did last year, the score is just not reflecting it yet and a lot of that is just putting.”

Senior Cole Nelson placed second for Minot with a score of 164. Sophomore Spencer Ross placed third on the team, firing a 165.

Shanley boasted three of the top four individuals, all three of which shot each round in the 70s.

“Their chipping and putting was really good the first day,” Hannegrefs said. “At the end of the day there’s a lot of things going on, but 40 percent of your shots are on the green or within five yards from the green and they were better in that area over the two days than we were.”

The Magicians travel to the St. Mary’s Invitational on Friday.

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