By TIM CHAPMAN
Minot High School boys golf coach Scott Foltz said it hadn't quite sunk in Monday that this week is his last one leading the Magicians.
After 11 seasons, Foltz will resign following the two-day Class A state tournament, which begins at 9 a.m. today at the Dakota Winds Golf Course in Hankinson.
"It's kind of mixed emotions," Foltz said after Monday's practice round. "I'm excited for the state tournament and fired up for it, but it is kind of sad to know in two days it'll be done and I'll have to hand it off."
Foltz, 43, is planning to spend more time focused on his kids' athletic careers. He will assist the girls program and his daughter Marley, a 13-year-old golfer. Shane Hannegrefs will replace Foltz.
Foltz set high goals this season and believes his team can send him and the seniors off with a top-three finish at the 6,950-yard links course.
"Our goal from the beginning of the season is we want to finish in the top three and that hasn't changed," Foltz said. "We just really feel that (we can) if we can play our game."
Foltz listed Fargo Shanley, Bismarck Century and Bismarck High as favorites, but is confident the Magicians can improve on their third-place finish at last week's West Region tournament.
Teams battled high winds in Monday's practice rounds and got a feel for the large fairways and difficult rough.
"The first cut is nice, but after that, the rest of the rough is pretty thick," Foltz said.
Freshman Cody Reynolds has led the Magicians lately and was one of three players tied for fourth (74) in the West Region tournament at Heart River Golf Course in Dickinson.
"My goal is to get in the top 10 and I've been hitting pretty good shots, hitting the fairways and the greens," Reynolds said. "(The practice round) went pretty well. It was really windy and I shot an 83 and I think that's a decent round for how bad the conditions were with the wind."
Senior Tyler Kast is also shooting for a top-10 finish.
"It's a lot longer than most of the courses that we've played, but considering everybody has to go through it the same we should be fine tomorrow," Kast said.
Kast said the team hopes to get Foltz a trophy.
Foltz is hoping for a couple more memories. As the coach of Bishop Ryan in 2000, Foltz oversaw his only state champion in Jason Merck.
He also fondly remembers when Minot High's Cody Duchscherer birdied the last hole of his high school career in 2009 at Dakota Winds. Duchscherer finished second overall in the state and MHS was fourth as a team.
"We set our goals high this year and I just want to make sure I leave it on the course," Foltz said. "I don't want to feel like I could've done better."