Coaches report: Minot boys golf HC Shane Hannegrefs

At 10 a.m. on Friday morning, the Minot High boys golf team expects to compete in the Dickinson invite.

Heading into this competition, the Magicians have already participated in five meets this spring, winning the Minot Invite on April 30 and placing second in the other four. In 2019, the Magi came away with a WDA West Region championship.

The Minot Daily News reached out the golf head coach Shane Hannegrefs to get his perspective on how the club has fared in 2021 and what improvements he would like to see as the season progresses. Here is what Hannegrefs had to say via email.

MDN: Has the team met your expectations to this point in the season?

Hannegrefs: We played well in tough conditions at the East-West in Jamestown. Besides that, we have not met our expectations yet. We have played well in stretches during a round but have had too many double or triple bogeys each round to meet expectations so far. Once we get that cleaned up, we have a chance to win each time we compete.

MDN: After four second place finishes and winning the Minot Invite, what has been the key to the team’s consistency?

Hannegrefs: We have pretty good depth in our line up so if one player struggles we have others who play well enough to post competitive scores. That has kept us near the leaders.

MDN: Gavin Argent has had a great stretch so far, what makes him such an outstanding golfer?

Hannegrefs: Right now, Gavin has been grinding his way to stay near the top of the leaderboard. His putting many rounds has been good but not consistent enough to put him on top where he expects to be. The exception to that was our home tournament where his ball striking out him in great position to make pars and eliminate mistakes.

MDN: Besides Argent, who else has performed exceptionally well this spring?

Hannegrefs: Kasen Rostad had a great tournament in Jamestown, but we have had to play the last three events without him in the lineup. Peyton Bartsch has been our most consistent players beside Gavin. He has been able to avoid big mistakes and has several top 10 finishes so far.

MDN: What areas would you like the club to improve on as the season continues?

Hannegrefs: We need to improve on recovery when in trouble off the tee. We are compounding mistakes and taking too many doubles and triples. Our putting and wedge play is always a focus. The weather is always a factor, and we need to judge wind and ball flight better.


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