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Argent wins individual state title honors, Magi finish fourth

Robert Brewer/MDN Gavin Argent sinks a short putt on the first hole during Tuesday morning's Class A state golf meet in Bismarck.

The Minot Magicians golf team wrapped up its 2021 season in emphatic fashion Wednesday afternoon, as the team finished in fourth place in the Class A State Meet and saw one of its own take home a prestigious honor at Hawktree Golf Course in Bismarck.

After inclement weather in Bismarck forced a suspension of play June 8, the participating schools completed Tuesday’s Round 1 before also playing the regularly-scheduled Round 2. The Magi recorded a team score of 611 to finish fourth in the state, including a mark of 295 in the second round that was good for second-lowest of the 12 schools teeing off in the round.

Magi senior Gavin Argent, on the heels of his three previous medalist performances April 30, May 14 and June 1, shot a 73 in the first round and a second round-low 67 to finish with a final score of 140 and earn 2021 NDHSAA Class A Individual State Champion honors.

“I was trying to stay focused the whole time, we play with a lot of good guys who make good shots,” Argent said. “You can sometimes get caught up trying to chase and match their shots when you need to focus on yourself and on making the swing that you’ve practiced, and swinging that when all else fails.”

Argent credited his ability to focus in dealing with the weather-forced suspension, noting it was “unlike anything I’ve ever played in, definitely a new experience and a grind throughout.”

Peyton Bartsch (85-73–158) and Brock Jones (81-79–160) rounded out the top three for the Magi, and Kasen Rostad (85-76–161), Jacob Theis (81-84–165) and Henry Langhans (81-85–166) also placed for Minot in Bismarck.

For Argent, the award comes on the heels of a state championship game appearance with the Magi basketball squad he was also fortunate enough to be a part of, and the senior stressed how special it was to him to add his golf honors to his resume.

“It’s been a great year for everything,” he said. “I missed basketball last year because I had knee surgery and I missed golf because of COVID. It was good to get back out and end on a good note in both sports. I’ll remember it forever.”

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