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October 9, 2013

Golf: A tough day on links for River Kings

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“I think we had trouble adjusting to the greens,” Niedermeyer said. “They were a little bumpier, and we didn’t make good adjustments to those.”

Luett did adjust eventually and ended his round par-par-birdie-par-par, from the eighth through the 12th hole.

“As I got farther in the round, I hit the ball off the tee a lot better,” he said. “On No. 10 (a 349-yard par 4), I had a very good tee shot, probably my best all day. I didn’t hit my wedge quite hard enough, but I was on the green, and I made a 35-foot birdie putt.”

Junior David Orte recorded Clinton’s third-best score, a 91.

“David hasn’t played a lot of varsity meets, and that is his best (varsity score),” Niedermeyer said.

“No holes stick out; I was pretty consistent on every hole,” Orte said. “My iron play went really well today. I tried to keep the ball in the fairway, and when I got close, tried to get on the greens.”

Senior Ryan Rursch rounded out the scoring group with a 92, a score that disappointed him for his final round for the River Kings.

”I guess I was more disappointed in the fact I was 3-over after nine holes, then kind of fell apart,” he said. “I thought I let the team down. I missed three or four tap-ins. The team could have used me.

”I thought I’d go out with a bang, and I really didn’t. I left a lot of shots out there. I hit my driver well and my irons decent, but I had trouble with my short game.”

Junior Koby Cleary (93) and senior Aaron Henry (103) rounded out the lineup.

”It was a pretty tough way of going out,” Henry said. “I had some trouble around the greens and chipping. I duffed 13 or 14 chips, but my goal today was to have fun and play golf.”

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