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September 16, 2013

Kings drop one spot in MAC

KEWANEE, Ill. -- There was little for Clinton to complain about Saturday on the second day of the Mississippi Athletic Conference boys golf tournament.

The River Kings trimmed six strokes off their first-day score on a gorgeous day at Kewanee Dunes Golf Course. The only negative was that all but two other schools also shaved strokes off their scores, and one of them -- Davenport Central -- played well enough day to pass the River Kings in the team standings.

“Our goal was to improve certainly from yesterday, and we did that,” Clinton coach Paul Niedermeyer said. “We wanted to move up and catch North Scott, which obviously we didn’t do. The fact (was) that Central overtook us, but they did what we wanted to do -- shoot that 330 round or something like that.”

The Blue Devils shot a 331 on Saturday for a two-day 683 total, moving into seventh place ahead of Clinton and its 349-343--692 total.

“That was disappointing for us, but that’s the way the ball bounces sometimes,” Niedermeyer said. “All we can do is put this behind us, and we’ve got a couple of meets coming up ... learn from this, look for improvement and see what happens the rest of the season.”

Senior Ryan Rursch said: “I’m sad to see the team didn’t place as well as we should have. Everybody in the MAC knows that we’re a better team than what we finished up today, but that’s golf, I guess.”

Rursch showed the greatest improvement Saturday. After an opening-round 93 on Friday that didn’t even figure into Clinton’s total, he came back with a team-best 83 on Saturday.

“Last year (on the same course), I didn’t shoot as well the first day, and I came back the second day and shot pretty well, so I thought today I could do the same thing,” he said. “I was just looking for something a little better than an 83, but I guess walking away with an 83 wasn’t the end of the world. ... I didn’t deserve to walk off with any hardware, but I thought I played pretty well today.”

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