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Packer boys golfers finish 12th in Big Nine meet

The Austin boys golf team finished 12th out of 12 teams at the Big Nine meet in Rochester Tuesday.

The Packers were led by Mati Parada, who shot an 86 and Noah Bawek shot an 88.

The meet was played in rainy and soggy conditions.

“The weather got the best of us today,” Austin head coach Matt Raso said. “Playing in constant rain requires a higher level of focus than normal. We can’t use the weather as an excuse, we have played in worse conditions. Playing in weather like this isn’t fun, but these conditions will tell you who has the ability grind it out and deal with extra adversity.

Bawek had a rough start for the Packers as he shot a 50 his first nine, but he rebounded to shoot a 38 the rest of the way.

“I like to see that kind of fight out of him,” Raso said of Bawek. “We will continue to work hard to have a better showing in sections.” 

Team results: 1. Mankato West 318; 2. Red Wing 320; 3. Northfield 321; 4. Owatonna 335; 5. Rochester Mayo 336; 6. Rochester John Marshall 339; 7. Rochester Century 340; 8. Mankato East 341; 9. Winona 347; 10. Faribault 361; 11. Albert Lea 373; 12. Austin 382

Austin scoring: Mati Parada, 86; Noah Bawek, 88; Jake Halsey, 102; Chase Callahan, 106; Brayden Merritt, 106; Jordan Wilson, 110