MINOT, N.D.—In the eyes of Fargo Shanley senior Pat Traynor, two out of three ain't bad, and that wasn't a reference to the famous "Meatloaf" song. He was talking state titles.
Traynor finished third as an individual to help lead the Deacons to the team title at the North Dakota Class A state boys golf tournament Wednesday, June 8, at Souris Valley Golf Course. He shot a 3-over-par 75 on the second and final day to finish with a 145.
The Deacons carded a 302 on the second day to finish with a 603. They finished three strokes ahead of second-place West Fargo Sheyenne. Shanley has won two of the past three state titles, and finished second at the event last season.
"It would have been nice to win the team title last year and have three, but I will take two," Traynor said. "It obviously is a big deal. We had a sour taste in our mouth from last year."
Minot's Cody Reynolds took medalist honors, shooting a 72 on Day 2 to finish with a 141 over two days. Grand Forks Red River's Adam Van Raden shot a 69-73-142 to finish one stroke behind Reynolds, who had a chip-in birdie on No. 18.
Sheyenne shot a 299 on the first day, holding a two-shot edge on the Deacons heading into Wednesday. Shanley made up five strokes on the Mustangs on Day 2 to rally for the team title.
"They just stuck with it and didn't give up when they had a bad shot," Shanley head coach Don Johnson said of his team. "I think we played better than we played (Tuesday) for the conditions."
Traynor shot an even-par 36 on the front nine Wednesday, before he carded a 3-over-par 39 on the final nine, including a double-bogey on No. 12.
"Pat played well," Johnson said. "At one time he was leading, and then he had a little trouble on a hole. He fought back."
Lucas Johnson (77-72-149), Nick Carlson (76-77-153) and Jack Olson (78-78-156) rounded out the top four for the Deacons. Lucas Johnson finished fifth as an individual.
"These kids work so hard and this is the goal," Don Johnson said. "It was exciting right down until the end."
Traynor said Shanley's short game may have proved to be the difference in a tight team race.
"The big difference was the small, short putts," Traynor said. "Everyone was putting well."
Fargo Shanley 301-302-603, West Fargo Sheyenne 299-307-606, Minot 310-309-619, Fargo Davies 307-314-621, Grand Forks Red River 317-317-634, Bismarck 317-320-637, West Fargo 318-328-646, Grand Forks Central 315-331-646, Bismarck St. Mary's 315-333-648, Bismarck Century 322-341-663, Dickinson 326-345-671, Belcourt 336-344-680.