By PATRICK SLACK
Following a month-long weather layoff that forced golfers to hit into nets instead of on the course, a few meets to shake off the rust were to be expected.
Someone forgot to tell Dustin Herold.
Three meets into the Central Minnesota Conference (CMC) season, the Pierz senior has earned medalist honors twice and taken second once, posting scores of 41 or better in every outing.
“Dustin has been around for a long time,” Pierz head coach Chris Dobis said. “He is using his experience early on this year. He keeps things very simple on the golf course, he doesn’t get too high or too low. I am not at all surprised with the start he is off to.
“Dustin’s course management has been excellent early on,” he said. “He knows when to attack, and when to play it safe.”
The Pioneers opened the season at home, May 2, with Herold finishing one shot off the pace with a round of 40.
He then went on to take home medalist honors at Monday’s Osakis meet with a score of 41, duplicating the feat Tuesday at Maple Lake with a 39 to lead Pierz to fourth as a team through the first three competitions.
“Dustin has set some pretty high, but achievable, goals for himself this year,” Dobis said. “He is trying to win a conference championship, advance to the second day of sections and position himself within the section to make a run at a state tournament. There is no question Dustin can reach these goals.”
Junior Evan Woitalla followed Herold with a 43 at the Pierz meet, while junior Matt Athman and sophomore Josh Rocheleau each posted rounds of 50.
Rocheleau was the second-leading scorer for the Pioneers at Osakis with a 48, while Woitalla posted a 43 and eighth-grader Nathan Poster fired a 48 at Maple Lake.