By PATRICK SLACK
Pierz senior Dustin Herold missed taking home medalist honors by just one stroke three times this spring.
Of course, in the other four Central Minnesota Conference (CMC) meets, he claimed top honors.
And with a runner-up round of 39 at the Rockford Area meet, May 23, Herold’s season of small scores produced big dividends, as he clinched the CMC individual championship.
“After last season, Dustin and I talked about trying to improve on managing the golf course and improving his putting from inside 15 feet,” Pierz head coach Chris Dobis said. “This spring you could tell he was much improved in both areas. I truly believe these were the two things that led him to a conference title.
“He is very good at taking what the courses gives him,” he said. “I was impressed with the fact that he really never had an off day during the conference schedule, but not at all surprised.”
Pierz tied for second in the meet, finishing the CMC season in fourth place, two strokes out of third place and 11 back of second.
Junior Evan Woitalla trailed Herold with a 44, followed by sophomores Ethan Lochner (45) and Josh Rocheleau (47), junior Matt Athman (49) and eighth-grader Nathan Poster (58).
Pierz tunes up for sections at Cardinal Invite
Pierz completed regular season play at Wednesday’s Staples Motley Cardinal Invite, earning eighth place.
Herold shot a 75 and Woitalla turned in an 85 to lead the Pioneers.
Hawks earns medalist honors at Melrose Dutchmen Invite
Sophomore Jessica Hawks delivered an 18-hole score of 87, winning medalist honors and leading the Pierz girls to seventh place at the Melrose Dutchmen Invite, May 23, then shot an 89 as Pierz took 12th at Wednesday’s St. Cloud Cathedral Invite.
Hines paces LF at Becker
Freshman Reed Hines carded a 79 to lead Little Falls to a tie for 10th place at the Becker Bulldog Invite, May 24.
Little Falls and Pierz will compete in the Section 6AA tournament in Sartell, Monday – Tuesday.