Junior Kyler Erdman entered the clubhouse just one shot away from medalist honors with a 39, tying for second individually and leading Little Falls to fifth place at the Becker Granite Ridge Conference (GRC) meet, April 24.
Senior Nathan Hoffman (46) and junior Landon Atkinson (47) were the next best Flyers finishers, followed by senior Landon Bjorge (50), junior Michael Orr (51) and senior Kyle Hemple (57).
“I think we (have) performed at an acceptable level the first (few) meets,” Little Falls head coach Joel Youngberg said. “There’s not a doubt in my mind that we’re capable of more, but I think the guys showed that they want to compete this year. Unfortunately, with the weather being what it has been so far this spring it hasn’t made it easy to head out the first couple meets and put up a really good score.”
The middle six teams out of the eight GRC schools were bunched just 12 strokes apart.
St. Cloud Cathedral widened its early season lead to 29 strokes over second place Becker and 33 over Little Falls and Zimmerman.
“Cathedral is just tough,” Youngberg said. “It doesn’t seem to matter who they put on the course, they’re going to come in with a good score. We, and all the other schools, are going to have to be much more consistent in our scoring. In the Granite Ridge Conference especially, there isn’t another school as deep as Cathedral.”
Getting a couple of a team’s players to shoot well on a given day isn’t much of an issue, Youngberg said. It’s getting consistent play out of four players that count toward team scores at the same time, and then duplicating it.
“There always seems to be a couple guys on every team that will consistently score well, but it’s the other two players’ scores that are needed to help hold the team score together,” he said. “In order for us to close the gap on Cathedral, we need to close the gap between scores on our own team.”
Rocheleau, Poster lead Pierz at LPGE meet
Pierz competed at the Long Prairie-Grey Eagle (LPGE) meet, April 25, led by junior Josh Rocheleau and freshman Nathan Poster with matching rounds of 104. The Pioneers had an incomplete team lineup.
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