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Jeff Kolpack, Published July 01 2009

Kid club: Bison coach applauds Anderson's work ethic, calls him 'a coach's dream'

The kid is a coach’s dream, and he has yet to play for a varsity coach. Word in the golf course circles is nobody works harder than Nathan Anderson.

When he enrolls at North Dakota State this fall, Bison head coach Billy Iverson won’t have to worry about Anderson making practice on time. It may be the reverse.

“Nobody in the state works harder than he does,” said Dale Helm, Anderson’s swing coach. “Unbelievable. He’s just phenomenal.”

Helm, from Mayville, N.D., has worked with several top golfers over the years and Anderson is the latest hot prospect. The home-schooled student from Oxbow, N.D., has a summer job like a lot of kids, but he doesn’t get paid for it.

He goes to Oxbow Country Club at 8 a.m., takes a lunch break around noon and doesn’t leave until about 5 p.m. He hits somewhere around 200 to 300 balls a day.

“Because I can’t stand not being the best that I can be,” Anderson said. “I need to figure out what I need to figure out.”

Iverson, who works at Oxbow, doesn’t need to be convinced. He often sees Anderson and his sister, Amy Anderson, putting or chipping when he gets to the course.

“A coach’s dream,” Iverson said.

This week, Nathan Anderson was still disappointed he didn’t defend his North Dakota Golf Association state stroke play title at the Grand Forks Country Club. An opening-round 81 was his worst score in over two years.

He did rebound with a 72, the lowest round of the second day. It was a brutal weekend fighting strong winds that caused golfers to alter shot selection by as much as three clubs.

“I gave it my best shot so I can’t go back and say I wish I did this or I wish I did that,” Anderson said. “Yes, I’m disappointed I didn’t win but I’m not disappointed with my effort.”

Anderson has been working with Helm for the last four years. He sees him about once a week for a half a day.

“His attitude is always positive,” Helm said. “He’s always upbeat. You suggest something and he’s anxious to please and subsequently he’s gotten to be a very good player.”

Among his accomplishments are winning the Minnesota Player’s Cup in 2006 and The Birchmont last year. He was the low amateur at last year’s North Dakota Bobcat Open.

He, along with Amy, signed their NDSU letters of intent last fall and will be carrying a team golf bag for the first time.

“That is going to be a lot of fun,” Nathan Anderson said. “And plus, we get to go to a lot of nice places. Right now what I’m thinking is getting my game to the best it can be so once I get into college golf that I’ll be ready.”

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