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Jeff Kolpack, Published June 12 2012

Golfers with Spuds ties leaving their marks at The Meadows

MOORHEAD – The Meadows Golf Course opened for business in 1994. Lately, a trio of local golfers with Moorhead High ties is playing it like they mean business.

Pat Dietz shot a 62 last week to claim the course record from the blue tees. He overtook Moorhead High senior Ben Welle, who had the record for about a month.

Bryant Buckellew, Welle’s teammate at Moorhead, has the record from the white tees with a 63. The tees from shortest to farthest go white, blue, black.

“We all want to have the course record,” Dietz said. “That being said, when you play with these guys, you want them to break it. I’m happy for them when they do something like that.”

At one point, everybody was happy for Dietz: He had all three course records. He still shares the record from the black tees with Andy Doeden with a 65.

“The battle began about three years ago,” said Corey Herlickson, the head professional at Meadows. “I honestly feel like there’s a huge competition among all the guys, and they just find a nice day and decide to go out and try to break a record. Somehow their game comes together and they end up breaking it.”

It doesn’t hurt that all three work at the course. Herlickson has had to change the course record sign six times in the last three years.

Dietz, who just graduated from Concordia College, was 4 under on the front nine holes in his record round. He birdied No. 10 and then went birdie-eagle-birdie on 12, 13 and 14.

“I thought that was a big stretch,” said Deitz, a former Spuds golfer.

Buckellew carded a 29 on the back nine in his record round. The key in going deep like that, Herlickson said, is putting.

There’s no room for three-putt holes. Buckellew, for instance, rarely two-putted.

“It was fun watching him make 20-footer after 20-footer,” Dietz said.

Forum reporter Jeff Kolpack can be reached at (701) 241-5546. Kolpack’s NDSU media blog can be found at www.areavoices.com/bisonmedia