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Youngest St. Mary's Varsity Golfer Doesn't Stop With the End of the Season

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Most seventh graders are excited for school to be out for the summer, so they kick back and relax.
But for Cole Herbel, when school gets out for the summer he is still working, on his golf game that is.
Ashley St. Louis has the story.

That ball sails on average, two hundred and sixty yards.
The strength behind it, a thirteen year old.
Cole Herbel is heading into eighth grade next year, and as a result of his hard work, has already accomplished
what is usually done by only high school students-- play varsity golf.
After winning his first middle school event by 10 strokes, Herbel was asked by St. Mary's head golf coach Jared Kopp if he would like to join the team.
Jared Kopp says, "I was expecting him to be really shy but no he fit in well with the guys right away, got in, started playing putting games, and competing at practice with them right away, so it was a pretty smooth process I feel like."
Herbel says, "They did bring me in with open arms, they're bigger kids and stuff but when I got to know them it wasn't so bad."
Playing on varsity was a big accomplishment, but after a few tournaments, the eye was on the prize, playing in the state tournament, and going head to head with the best high schoolers in North Dakota.
"That was an interesting experience, you know it was a lot of fun to play at state, I mean it was a good course, pretty tight though." says Herbel.
Herbel shot an 84 on day one-- but improved with an 80 on day 2-- finishing in a tie for 30th in the state.
Chuck Ruppert has been Herbel's personal coach for six years, the two work together year around, and he feels that the sky is the limit for his student.
Ruppert says, "He's still learning, he's going to mature, he's going to get bigger, he's going to get stronger, and he's already out hitting me right now, so he's on his way, what he does with it is going to depend on how much he wants to keep working with it."
Cole has so much fun playing that, he has no hesitation talking about what he wants to do in the future.
"My ultimate goal is to try and make it on the tour someday," says Cole.
Herbel will use the North Dakota Summer to continue to chase his dream.

Herbel has been playing golf for nine years, trying to get on the course at least once a day also helping coach his younger twin sisters.
He will be playing with the varsity team again next year.

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