When the 2011 season began, the Hough boys' golf team had never played together as a collective unit.
The Huskies and coach Erik Herberth gelled quickly, becoming one of the best golf teams in the area in their first season.
Hough won all eight I-Meck matches this season before dominating the I-Meck conference tournament, where they defeated second-place Mallard Creek by 25 shots. The Huskies did it with a depth that most teams don't have, as junior David Sargent, the I-Meck champion, was among five Hough players in the conference's top six players.
"All of our guys were the No. 1 or No. 2 players on their respective teams last year," said Herberth, whose team also finished fifth at the 4A West Regional. "We knew we had talent, but we just didn't know how it would come together."
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Hough wasn't the only local team to have a great season, as both Davidson Day and Lake Norman Charter claimed the Southern Piedmont Athletic Association and the Piedmont Athletic Conference titles respectively.
Lake Norman golfer of the year: David Sargent, Hough
David Sargent came into the season as the No. 2 golfer for his Huskies team, but midway through the year the junior took off.
Sargent finished his season as not only the top Husky golfer, but also the best in the I-Meck, winning the conference tournament championship.
Sargent finished seventh individually at the 4A West Regionals at Pine Island Country Club in Charlotte. His 3-over-par 74 was good enough to qualify him for his first trip to the 4A state championships. He tied for 23rd place at states, shooting a 36-hole score of 149.
Sargent's best moments might be ahead of him, still having his senior season to look forward to next year.
Lake Norman boys' golf coach of the year: Erik Herberth, Hough
In his first season as a high school coach, Erik Herberth proved himself, leading a young Hough team to a surprising start.
Herberth, an All-American golfer at Ohio University and a former professional player, enjoyed this season, but he is looking forward to an even brighter future.
"I can't wait to go forward with this team," he said. "We should have a good, solid team for years to come."
With no seniors on this year's team the Huskies should be an I-Meck, regional and state contender in their second season.
All-Lake Norman boys' golf team
David Sargent, Hough: I-Meck champion was the top golfer on a talented team.
Conner Lewis, Hough: The junior, a former North Meck standout, finished second in I-Meck.
Mace Timberlake, Hough: Former Lake Norman Charter star showed he belonged at 4A level.
Danny Pizetoski, North Mecklenburg: Senior will continue golf career at Richmond.
Ian Harper, Mooresville: Blue Devil led team in a brutally tough and talented I-Meck conference.
Clay Brown, Hough: Sophomore is already among I-Meck's best.
Peyton White, Hough: Another Husky sophomore who earned all-I-Meck honors.
Sean Murphy, Lake Norman Charter: Knight co-captain led team to second-place finish at regionals, fourth at states.
Patrick Cover, Pine Lake Prep: Finished third at 1A state championships with a two-day score of 149.
Kyle Fuller, Davidson Day: Freshman won the SPAA title and tied for third at states to lead Patriots to league title.