As far back as he can remember, Old Rochester junior Markus Pierre has been working on his golf swing.
“I used to hit Lego pieces with a fly swatter,” Pierre said.
Coming from a family of golfers and spending much of his time working and playing at Club Kittansett in Marion, Pierre is always looking to improve his golf game.
So despite setting up a proper campaign in sophomore year, when Pierre came close to winning the Standard-Times Golfer of the Year award, he got back to work.
With a season to tinker with, polish and tighten, Pierre focused on getting smarter when it comes to golf. What does this mean exactly? Well, for the junior that meant being more aware of what the club is doing in their swing, how the club and the ball interact, and just being more aware of the how and why of their swing.
“I think back to my first and second year and I think I was just swinging and hitting the ball and seeing where it was going,” Pierre said. “I think starting this year I just tried to develop a more efficient way of playing the game.”
Whether it was autocorrections or video scans or brain picking from his Kittansett Club peers or a combination of all three, Pierre has sort of lowered his sophomore score average by nearly three strokes as a junior – claiming the 2021-2022 golfer. of the year in the process.
He also won equipment worthy of the region’s top golfer, earning his second consecutive South Coast Conference MVP and tying the division’s top spot. 2nd South Section tournament at Easton Country Club and a top 10 in the State Finals. He recorded five laps below par to help his 36.1 point average. But more than the distinctions, it is Pierre’s approach to the game that amazed the coaches.
“You see a lot of children walking around and playing whatever is in front of them. They play one shot at a time, ”said GNB Voc-Tech head coach Adam Rogers. “It’s not Markus.”
Fairhaven head coach Kevin Reedy added: “We knew in the first year he was good, but we continued to see him improve every year.
“What shocks you about Markus is it doesn’t matter what class he plays in,” said ORR head coach Chris Cabe. “He’s still thinking there.”
A prime example of Cabe’s praise came during the Southern Section tournament. Unable to make a practice round at Easton due to a family event, Pierre was forced to ride the course blindly and ended up shooting a one of 72 to tie as a medalist.
“I played there two years ago, so I remember a few nooks and crannies,” said Pierre. “I also consulted a GPS of the course beforehand and took some notes. The great thing about this course is to keep the ball in front of you.
Now, with a varsity season to go, is back to tinker with, polish, and tighten up his game.
“Frankly, nothing is going for me right now,” Pierre said with a laugh. “But you really need to get a feel for the golf club and the golf ball, and I have that feeling to some extent.”
ALL ABOUT MARKUS PIERRE
WHY IT WAS CHOSEN: Pierre narrowly missed out on the 2020-21 second-year Golfer of the Year award and has improved this season. In addition to dominating the South Coast Conference, Pierre had the opportunity to show his mettle on the state stage – medalist at the South Section tournament and placing in the top 10 in the state final – after missed last year due to COVID.
STATISTICS: Tied for first in the Division 2 South Section tournament with a score of 72 (+1) at Easton Country Club. Tied for ninth in the Div. 2nd state final to Sandy Burr with a 75 (+3). Won his second consecutive South Coast Conference MVP. He’s lowered his nine-hole scoring average from 38.7 a year ago to 36.1 this season. Posted five rounds of nine holes under par, including three rounds of two under par. Was second at New England Interscholastic High School Invitational at Mohegan Sun, hitting a par 72 – two head shots.
MOMENT MVP: Already feeling confident about his position among his regional peers, Pierre said his MVP moment was his second place finish at the New England Interscholastic High School Invitational at Mohegan Sun. “Representing the state and playing against the best of New England and finishing second was a pretty good feeling.”
OLD ROCHESTER COACH CHRIS CABE: “It was difficult for him to make a lot of improvements over last year, but he made a big one. He’s such a methodical golfer. He’s not trying to bomb the ball over there. He knows where he wants to be every time. He’s very smart.
ADAM ROGERS, GNB VOC-TECH COACH: “Markus always thinks two or three strokes ahead. He knows where he wants to be and how to get there. He can shape blows. He was by far the best player in the league, let alone the region. “
REMARKS: Pierre is also a member of the Bulldogs varsity tennis team and the chess club. … Works part time as a caddy at the Kittansett Club in Marion. … Likes to hang out with her Goldendoodle, Winston. … I spent two summers at the Sankaty Club caddy camp in Nantucket. … Will compete in North Carolina and South Carolina tournaments this offseason.