The Pirate junior is 9 off the leader

Pirate junior Brady Heppner shot a 78 (37-41) Tuesday in the first of two rounds at the State Class AA Meet at Ridges at Sand Creek in Jordan, Minn.

Heppner's +6, 78 is tied for 30th place, while Delano senior Jordan Peters posted a -3, 69 to hold the round one lead by himself.

The second round was supposed to begin on hole ten at 7:57 a.m. today for Heppner but rainy weather delayed play for about an hour.

Crookston's lone state golf qualifier did not have a double bogey on his scorecard but still had holes where he wants to improve today.

"Brady was not too happy with the way he finished three-over on the last five," coach Steve Kofoed said. "The last five on back nine are not the most difficult holes. Brady didn't make any doubles and made a couple birdies."

Coach Kofoed said Heppner's putting saved him a few times.

"His putting was definitely on on the front nine," he said. "Tee shots have got him in trouble all year. He needs to hit a lot of fairways and greens to give himself chances. He only had 32 putts so he is putting pretty well."

Heppner had rough starts to both the front and back nines.

"Brady's tee shot went in the water on one and he was not real happy," Kofoed noted. "He made an eight to ten footer for bogey, though, and that kind of relaxed him. He started bogey, bogey and settled down and played pretty well after that."

Kofoed said the goal for today depends on the weather.

"Depending on the weather, we are talking scattered thunderstorms," he said. "Something around the same number would be good. But if it's similar to Tuesday I don't see any reason he can't get off to better starts on his nines. He made mistakes early on both of those ends. Something in that 74-75 number, something in that low 150s for the tournament would be good for him."


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