Pirates continue to improve during unpredictable season.

The Pirate boys' golf team finished eighth of 16 teams at the two-day Fargo North Invitational at Edgewood Golf Course Friday and Saturday.

Crookston was led by a pair of 77's from sophomore Isaac Westlake. Sophomore Doug Larson shot 77 and 81, senior Brady Heppner shot 80 and 83 and sophomore Parker Nicholls carded an 82 and 86 to make up Crookston's team score.

"Isaac played well," Pirate head coach Steve Kofoed said. "He had a rough start Friday with a bogey and double, but then fell into a pretty good rhythm. He avoided mistakes Saturday that have plagued him this season. It was a good weekend for him.

"The team improved another 10 to 12 strokes," Kofoed said. "It's nice to see us going out and improving on our team totals from this season. The hiccup Saturday was frustrating, but we are showing progress. Doug is playing much better for us. He continues to get better at each and every tournament.

"Brady definitely bounced back from his round at Long Bow," Kofoed went on to say. "He felt like he should have played better. When nothing's quite clicking it forces you to play with whatever you have that day. Brady's driver is going right or he is snap hooking it. He'll have to try to find his golf swing if he wants to make noise come postseason."

Freshman Charles Eickhof shot 87 and 88, while senior Brandon Conklin recorded an 89 and 94.

"Charles Eickhof hit the ball well but didn't putt well," Kofoed said. "Being able to see his thought process was good. When he is a junior he should be a pretty good player. Parker Nicholls played OK at that point. He has shown maturity."

The Pirates competed at the Pre-Subsection North Meet Monday. They will compete at the Red Lake Falls/Fertile Invitational Wednesday.


Team results
1. Roseau - 302-297-599
2. Fergus Falls - 305-304-609
3. West Fargo - 305-306-611
4. Fargo North - 305-312-617
5. Fargo Davies - 310-313-623
6. Moorhead - 314-318-632
7. Grand Forks Red River - 323-315-638
8. Crookston - 316-327-643
9. Detroit Lakes - 331-320-651
10. Fargo Shanley - 334-324-658
11. Fargo South - 333-330-663
12. East Grand Forks - 339-330-669
13. Grand Forks Central - 331-342-673
14. Thief River Falls - 331-342-673
15. Wahpeton - 342-342-684
16. Fargo North Navy - 368-343-711


Pirate scores
Isaac Westlake - 77-77-154
Doug Larson - 77-81-158
Brady Heppner - 80-83-163
Parker Nicholls - 82-86-168
Charles Eickhof - 87-88-175
Brandon Conklin - 89-94-183


Top individuals
t-1. Joe Vatnsdal (Roseau) - 70-73-143
t-1. Riley Johnson (West Fargo) - 73-70-143
3. Keaton Lausch (Fergus Falls) - 73-73-146