After coming off a pair of invitationals last week on the road and finishing second behind Roseau, the Crookston Pirates boys golf team found its revenge Wednesday at Bemidji’s Town and Country Club.
“Overall, I think it went pretty well,” Pirates head coach Steve Kofoed said. “Conditions weren’t fantastic but we ended up scoring 10 strokes better than what we did last week when we wrer over there for the Bemidji Invitational.”
With a team score of 317, the Pirates cruised to a first-place finish in the Pre-Section Invitational, nine strokes ahead of second-place Roseau.
“It’s obviously nice to get the win,” Kofoed said. “Roseau’s had a very strong golf program for all the years that I’ve been coaching up north so to be able to know that there’s a couple of schools that are going to be able to kind of battle and beat each other up a little bit throughout the course of the year, it’s good to come out on top, for sure.”
Crookston senior Dane Anderson took individual honors with a 72.
“Dane’s played in Bemidji many times,” Kofoed said. “He got off to a great start. There were only two pars made on hole number one and Dane was one of them right off the bat. That can be a difficult green to put, especially right out of the gate.”
Pirate sophomore Trey Christopherson followed Anderson with a 79 while the rest of the team finished in the mid-80s.
“We’ve been very consistent in the scores that we’ve had,” Kofoed said. “Dane and Ben Trostad are the two that have been pretty consistent in the scores that they’ve had for the majority of the year.
“Trey (Christopherson) ended up shooting 81 the first time he played there last week in the Bemidji Invite. To be two strokes better today is great. He took away a few things and he did a much better job of controlling his emotions on the golf course.”
Crookston returns to action at 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 23 for the Pre-Subsection meet in Thief River Falls.
Kofoed noted that he hopes the team can continue to gain ground and improve its scores individually and overall as a team.
“All in all, that’s kind of the objective these next few weeks is to continue to see that team score become a little more consistent and a few strokes better each time we play,” Kofoed said.
1. Crookston 317
2. Roseau 326
3. Fergus Falls 327
4. East Grand Forks 333
5. Thief River Falls 339
6. Bagley 397
1. Dane Anderson (C) 72
2. Nate Deziel (EGF) 74
3. Gus Vatnsdal (R) 78
3. Nate Longtin (FF) 78
5. Trey Christopherson (C) 79
Dane Anderson 72
Trey Christopherson 79
Brock Heppner 83
Ben Trostad 83
Ethan Magsam 84
Charles Eickhof 86