Jeff Perrault’s goal was to see his varsity team advance to sections.
Not only did Crookston Pirates girls golf team advance, it took first-place team honors in convincing fashion Tuesday at the North Sub-Section meet at the Thief River Falls Country Club.
“Beginning of the year, one of the first goals was to win the North Sub and the Pirates did that today, so we’re real pleased with the girls’ efforts,” Perrault, the team’s head coach, said. “Team score was good. Conditions were a little bit difficult. The wind was blowing pretty hard today. A little cold to start our round but it got better as the day went on. We’re just happy to be moving on at this point.”
Crookston claimed team honors with a 342, a comfortable 17 strokes ahead of second-place finisher Park Rapids.
“Margin at this point doesn’t matter,” Perrault said. “Advancing does. For us, we know that we have some work to do. Detroit Lakes has made it to the last eight or nine tournaments and they’re tough so what we have to do now is focus our attention on our own games and see if we can’t individually shave a few strokes off of each person’s score and give us the best team score of the year.
“We’ve been talking all year that it’s ging to take probably sub-330 two days in a row to beat DL so that’s the hope if we can get there.”
Pirate senior Maddie Nicholls tied for second place individually with an 82 while junior teammate Ally Tiedemann followed with an 83.
“If you talk to Ally Tiedemann, she was a little bit frustrated with her round,” Perrault said. “It’s still a nice score but she just didn’t feel like she had her best game (yesterday).
“That’s what’s nice about having good teammates, too. We shot well enough for everybody to advance. Again, that was the goal. We just want to give ourselves a chance to get to Sections.”
The Crookston squad advances to the Section 8AA meet June 5 and 6 at the Bemidji Town and Country Club.
“I think it’s a good course,” Perrault said. “The condition that the course was in earlier when we were there wasn’t good. Overall the course plays well for girls. We’ve had some good team scores there and we’ve performed there well.
“This is when you want them performing at their best so hopefully that happens for us at Sections Monday and Tuesday.”
1. Crookston 342
2. Park Rapids 359
3. Thief River Falls 379
4. United North Central 401
5. East Grand Forks 406
6. Roseau 409
7. Warroad 505
8. Bagley INC
Maddie Nicholls 82
Ally Tiedemann 83
Dani Boyle 88
Elise Tangquist 89
Catherine Tiedemann 94
Joslynn Leach 96
Boys Golf takes first
The Crookston Pirates boys golf team can cross off a goal on a list that was created earlier this season.
“One of our goals in the Sub-Section is to make it to the Section tournament,” Pirates head coach Steve Kofoed said. “Winning it is just a bonus on the end. We ended up playing pretty well. All in all a very consistent run and got what we needed to get done today.”
Crookston took first-place team honors with a score of 325 at Tuesday’s North Sub-Section meet in Thief River Falls. TRF finished behind the Pirates with a 331.
“Before we went out we had just a few little minutes of chatting about what the objective was (yesterday) and what was important,” Kofoed said. “The importance was being able to get out and part of that conversation was realizing what’s going to be a pretty good score.
“It being in the 40s or 50s for temps and a 20-mph wind blowing out of the north, shooting somewhere around 80 was going to be a good score. Anything better than that is just a bonus for us.”
Crookston senior Dane Anderson finished third individually Tuesday with a 79, one stroke behind TRF’s Brendan Bushy and three behind East Grand Forks’ Nate Deziel.
“Dane kind of fell into that No. 1 spot about mid-season and has really played well in that position for the most part,” Kofoed said. “He was a little disappointed in the way he finished but at the same time 79 was a really good score (yesterday).”
The Pirates return to action June 5 and 6 to take part in the Section 8AA meet at Bemidji’s Town and Country Club.
With sections marking the third trip this season for Crookston, Kofoed said the team should be comfortable with the course they’ll be playing on.
“The comfort of Bemidji Town and Country is definitely there for a majority of the guys,” Kofoed said. “Being able to put themselves now in position with a good rouind on Day 1 and Day 2, especially on the back nine with the chance to make the state tournament as individuals or as a team, that’s going to be kind of where that conversation starts going into. What we can make sure of what we’re doing, how we’re making sure we’re giving ourselves the best opportunity to be able to post some good scores individually and as a team over the course of the two days next week.”
1. Crookston 325
2. Thief River Falls 331
3. East Grand Forks 337
4. Roseau 339
5. United North Central 356
6. Park Rapids 360
7. Warroad 379
8. Bagley INC
Dane Anderson 79
Trey Christopherson 81
Ethan Magsam 82
Ben Trostad 83
Brock Heppner 83
Charles Eickhof 88