Two strokes separated the top three finishers with the Pirates edging out the competition.

    Ben Trostad and Trey Christopherson both shot in the 70s and Crookston came out on top against three other teams at the East Grand Forks Invitational. The Pirates’ team score of 319 proved to be one stroke better than second place Thief River Falls who finished one stroke ahead of third place Roseau.

    With a score of 75, Trostad once again led Crookston’s individual scores despite having trouble finding the green.

    “[Ben] ended up only hitting four greens which didn’t get him a lot of birdie looks, but he did end up chipping in on 10 and 11 and only had 22 putts,” Kofoed said. “He put himself in the right position to give himself easy looks. On a windy, that’s just the way you have to get around.”

    Christopherson finished close behind Trostad at 78 giving him the second-highest team score. Ethan Magsam and Brock Heppner took spots three and four for the Pirates shooting 80 and 86 respectively. Jack Ricord finished with 87 and Easton Tangquist rounded out the team score with 91.

    Kofoed still hopes to see the back end of his lineup produce a more consistent number as the regular season comes to a close.

    “We still are searching for a real four score,” Kofoed said. “For us to make any pushes, we need to be able to get that back end of the lineup to be able to post scores around 80 so we can be in a good position after those first guys.”

    The Pirates will now head to the Bemidji Country Club for a two-day Pre-Section meet on Friday, May 18 and Saturday, May 19. Last time Crookston played in Bemidji, they finished in first out of 15 teams. Friday’s action starts at 3 p.m. and tee time on Saturday is 9 a.m.