The Golden Eagles showed improvement on their second day out as the team finished with a score of 314 on day two.
GRAND FORKS, Minn. – The competitors at the inaugural Minnesota Crookston King’s Walk Invitational were dealt to very different weather patterns over the two day tournament played Sun., Sept. 16 and Mon., Sept. 17 at King’s Walk Golf Course in Grand Forks, N.D. On Sunday, it was low 90’s with 50 mile per hour gusts, while on Monday the golfers pulled out their cold weather gear as they hit the tee in mid 40’s with less than 10 mile per hour winds.
The tournament, organized by first-year Minnesota Crookston Head Coach Brad Heppner, was well received. Great help was received by the staff of King’s Walk Golf Course, a Par-72, 6,939 yard Arnold Palmer signature links-style course.
The Golden Eagles showed improvement on their second day out as the team finished with a score of 314 on day two, improving by 10 strokes. Minnesota Crookston finished sixth overall with a two-round score of 637. Connor Humble (So., Rosemount, Minn.) led the Golden Eagles by shooting a 78 and a 77 to finish tied for 15th in the field. Ben Koisti (Sr., Lake Norden, S.D.) improved by six strokes as he carded an 82 in round one and a 76 on the second day. Dylan Wenzel (Fr., Lino Lakes, Minn.) also displayed great improvement as the newcomer went from an 84 on the first day to a 76 on day two. Ben Lord (Jr., Brunswick, Maine) turned in a 79 on the first day and finished with an 82 on day two. Ethan Magsam (Fr., Crookston, Minn.) shot rounds of 83 and 79, while Ethan Johnson (Sr., Roseau, Minn.) carded an 85 and 78. Ben Trostad (Fr., Crookston, Minn.) finished with an 85 and 83, while Joey Kekke (Fr., Argyle, Minn.) rounded out the Golden Eagle contingent with a pair of 94’s.
Minot State University used an impressive team score of 284 on Monday to move from third to first as they claimed the Championship in the inaugural Minnesota Crookston King’s Walk Invitational. St. Cloud State University finished in second with a 596. University of Manitoba’s Devon Schade carded a 72 and a 71 to medal as an individual. He beat out Troy Ryynanen, who shot a 70 and 74 to finish second. The best scores of the tournament came on Monday from a pair of Minot State golfers as Cody Reynolds shot a 68 and Matthew Bean carded a 69.
The Golden Eagles return to action Sept. 24-25 at the J.R. Watkins Invitational in Lake City, Minn.