Catherine Tiedemann headlined the Pirates with a score of 90.

    The Crookston Pirates took fourth out of 17 teams at the Bemidji Invitational to open their 2019 season. Crookston’s top four scores gave them a team total of 374. The host, the Bemidji Lumberjacks, won the tournament with a score of 341.

    “For us, it’s just getting a round under our belts,” Pirates Head Coach Jeff Perreault said. “So, post a score and see where we stand. What are the things that you struggled with out there? We’re pretty certain all of them are going to struggle in the short game to begin the year. Talking to the girls, that’s pretty much what happened.”

    Catherine Tiedemann (So.) led the team posting a 90, 44 in the front and 46 in the back, in her first round as a Pirate since the 2017 season.

    Tiedemann finished in 11th as an individual.

    “She had just a great attitude on the golf course today,” Perreault said on Tiedemann. “[Her group] was having fun, and when you have fun, everything is loose. She’s just a good athlete, and it’s really nice to have her back. We hope we can keep her and keep those scores going in the right direction.”

    State-qualifier from 2018 Joslynn Leach (So.) put together 46s in the front and back to equal 92, two strokes better than her performance to kick off the season a year ago.

    Perreault says Leach did not express pleasure in her round, but the head coach thinks the sophomore’s scores will go down throughout the season.

    “You talk to Joslynn, and she wasn’t really happy with her game today,” Perreault said. “She felt like she just didn’t have it but still posted a very respectable first round of the year. The thing about her is she’s going to put in the time to fix whatever it is she doesn’t think is working.”

    Also posting a 92 was Dani Boyle (Jr.). Boyle finished the first nine holes at 53 strokes and recovered to shoot a 39 in the final nine.

    “It was just a consistency thing,” Perreault said on Boyle’s contrasting front and back nine. “I think she posted the lowest backside score or second-lowest in the whole tournament. I know she had some trouble with the sand where she just couldn’t get it out of a bunker. It kept rolling back in on her, so that’s going to add to that score quickly. But overall, a nice round, and I think she had an eagle out there today.”

Other Pirates Scores

Hannah Street (Sr.) - 100
Sophia Rezac (So.) - 109
Bailey Cameron (Fr.) - 114

    The Pirates will next compete at their home course on Tuesday, April 30 at 9:30 a.m.

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