Brock Heppner and Ben Andringa tied for second overall.

    The Pirates took advantage of a par 69 course in East Grand Forks and posted a 309 to beat out East Side and Thief River Falls in the EGF Invite. It is Crookston's third win of the season and second in their last three competitions.

    “Bottom line is, we knew if we went over and played as well as we have been the last week and a half, we should be able to beat East Grand Forks and Thief River by quite a bit,” Pirates Head Coach Steve Kofoed said. “We’re relatively happy with the fact that the vast majority of the guys put together decent rounds.”

    Brock Heppner (Sr.) and Ben Andringa (Jr.) provided the best Pirate scores both shooting a 76 which put them in a tie for second as individuals. Jack Ricord (Sr.) followed close behind at 77.

    For Andringa and Ricord, it is their best round of the season.
 
    “Brock started out double, double, bogey, bogey or something like that,” Kofoed said. “He was six over in the first four and ended up finishing seven over. He obviously found something out. Ben started out with a double and went back-to-back birdies. For those two guys and Jack to be in the mid-70s, it was good to feel like we’re continuing to improve.”

    Trey Christopherson (Sr.) and Quinn Westlake (Jr.) came in fourth and fifth in the Pirates’ roster with 80 and 81 respectively.

    Kofoed says to get their scores lower, the two will need to adopt a short memory following a rough stretch of holes.

    “Trey has been steady the entire year,” Kofoed said. “Today, it sounded like he played relatively decent on the front nine. Just got himself in trouble in the back nine. He needs to keep himself patient and not let one or two missteps affect the rest of the round. Quinn is kind of the same thing. Those two are going to have to continue to be steady and realize patience is the key.”

    Rounding out the list was Jaxon Wang (So.) at 84, which proved to be a respectable score after a slow start for the sophomore.

    “Jaxon started with a triple, triple and was already struggling on the third hole when I saw him,” Kofoed said. “For him to be able to finish out 15 over par when he was six over in the first two holes meant he regained composure and put together a pretty good string of holes.”

    The Pirates will now go to Bemidji for the second time this season on Friday, May 17 at 1 p.m.

East Grand Forks - 333

Thief River Falls - 352

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