Crookston placed second out of five in Bemidji.

    The Crookston Pirates competed in their penultimate regular season meet in Bemidji where they hope to be playing for the Section 8AA Meet. Out of five teams, the Pirates’ top four scorers combined for 340 to take second place. Pequot Lakes took the championship with 322.

    Jaxon Wang (So.) led the Pirates for the first time this year shooting an 84, his third 84 round of the season.

    “Jaxon really hits the ball well enough to shoot 84 every time,” Pirates Head Coach Steve Kofoed said. “One of his big goals was to be patient on the golf course and not feel like he has to hit the riskiest shot. The biggest piece was he started six over in the first two holes. Then he parred five, six and seven and birdied eight, nine and 10.”

    Trey Christopherson (Sr.) and Brock Heppner (Sr.) followed Wang each carding an 85. Blaine Andringa (Fr.) delivered his best round of the year with 86, Jack Ricord (Sr.) finished at 87 and Quinn Westlake (So.) capped off the Pirates' roster at 91.

    Crookston shaved 16 strokes as a team from the last time they played at Bemidji, but Kofoed hopes to see more consistency from his one-two punch in Christopherson and Heppner.

    “Both of those guys had a little bit more of the emotions from the negative end,” Kofoed said. “They’d hit a bad shot, and all of a sudden, they were a little more frustrated, and that affected the next one. As seniors and leaders, that’s disappointing to see that kind of inability. Those two guys have the game to make the state tournament, but they got to make sure they’re able to be patient.”

    While the Pirates made progress in Bemidji, the site of the Section 8AA Meet, Kofoed does not want to think about that level of postseason play just yet as his team must escape the North Sub-Section 8AA Meet in Warroad first.

    “Number one, we’ve got to get there,” Kofoed said on playing in Bemidji during the postseason. “We cannot overlook Warroad Estates. It’s a very difficult golf course. It’s a golf course that has penalties all over the place. It’s a golf course that if you check out for a moment or two, you’re going to look at your scorecard and say how in the heck do I have that many crooked numbers on there?”

    Crookston will get a chance to familiarize themselves further with Warroad’s course during the Pre-Sub-Section Meet on Tuesday, May 21 at 10 a.m.

Roseau - 343
Warroad - 351
East Grand Forks - 362

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