Crookston tied for second at sub-sections to keep their season alive.
In the postseason, the motto is “survive and advance.” The Crookston Pirates did just that tying for second at the North Sub-Section 8AA Meet in Warroad to move on to the second round of the postseason.
Eight teams came into the competition hoping for a spot at the Section 8AA Meet next week in Bemidji, but only three could continue their seasons. Warroad took the championship at 329, and Crookston and Roseau each shot 334 to occupy the final two slots.
Two Pirates placed in the top five individually in Trey Christopherson (Sr.), fourth, and Jack Ricord (Sr.), fifth, shooting 81 and 83 respectively.
"Trey's been solid all year," Pirates Head Coach Steve Kofoed said. "He's played well in the front nine all three times we've been [in Warroad]. He really felt happy with his overall round. Jack could come up to Warroad and because of his ability to put the ball in play, post really good scores. It doesn't shock me that he ended up fifth overall."
The other scores counted for Crookston’s team total came from Jaxon Wang (So.) and Quinn Westlake (Jr.) who each carded an 85. Brock Heppner (Sr.) finished with 97, and Ben Andringa (Jr.) rounded out the Pirates’ roster at 106.
"It was really key for Jack and Trey to keep holding on to a really good number," Kofoed said. "The same thing would be true for Quinn and Jaxon. They were making pars and bogeys and really didn't have any big concerns. Both of them closed out really well for a pair of 85s."
Those six Pirates will move on as a team to the Section 8AA Meet in Bemidji, a two-day event beginning on Monday, June 3 and concluding on Tuesday, June 4. To advance to the State Meet, a team must win, or an individual must place in the top five out of golfers not a part of the winning team.
"There's not really any pressure on us, because there aren't any seniors that have made three or four state tournaments in a row, and this is their last hurrah," Kofoed said. "Just going to have those conversations where we say here's what we've got to do, go out there and have fun and make sure we're happy with our choices."
Warroad - 329
Crookston - 334
Roseau - 334
Thief River Falls - 350
East Grand Forks - 353
UNC - 358
Park Rapids - 362
Bagley - 436
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