Dani Boyle made up a five stroke deficit after day one to take the last state qualifying spot. Both the girls and boys placed fourth as teams.
Dani Boyle (Jr.) was on the outside looking in following the first round of the Section 8AA Tournament. The junior shot a 92 on day one and put together her best round of the season at 84 to move up and claim the final state-qualifying spot at eighth place by two strokes.
The top five individuals who are not a part of the winning team advance to state. With three members of the Section Champion Detroit Lakes team occupying three of the top five, Boyle's eighth place proved enough.
"[Dani] played her best round of the season really," Pirates Head Coach Jeff Perreault said. "It's a personal best and finally got into the 80s here in Bemidji. She seemed defeated at one point yesterday thinking she already lost her opportunity. Some coaches and a couple players really had to talk her off the edge a little bit. She came out today with a purpose, and that was to relax and enjoy the round. When you do that, good things are going to happen."
The Pirates team finished fourth out of six.
Crookston's 2018 state-qualifier, Joslynn Leach (So.), entered the second day needing to erase seven strokes. Leach posted a 94 on day one and a 95 on the final round for a total of 189 missing state by 13 strokes.
"[Joslynn] really felt that she didn't putt the ball very well these two days," Perreault said. "A lot of close calls, but close calls aren't going to cut it. The thing about her is, she's going to put in the time, and she's going to use this as fuel."
Hannah Street (Sr.) ended her Pirate career shooting a 100 and totaled 197, Hannah Brouse (8th Grade) tallied 100 for 206, Bailey Cameron (Fr.) finished at 111 for 206 and Sophia Rezac (So.) rounded out the roster at 104 for 210.
"We didn't make as much progress as a team as we did the year before, and I think that's just attributed to repetition," Perreault said on the team's weather-affected season. "We just didn't have it this year. Overall, great group of kids to work with. We're going to miss Hannah [Street] a great deal. Senior, quiet leader and just a great student-athlete. But we've got a lot of other girls, and we're going to come back next year and hopefully be a contender."
Boyle will compete at state beginning on Tuesday, June 11 at Sand Creek in Jordan. The two-day event concludes on Wednesday, June 12.
Two Pirates came into the final round of section play with a chance to punch their ticket to state.
Jack Ricord (Sr.) ended the first day in third after scoring his best round of the season at 76. Ricord carded an 85 on the second day which missed the playoff round between Adam Tonsfeldt (So.) of Barnesville and Judd Ginther (So.) from Roseau for the last state spot by two strokes.
"I thought Jack got off to a good start," Kofoed said. "For a kid that was nowhere near playing the No. 1 position and was in the final group of the Section Tournament, I said to him not many people can say that. It sounds like on the back nine, he just missed a couple short putts."
One stroke separated Trey Christopherson (Sr.) and a state qualification following the first round, and after Christopherson repeated his day one score of 80 on day two, the senior remained a stroke away from the playoff.
"[Trey] had by far the best year of the five or six years he's been playing golf for me," Kofoed said. "Right now, it's hard. But he played well, he matured a lot as a golfer this year, so he has to be proud."
Quinn Westlake (Jr.) shot an 86 on day two for 178, and Brock Heppner (Sr.) finished his final high school round at 87 for 170. Jaxon Wang (So.) ended round two at 84 and carded a 180 for the entire tournament.
Although Heppner's final season did not end in a state run, Kofoed commended the senior's career.
"I have had Brock since a seventh grader playing on varsity," Kofoed said. "In my 13 years of coaching, this is the last round with a Heppner, so that's kind of a little bit different. Brock clawed in the front nine. On the back nine, his swing just never came into that consistency. If he looks at his big picture, he played in a state tournament, and he also can say he was in the final group of a Section Tournament."
The boys finished tied for fourth as a team out of six.
The Crookston boys will not be represented at the state meet this season.
"When you miss by a stroke or two, over the course of 36 holes, there's so many places you could say 'if this happened,'" Pirates Head Coach Steve Kofoed said. "[Trey and Jack] both needed to make birdie in the last hole to get themselves a good look. They didn't do that, but at the beginning of the year, if I could tell them they have a chance to get top 10 in the Section Tournament, most would say sign me up."
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