A Tale Of Two Different Days

Freshman Katie Krueger talks with head coach Joe Christianson during the first round of the Cobber Open. Krueger placed fifth to earn the first Top 20 finish of her career.
Freshman Katie Krueger talks with head coach Joe Christianson during the first round of the Cobber Open. Krueger placed fifth to earn the first Top 20 finish of her career.

MOORHEAD, Minn. (4/15/17)---If the Cobber Spring Invite was a psychology patient it would have a split personality disorder.

The opening tournament of the the spring was played in two completely different weather conditions.

Friday's round was played in a howling 25-30 mph wind at the Meadows GC and moved the actual par of 72 to a gale-adjusted 82. The second round was played in near-calm conditions at Village Green GC and allowed players to compete at a much-more normal pace.

Concordia used the calm conditions on Saturday and improved their overall team score by 24 shots to finish second.

The Cobbers ground out a 387 in the first round and then came home in 363 on Saturday. Junior Erin Pennington led CC by finishing with a two-round total of 179 and earning her first Top 3 finish of the year. Pennington survived Friday with a 95 and then fired an 84 on Saturday to finish in third place.

Katie Krueger was right behind Pennington. She shot a 94 on Friday and then came home with an 86 on Day 2. Her two-round total of 180 was good for a tie for fourth place. The 86 is a career low for the freshman and she gains the first Top 20 finish of her career.

Katie Froemke and Emily Ladd carded identical totals of 206. Froemke struggled to a 112 in the wind on Friday and then carved 18 strokes of that total to post a 94 on Saturday. Ladd had a 107 on Day 1 and then finished with a 99.

The "tough luck" award for the tournament went to senior Emily Grace Olson who led the Cobbers after Day 1 when she shot a 91. Unfortunately she was disqualified on Saturday after her entire group of three played from the incorrect tee boxes.

WHAT'S NEXT: Concordia will head to the Twin Cities next weekend to compete in the Bethel Spring Invite at Deer Run GC in Victoria.