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Andrew Gottenborg, Published September 28 2010

Girls golf: Wind doesn’t shake Shanley from title

Fargo Shanley fought the wind as well as other golfers on Monday and came out on top.

The Deacons finished with a score of 343 to finish first at the North Dakota Class A East Region meet at Moorhead’s Village Green Golf Course on Monday.

“Conditions were a little tough today,” Shanley head coach Don Johnson said of the strong winds that whipped across the sun-soaked golf course.

Golf bags toppling over due to roughly 25-mph gusts were a common sight all afternoon.

Johnson admitted it wasn’t the Deacons’ best performance of the season, but was pleased with the team as a whole and how it adapted to the way the course was playing as the day wore on.

“The results (weren’t) as good, but they played pretty steady,” Johnson said.

The Deacons were paced by Sarah Storandt and Liz Strom, who finished second and third, respectively.

But like most of the other golfers at the meet, the two Deacons struggled on the wind-whipped back nine.

“It seemed like on the back nine every hole was into the wind, so it was kinda hard to judge the club,” said Storandt, the second-ranked golfer in Class A behind Jamestown’s Laura Kraft.

One golfer who didn’t struggle from the 10th hole and on was Grand Forks Red River’s JoDee Wheeler, won the meet with a score of 77.

After struggling on the green early, Wheeler said she improved her short game and putting to pull away on the back nine.

“I didn’t let it get to me,” Wheeler said of three-putting the very first hole of the day. “I just trusted myself and let myself know that I was going to hit it in. Even when I had a hard hole I saved myself with my putting.”

“JoDee played amazing,” Storandt said. “She was just on. Her short game was really good. Everything was in from eight feet and in, she played really well.”

Strom, who won the East Region meet last year, started out on fire, shooting a meet-best 39 through the first nine holes.

It was the second meet for Strom since returning from a fractured wrist that kept her idle for about three weeks. She returned by finishing in second place at the Shanley Invitational last week.

“It swells up a little bit when she plays, but she doesn’t complain,” Johnson said of Strom.

Fargo Davies finished runner-up in the Eagles’ first year as a golf program. Jennifer Marsh finished in seventh place for Davies, which had four golfers finish in the top 10.

West Fargo’s Ashley Bixby finished fourth.

The Deacons and the other qualifiers advance to the state meet Oct. 4-5 in Jamestown.

Team scores: Fargo Shanley 343, Fargo Davies 358, Grand Forks Red River 359, Fargo North 381, West Fargo 382, Grand Forks Central 395, Fargo South 418, Wahpeton 419, Devils Lake 420, Valley City 441.

Top 10: 1, Wheeler, RR, 77. 2, Storandt, S, 80. 3, Strom, S, 84. 4, Bixby, WF; Lund, GFC, 86. 6, (tie) Kenney, S; J. Marsh, FD, 88. 8, (tie) Meyer, FD; M. Gemar, FD; K. Marsh, FD, 90.

Other area finishers

Davies: B. Gemar 101, Brossart 133.

North: Nelson 91, Long 92, Lingbeck 99, Spiess 99, Ohm 100, Berg 102.

Shanley: Thomas 91, Boyle 93, Carew 99.

South: Olson 103, Grothman 107, Koris 108, St. Germain 108, Deyle 122.

West Fargo: Lennon 97, Johnson 99, Wasem 100, Rheault 103, Buth 110.

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Andrew Gottenborg at (701) 241-5549