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Greg DeVillers / Forum Communications Co., Published September 11 2012

Fargo Davies captures first at EDC golf meet

GRAND FORKS – On any other team in the Eastern Dakota Conference, Allyson Meyer would be the No. 1 golfer. But Fargo Davies isn’t just any other team.

Davies teammates Jennifer Marsh (80.0) and Kathleen Marsh (80.6) rank first and second, respectively, in averages in EDC girls high school golf. Meyer is third on the team – and in the EDC – with an 81.4 average.

Meyer shot an 80 on Tuesday, leading Davies to the team title at the Grand Forks Invitational at King’s Walk. Davies won with a 330, followed by Fargo North (354) and Grand Forks Red River (355). Grand Forks Central was sixth at 396.

“We’re all good friends,” Meyer said. “It’s nice to see all of us up there in the standings. We back each other. We are competitive. We all try to beat each other. But we’re happy for each other when we do well.”

West Fargo’s Ashley Bixby was medalist at King’s Walk, shooting a 79 to edge Meyer by one. Jennifer Marsh was third with an 81, while Kathleen Marsh tied Fargo North’s Addie Long for fourth at 83. Nine golfers shot 86 or better; four of them were Davies players.

“It’s crazy,” Davies coach Heather Yarber said of her team’s balance and low scores. “But I love it. It’s a talented group.

“They all love to play the No. 1 spot. We switch it around, not on averages, but based on how they did the previous meet. They’re competitive girls. They put way more pressure on themselves than I do.”

The title is nothing new to Davies. On Tuesday, the Eagles won the team title for the sixth time in as many meets this season. In fact, Davies is defending state champion and won every meet in 2011, as well.

But, Meyer said, the Eagles feel no pressure despite the success and their own high expectations.

“I don’t think (pressure) comes into play,” she said. “Maybe it will at state. A lot of people expect us to do well. That’s hard sometimes.”

The Grand Forks schools both shot season lows Tuesday. Red River was led by Cali Halvorson (85, tied for sixth) and Casey DeBeltz (88, tied for 10th). Central’s low scorer was Samantha Marshall with a 95.

“We want our girls to play with Davies,” first-year Red River coach Ann Arnason said. “We tell them that they’re our model – we want to do what they’re doing. We’re young. We’ve gotten better. But they’re the team you’re always trying to catch.”

Team scores: Fargo Davies 330, Fargo North 354, GF Red River 355, West Fargo 378, Fargo Shanley 393, GF Central 396, Wahpeton 398, Fargo South 402, Valley City 457, Devils Lake 487.

Top 5: 1. Bixby, WF, 79; 2. Meyer, FD, 80; 3. J. Marsh, FD, 81; 4. K. Marsh, FD, 83; 5. Long, FN, 83.

DeVillers writes for the Grand Forks Herald