Tom Mix, Published September 17 2012
Davies' dominant season continues at Shanley meet
The Eagles, who won the North Dakota Class A state championship last season, returned five of their top six scorers from the state meet and haven’t missed a beat this fall.
Davies has won all of the meets it has competed in this season, including Monday’s Fargo Shanley Invitational at Fargo Country Club. The Eagles took first place carding a team total of 327, which aligns almost perfectly which their season team average of 327.4.
“I think we just have been consistent,” Fargo Davies head coach Heather Yarber said. “Every tournament we have shot roughly the same score within five to eight strokes either way. It is just nice to see them continue to be consistent.
“We struggled a bit with our putting today, but everything else seemed to fall into place.”
Davies senior Allyson Meyer shot a 3-over 75 to earn medalist honors, four strokes better than West Fargo’s Ashley Bixby.
It was a season-best round for Meyer, who is averaging 80.6 per 18 holes this season.
“I was hitting a lot of fairways, hitting the greens and giving myself some birdie chances,” Meyer said. “Some fell, some didn’t. I just tried to stay positive and stuck with it … It all came together. It is good to know I can put these rounds together.”
Meyer, along with teammates Jennifer and Kathleen Marsh, own the top three scoring averages in the East Region. The East Region tournament is set for 9 a.m. Monday at Edgewood Golf Course.
There is a competitive drive within the Eagles’ varsity lineup and it is very clear when you look at the scores of the Marsh sisters.
Jennifer, a freshman, is averaging a region-best 80.5 and junior Kathleen is close by with a 80.9.
“It is always fun to watch them play,” Yarber said of the Marsh sisters. “While they want to be competitive with each other and beat each other, they are also rooting for each other.”
Kathleen edged Jennifer by one stroke on Monday, finishing in third place with an 83.
“It is fun having my sister on the team,” Kathleen Marsh said. “It is nice to have someone to practice with that will help me out a lot. We are very competitive with each other … We always seem to be pretty close in scores.”
Kathleen Marsh said she and her sister don’t talk mush strategy with each other’s games, but are always there for one another with positive words of encouragement.
Fargo North took second place with a 350 and was paced by Annie Twells and Addie Long, who finished tied for fifth place with each scoring an 85.
West Fargo finished third with 371.
Bixby, who has won three meets this season, opened with a 41 on the front nine, but recovered to finish with a 38 on her final nine.
“I struggled for a while at the beginning and the conditions were not the greatest,” said the junior Packers golfer who is averaging 81.4. “The back end, I kind of pulled it together a little bit. I was even all the way through, but my last hole, No. 16 I kind of struggled.”
Fargo Shanley Invitational
Team scores: Fargo Davies 327, Fargo North 350, West Fargo 371, Grand Forks Red River 388, Wahpeton 394, Grand Forks Central 413, Fargo Shanley 424, Fargo South 426, Devils Lake 440, Valley City 460.
Top 10 scores: 1, A. Meyer, FD, 75. 2, Bixby, WF, 79. 3, K. Marsh, FD, 83. 4, J. Marsh, FD, 84. 5 (tie), Woken, FD, Twells, FN, Long, FN, 85. 8, Berg, FN, 87. 9, Haselhorst, W, 88. 10, Gemar, FD, 91.
Other metro finishers
Fargo Davies: 39, Kosir, 108.
Fargo South: 20, E. Grothmann 98. 33, M. Grothmann, 105. 41, Koskela 111. 42, Bauman 112. 44, Johnson, 113. 54, Weaver 129.
Fargo North: 11, Spiess 93. 15, Jenson, 94.
Fargo Shanley: 23, Thimjon 101. 35, Corbid 106. 37, Armstrong 107. 40, Hanson 110. 49 (tie) Dietz; Wold 116.
West Fargo: 11, S. Peterson 93. 21, Rheault 99. 22, A. Peterson 100. 33, Kraft 105. 49, Brown 116.
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