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Tom Mix, Published September 29 2012

Davies not down and out entering state girls golf

Fargo - The Fargo Davies girls golf team was riding the momentum of nine straight tournament wins before it found itself in an unfamiliar position.

Second place.

The Eagles were runners-up to Fargo North at the East Region meet last Monday at Edgewood Golf Course, but by no means do they think their best golf is behind them.

“We did disappoint ourselves last week,” Davies head coach Heather Yarber said. “I don’t think that they believe it is now over. They are really motivated to get back out there and show what we are made of. Hopefully we can come back strong and do what people are expecting from us and what we are expecting from ourselves.”

Davies’ chance at redemption will come on Monday during the North Dakota Class A state meet at Prairie West Golf Course in Mandan.

Entering the final meet on the season, the defending team state champions Eagles have three golfers ranked in the state’s top 10 for 18-hole scoring averages.

Junior Kathleen Marsh ranks second at 80.2, senior Allyson Meyer ranks third at 80.8 and freshman Jennifer Marsh is seventh with an 82.2.

“I wouldn’t be surprised to see those three in the Top 10 and maybe even in the Top 5,” Yarber said.

Davies has an experienced lineup returning for its bid to repeat as team champions. The Eagles will have to do it on a course only a couple of their golfers are familiar with.

“There is always that worry ‘Can we do it again?’” Yarber said. “The girls have played all over the place. They are not intimidated by a new course. Hopefully they will just focus on their games. I tell them that it is your game no matter where you play it.”

Right behind Davies is Fargo North, who won the East Region team championship besting the Eagles by nine strokes.

“We are trying to keep the girls focused on their game,” Fargo North head coach Jolene Schue said. “We have stressed not looking at the scores of the other players they will be playing with … As a team, hopefully we can put it all together again for the state meet.”

The Spartans are led by senior Annie Twells and junior Addie Long. Twells fired a 3-over 75 to earn medalist honors at the region meet and owns an 84.4 season average – 10th best in the state.

Long is averaging 83.7, ninth best entering the state meet.

Strong play from juniors Kenzie Jenson and Hanna Berg also helped seal North’s win at Edgewood.

Jenson shot a season-best 85 to earn sixth place and Berg carded a 93 for 10th place.

“Our other girls coming in at our three and four spots have been shooting their person bests too,” Schue said. “They have been pulling our entire team together and making it a true team effort.”

The best of the West

The West is led by Bismarck Century. The Patriots enter the meet with a 348.1 team average – third best in the state – and have five players with averages ranked in the top 10 of the West Region.

Century won the West Region Meet last week totaling a team tally of 339 at Prairie West.

Individually, Dickinson’s Rachel Jahner checks in with the best scoring average in the state at 79.4. Jahner, who tied for 10th at state last year, is coming off a 3-over 75 last week at the regional meet.

Williston’s Kayla Barke has the state’s fourth best average at 81.4 and Jamestown’s Sierra Bennion is close behind with an 81.5.

Drives and putts

West Fargo golfer Ashley Bixby ranks sixth in the state with an 81.1 average ... The last time the girls Class A state meet was held at Prairie West was 2004, with Fargo South’s Jeana Dahl won medalist honors and the Bruins winning the team championship … The last team to repeat as champions was Minot with title wins in 2009 and 2008.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Tom Mix at (701) 241-5562