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Steve Thomas / Bismarck Tribune , Published October 02 2012

North's Twells wins while Davies takes team golf title

MANDAN, N.D. – When it was all said and done at the North Dakota Class A state girls golf meet, Annie Twells said Tuesday was a great day. Except, of course, for one really bad hole.

That messy hole nearly cost Twells, a Fargo North senior, state medalist honors.

Twells, the first-day leader, carded a six on the par-four 18th hole at Prairie West Golf Course. Thus her lead over Dickinson junior Rachel Jahner evaporated. Tied at 155, Twells and Jahner headed for the first tee and a playoff.

By that point the team champion – Fargo Davies – had been confirmed.

“When I found out I had to go to a playoff I was really upset with myself,” Twells said. “... I was shaking pretty badly. I really didn’t know how I’d do. I really hadn’t been under that kind of pressure.”

The playoff was restricted to the 325-yard first hole and the 317-yard 18th hole. The first hole played with a 15 mph tailwind. No. 18 played mostly into the wind.

Both shot par-fours on No. 1 and No. 18.

Back to No. 1 where both belted long tee shots. Jahner’s ball settled in mid-fairway 50 yards from the green. Twells’ shot just cleared a sand trap, coming to rest about 25 yards from the flag. Jahner chipped to within about six feet off to the right of the cup and Twells’ approach died about six feet short and to the left of the pin.

Jahner’s putt came up inches short. That allowed the left-handed Twells to win the championship with a bull’s-eye putt that resulted in her first birdie of the day.

“I left my putt a little short, which you’re not supposed to do,” Jahner said.

Twells nearly lost the playoff on the first hole. She survived a long drive into the rough and an approach shot into the sand to save par. A 12-foot putt kept her alive.

“I went into a hazard ... then I went into the sand,” Twells recalled. “I knew I couldn’t go down without a fight. It’s my senior year and I had to win it ... no matter what it took. Making that putt was incredible. I really hadn’t been dropping many putts.”

Jahner forced the playoff by shooting a par 72 on Tuesday, the best round of the tournament. She carded two bogies and two birdies, including a two on No. 4.

“Before the day started my goal was to shot a 74. Yesterday I didn’t putt well, but today they were all going in,” Jahner said. “... I played as well as I could today.”

Jahner said she, like Twells, was nervous going into the playoff.

“But after I hit my first drive that all went away,” she said.

Kathleen Marsh of Davies, Kayla Barke of Williston and Sierra Bennion of Jamestown completed the top five.

Davies, the first-day leader at 330, put a 320 in the books on Tuesday to keep challengers Bismarck Century and Fargo North at bay.

Davies totaled 650 and Century shot a 674. North with 700, Dickinson with 714 and Grand Forks Red River with a 756 rounded out the top five. Mandan came in at 801 for 10th place.

Team scores: Fargo Davies 650, Bismarck Century 674, Fargo North 700, Dickinson 714, Grand Forks Red River 756, West Fargo 760, Minot 764, Wahpeton 774, Jamestown 782, Mandan 801, Fargo Shanley 804, Grand Forks Central 854.

Individual scores: 1, Twells, FN, 155. 2, Jahner, D, 155. 3, K. Marsh, FD, 156. 4 (tie), Bennion, J, and Barke, W, 160. 6, J. Marsh, FD, 161. 7, Bixby, WF, 162. 8 (tie) Nelson, BC and Leidholm, BC, 163. 10, Meyer, FD, 165.

11, Duchscherer, Minot, 168. 12, Woken, FD, 169. 13, Long, FN, 170. 14, Cooper, D, 173. 15, Haselhorst, Wahp., 174. 16 (tie) Hopkins, BC and Gemar, FD, 175. 18, Halverson, GFRR, 176. 19, Flynn, BC, 182. 20 (tie) Lantz, D, and Caoili, GFRR, 183.

22 (tie) Bischof, BC, Mongeon, Man., and E. Grothmann, FS, 186. 25 (tie), Berg, FN, Mari. LeFevre, J, and Kasper, B, 187. 28 (tie) Reede, BC, and Jenson, FN, 188. 30, Helbling, Man., 191. 31, Kraft, WF, 196. 32 (tie) Handon, Shan., and Argent, Minot, 197.

34 (tie) Spiess, FN, DeBeltz, GFRR, and Arlien, Minot, 198. 37 (tie), Darwin, Wahp., and A. Peterson, WF, 200. 39 (tie) Thimjon, Shan., and Bender, Minot, 201. 41 (tie), Armstron, Shan., and Rheault, WF, 202. 43 (tie) Charchenko, D, Seaver, GFRR, Strand, Wahp., and Hible, Wahp., 203.

47, Sklebar, FN, 204. 48, Anderson, GFC, 208. 49 (tie) S. Peterson, WF, Corbid, Shan., Whalen, GFRR, 210. 52, Rubish, Wahp., 211. 53 (tie), Marshall, GFC, and Hetletved, GFRR, 212. 55 (tie) Kessel, D, Wold, Shan., Hirchert, Man., Broekel, Man., 213.

59, Kosir, FD, 214. 60, Swenson, GFC, 215. 61, Azure, J, 216. 62, Williamson, Minot, 217. 63 (tie) Comeau, Man., and Reynolds, Minot, 218. 65, Ferguson, GFC, 219. 66, Brown, WF, 220. 67, Mullowney, J, 222. 68, Kramlich, J, 223. 69, Reiter, GFC, 226. 70, Dietz, Shan., 230. 71, Fairley, GFC, 232. 72, Schulz, Man., 234. 73, Yon, D, 241. 74, Breuer, 254. 75, Mara LeFevre, J. 256.

Notes: Twells won championship in a three hole playoff. Fargo South’s Emily Grothmann shot a 94 on Monday and finished tied for 22nd place with a 186.

Senior athlete: Kayla Barke, Williston.

Coach of the year: Heather Yarber, FD.

All-state team: Kathleen Marsh, FD; Rachel Jahner, D; Kayla Barke, Williston; Sierra Bennion, J; Allyson Meyer, FD; Jennifer Marsh, FD; Ashley Bixby, WF; Riana Cooper, D; Addie Long, FN; Annie Nelson, C.

All-tournament team: Annie Twells, FN; Rachel Jahner, D; Kathleen Marsh, FD; Kayla Barke, Williston; Sierra Bennion, J; Jennifer Marsh, FD; Ashley Bixby, WF; Alex Leidholm, C; Annie Nelson, C; Allyson Meyer, FD.