Tom Mix, Published September 22 2013
Trio of Fargo North girls golfers have been playing together since seventh grade
Keely Spiess never thought she and her friends Addie Long and Hanna Berg would ever become competitive golf players when the trio started to play the sport five years ago.
The trio of Spiess, Long and Berg has come of age on the Fargo North girls varsity golf team and are now seniors looking to end their prep careers on a high note.
“We all grew up two blocks from each other and have been best friends since first grade” Spiess said. “It’s been great playing together since seventh grade. We have had the best times together.”
Spiess said she got her first set of clubs in sixth grade and recalls calling Long to play a round at El Zagal, a nine-hole golf course in north Fargo. Berg soon followed and before they knew it, they were spending a lot of time on the course.
“At first we didn’t want to play in tournaments, we just wanted to play for fun,” Spiess said. “Five years later, here we are playing in tournaments.”
Today, Fargo North plays in the Eastern Dakota Conference golf meet at Grand Forks Country Club. The Spartans are defending EDC champions after edging Fargo Davies a year ago.
This fall, the Spartans and Eagles have been the top two teams in the East. Of the eight regular-season meets, North finished second to Davies five times and also placed first twice.
“What has been nice is our top six golfers have been within 15 strokes of each other,” North head coach Chad Christensen said. “Our lowest and highest scores at most of the meets have been in that range. It doesn’t matter what day it is, someone is going to step up and shoot well.”
North owns a 353.6 team average, which is second in the EDC behind Davies (347.3). North’s Long shoots a team-best average of 84, which ranks fifth in the EDC.
“To repeat, we are going to have to not think about repeating,” Long said. “We know we can play well and we know we can beat Davies. It’s just going to come down to putting the ball in the hole.”
Sophomore Abby Sklebar averages 90.7, which is ninth-best in the EDC. Berg checks in with a 91.3 average.
“The year has gone really well,” Berg said. “We have played well as a team and have had some really good meets.”
Senior Kenzie Jensen averages 91.4. Spiess averages 92.3 and senior Kally Kvidera rounds out North’s top six with a 95.2.
Each team’s lowest four scores are counted today at the EDC tournament.
“Hopefully all six golfers are playing their best golf,” Christensen said. “Davies is a great, competitive team, and we definitely know we have the potential to step up and get a lower score than them. We have to make sure we are confident in our game.”
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