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GIRLS GOLF: Title eludes Riders again

Grand Forks Red River shot its low score of the season Wednesday. Still, a team title eluded the Roughriders on the golf course. In the closest Eastern Dakota Conference meet of the girls high school season, Fargo Davies shot a 342 to win the cha...

Fargo Davies' Jennifer Marsh hits an approach shot
Fargo Davies' Jennifer Marsh hits an approach shot from a fairway at King's Walk Golf Course in Grand Forks Wednesday. photo by Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald

Grand Forks Red River shot its low score of the season Wednesday. Still, a team title eluded the Roughriders on the golf course.

In the closest Eastern Dakota Conference meet of the girls high school season, Fargo Davies shot a 342 to win the championship at King's Walk. Fargo North was second with a 350, one shot ahead of Red River and Fargo Shanley. Grand Forks Central was seventh with a 392.

Davies won its fourth straight meet, the three previous victories coming with winning margins ranging from 16 to 19 strokes.

In five EDC meets this season, Red River has finished second twice and third three times. Always, either Davies or North -- sometimes both -- has beaten the Riders. Red River also has shot a lower score than both Davies and North in a meet.

"I thought today might be the day," Red River coach Ann Arnason said. "We were on our home course, where the girls play every day. I felt the girls were playing well. And we had a good day."

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But, Arnason admits, there is frustration with seconds and thirds. "I'm a competitive person. I want to win.

"I like our lineup. We have one senior and one junior. We're young. There's room to improve. With time, with more practice, I think we can get the consistent scores that will take care (of team races) themselves."

Kathleen and Jennifer Marsh of Fargo Davies were low scorers, shooting 75 and 77, respectively. Grand Forks' low scorer was Casey DeBeltz, who tied for seventh with an 86. DeBeltz is an example practice paying off. The senior has an 87.7 average, shaving more than 10 strokes off her final 2012 average of 98.6.

"Casey worked hard," Arnason said. "She's played so much golf over the summer. And she wants to get better."

Central shot its second-lowest score of the season. The Knights were led by Shaylee Ferguson, who tied for ninth by shooting a season-low 87 for the third time this fall.

"That seems to be the number for Shaylee," Central coach Eric Sanders said. "It's a solid score. Shaylee has been consistently good. But I think she can do better. She's not satisfied with that (score)."

Red River's Casey DeBeltz reacts to a shot
Red River's Casey DeBeltz reacts to a shot during Wednesday's EDC meet at King's Walk in Grand Forks. photo by Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald

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