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Bixby takes first, Packers fourth at King's Walk Course

West Fargo's Ashley Bixby tees off at the King's Walk Golf Course in Grand Forks. Bixby won the individual tournament title, her third of the season, with a score of 79.

Junior Ashley Bixby scored under 80 for the second time, and the Packers had their best score of the season in a fourth-place finish at the 10-team Red River Invitational at King's Walk Golf Course last Tuesday.

On a windy, overcast day in Grand Forks, Bixby had her second-best performance of the season, shooting a 79 on the way to her third individual title of the season. The team as a whole scored a 378. Only Fargo Davies, Fargo North and Grand Forks-Red River had better team scores.

"I was very pleased with how we played, especially considering how windy it was," head coach Dan Wolf said. "We shot our best team score of the year by nearly 20 strokes. We are continuing to play better as a team."

Junior Brittany Rheault was second for the Packers with a score of 94, and seventh-grader Ashley Peterson shot a 97, scoring below 100 for the first time this season.

"(Ashley's performance) is even more remarkable given the conditions," Wolf said.

Sophomore Sierra Peterson had the last counted score for the Packers, shooting 108. Kennedy Kraft shot a 110 and Katie Wibbels had a score of 121.

Despite the season-best score, the Packers are still ranked fourth in the Eastern Dakota Conference with an average team score of 396.9.

Bixby is currently ranked fourth in the conference and eighth in the state with an average score of 81.7 through seven meets. Her third wins ties her with Fargo Davies' junior Kathleen Marsh for the most wins in the region.

The Packers will be competing in the regional golf tournament on Monday at the Edgewood Golf Course in Fargo, and Wolf is confident in the potential his team has for this tournament.

"We have a few other girls that are fully capable of breaking 100 and one capable of breaking 90," Wolf said. "Our goal... is to put our players in the best position to achieve those goals."

Tee-off for Monday's tournament is set for 9 a.m.