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Packers' golfers take sixth in state

Back row (left to right): Asst. Coach Kelly Weisgarber, Katie Froemke, Sierra Peterson, Kennedy Kraft, Head Coach Dan Wolf. Middle row: Harli Dragt, Katie Wibbels, Alexis Kurtyka, Ashley Peterson, Brittany Rheault, Ashley Bixby.Front row: McCall Brown, Jesse Price, Paige Fortier, Katie Brown, Alison Ault

The West Fargo girls' golf team wrapped their season up last Monday and Tuesday with a sixth-place finish in the two-day, 12-team North Dakota State Golf Tournament in Mandan.

The team finished with a total score of 760 - 376 on the first day and 380 on the second.

"Our goal is always to play our best golf at the end of the year," head coach Dan Wolf said, "and I think that for the most part that was true. I think we played very well."

Ashley Bixby led the Packers again, battling illness to shoot an 80 on the first day and an 82 on the second to finish seventh in a field of 75 competitors.

Kennedy Kraft was next for the Packers with scores of 97 on the first day and 99 on the second. Ashley Peterson shot 103 and 97, Brittany Rheault shot 96 and 106, Sierra Peterson shot 103 and 107 and McCall Brown shot 109 and 111.

The tournament was won by Fargo Davies, who shot a total team score of 650 (330 and 320).

Bixby finished the season ranked third in the Eastern Dakota Conference, with an average 18-hole score of 81.7 through 12 rounds.

Over the course of the season, Wolf saw plenty of positives in his young team.

"Overall, I was very pleased with the season," Wolf said. "We knew going in that we were going to have to rely on some people whose scores we had never had to use at tournaments before... but I wasn't sure how quickly they would develop or how they would deal with the pressure associated with playing at the varsity level. I would say that they exceeded my expectations in both regards."

Wolf is also very excited by the fact that his team had no seniors this year, and that every golfer should return next year.

"We have every reason to believe will be even better and place even higher next year," Wolf said. "There is no reason we can't have everyone shooting under 100, with potentially three or four players shooting under 90, and that doesn't even factor Ashley Bixby in. I believe we could do some pretty special things next year."