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All City 'catch me if you can'

Kelly Weisgarber and Kyle Vandevoort were each battling opponents in their respective Fargo-Moorhead Junior All-City golf divisions. Vandevoort felt the footsteps of other golfers trying to catch him on the final 9 holes. Weisgarber was competing...

Kelly Weisgarber and Kyle Vandevoort were each battling opponents in their respective Fargo-Moorhead Junior All-City golf divisions.

Vandevoort felt the footsteps of other golfers trying to catch him on the final 9 holes. Weisgarber was competing against herself.

She was three holes from shooting a career low. No matter. The Fargo South graduate shot a 72 Wednesday at the Meadows in Moorhead to win the tournament by 17 shots.

"I'm starting to get that feeling back knowing that I can make some birdies," she said.

She was feeling it through 15 holes. She was 3-under and in position to challenge her career-best of 70, set just on Tuesday at Oxbow.

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But bogies on 7, 8, and 9 -- she started the day on the back nine -- left her at even par. She three-putted 7 and came up short on approach shots on 8 and 9.

"I'm more disappointed in that than anything actually," Weisgarber said. "It was frustrating."

Yet, the 2000 Junior All-City champion left Meadows looking ahead.

"I'll probably get an opportunity again," she said.

Vandevoort has plenty of opportunities in front of him. He was the North Dakota Class B individual state champion last year and will be a sophomore at Fargo Oak Grove.

Without the benefit of a leaderboard, he did hear that first-round leader Andrew Seaver shot a 36 on his first nine holes. That meant Vandevoort had a three-shot cushion on the Moorhead High senior.

Plus, Vandevoort knew the Meadows was Seaver's home course.

"I heard that he was doing well and then I started thinking about it," Vandevoort said. "I was feeling the pressure in a way."

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Vandevoort closed his round with a 43. Seaver struggled to a 47 leaving Vandevoort with a two-shot victory over Tyler Glass, who shot a 78 Wednesday. Chris Sayre was third at 229.

It was a vast improvement from last year for Vandevoort, who took second in the first flight.

"I learned patience mostly," he said.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Jeff Kolpack at (701) 241-5546

Jeff would like to dispel the notion he was around when Johannes Gutenberg invented the printing press, but he is on his third decade of reporting with Forum Communications. The son of a reporter and an English teacher, and the brother of a reporter, Jeff has worked at the Jamestown Sun, Bismarck Tribune and since 1990 The Forum, where he's covered North Dakota State athletics since 1995.
Jeff has covered all nine of NDSU's Division I FCS national football titles and has written three books: "Horns Up," "North Dakota Tough" and "Covid Kids." He is the radio host of "The Golf Show with Jeff Kolpack" April through August.
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