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West Fargo Sheyenne, Fargo Davies golfers competing in national tournaments this week

Sheyenne's Andrew Wilhelm will tee off in the World Stars of Golf Junior Championship in Las Vegas Tuesday morning, while Davies' Abby Voeller and Nora Benson began play at the NHSGA High School Golf National Invitational in North Carolina

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West Fargo Sheyenne's Andrew Wilhelm prepares to putt during the North Dakota Class A boys golf tournament at Rose Creek Golf Course in Fargo on Wednesday, June 8, 2022.
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WEST FARGO — It’s been a whirlwind of a month for West Fargo Sheyenne golfer Andrew Wilhelm.

On June 8, Wilhelm placed fourth at the North Dakota Class A state tournament while helping Sheyenne to a second consecutive team title. Four days later, the Mustangs’ soon-to-be senior finished third at the Russ Newman Junior Invitational. And on Tuesday, he’s going to be teeing off at one of the premier golf courses in Las Vegas.

With his third-place finish at the Russ Newman, which he won in a playoff over Bismarck Century’s Logan Schoepp, Wilhelm earned an invitation to the World Stars of Junior Golf Championship, which is Tuesday through Thursday at Angel Park Golf Club in Las Vegas.

Wilhelm was one of six North Dakota golfers to punch their ticket to the World Stars tourney in the Russ Newman, with the top three finishers from both boys and girls divisions receiving invites.

Joining Wilhelm on the boys side are Fargo Shanley’s Jake Skarperud and Fargo Davies’ Gabe Benson. Mandan’s Anna Huettl, Century’s Hannah Herbel and Williston’s Carrie Carmichael were the girls invitees. As of Monday afternoon, Wilhelm was the only golfer from that group listed on the tournament website.

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Bismarck Legacy’s Ava Kalanek will also represent North Dakota at the tournament this week.

The World Stars of Golf Junior Championship is touted as “one of the premier junior golf championships in the world,” attracting more than 3,000 competitors from more than 50 countries, according to its website. The tournament is operated by PGA professionals, apprentices and volunteers and is nationally ranked by various golf organizations including the American Junior Golf Association.

The tournament is in its 14th year of competition. This year, competitors come from places as close as West Fargo to as far as Auckland, New Zealand.

Wilhelm will tee off on hole 10 at 10:24 a.m. CDT on Tuesday at Angel Park’s Mountain Course. He’s paired with Camarillo, California’s Charley Levy and Guadalajara, Mexico’s Aaron Martin del Campo. The trio is competing in the Boys 15-18 division.

For more information and live scoring, visit worldstarsofgolf.com.

Voeller, Benson compete on Day 1 of NHSGA Nationals at Pinehurst

Over on the East Coast, a pair of Davies golfers are competing at the National High School Golf Association’s High School Golf National Invitational, which teed off Monday at Pinehurst Resort in Pinehurst, North Carolina.

Abby Voeller and Nora Benson are competing for the Eagles in the invite-only tournament, which consists of 54 holes of play over three days.

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Fargo Davies' Abby Voeller walks the course at Pinehurst Resort on Day 2 of the National High School Golf Association's High School Golf National Invitational on Tuesday, June 28, 2022 in Pinehurst, North Carolina.
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Voeller, who will be a junior at Davies in the fall, shot a 96 in the first round on Monday and is tied for 173rd overall at 24-over. Benson, a soon-to-be sophomore, finished the day with a 100 and is tied for 191st overall at 28-over.

More than 220 girls high school golfers from across the country are competing in this year’s competition. Invitees include those who have won their state’s individual or team championships, respectively. Davies won the 2021 Class A girls team championship last fall.

Round 2 from Pinehurst kicks off at 6:20 a.m. CDT Tuesday, with Voeller teeing off at 6:20 a.m. on hole 10 and Benson at 6:31 p.m.

For more information, visit the tournament website here .

Ryan Spitza joined The Forum in December 2021 as a sports reporter. He grew up in Marquette, Mich., a city of 20,000 on the southern shore of Lake Superior. He majored in multimedia journalism and minored in public relations at Northern Michigan University, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in May 2019. While attending college, Spitza gained real-world experience covering high school and college athletics for both The Mining Journal and The North Wind.

Spitza can be reached at 701-451-5613 or rspitza@forumcomm.com. Follow him on Twitter @ryspitza.
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