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Strong links: Friends propel Deacons girls golf team

Fargo Shanley juniors Liz Strom and Sarah Storandt have played small roles on three state championship golf teams. Now, they hope to be a big reason the Deacons bring home a new banner.

Liz Strom and Sarah Storandt
Liz Strom, left, and Sarah Storandt are the Fargo Shanley Deacons' top two golfers. They each finished the regular season with a scoring average of 76.3. Dave Wallis / The Forum

Fargo Shanley juniors Liz Strom and Sarah Storandt have played small roles on three state championship golf teams. Now, they hope to be a big reason the Deacons bring home a new banner.

Strom and Storandt each finished the regular season with a scoring average of 76.3, and an identical 610 strokes in eight tournaments.

The duo leads Eastern Dakota Conference champion Shanley into today's North Dakota state girls golf tournament at Bois de Sioux Golf Club in Wahpeton.

"We're really good friends," Strom said of her relationship with Storandt. "We made each other better. I don't think we would be at the level we're at if not for each other."

Storandt and Strom, who were nicknamed "the little girls" by former Deacons golfers when they first joined the team as seventh-graders, have been the model of consistency this season.

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The duo combined for just three rounds in the 80s, helping Shanley win each of the tournaments it entered.

Strom won the EDC tournament at Bois de Sioux with a 76, despite having to battle a massive 30 mph wind. Storandt was second at the tourney with an 84.

"We're not competitive with each other," Storandt said. "But we're really consistently the same. One does better one day, the other does better another day."

Shanley, which won state titles from 2005-07 and finished second at state last year, is counting on that consistency to continue at state.

Minot won the West Region by 26 strokes over Bismarck Century. The defending state champion Magicians placed four golfers in the top five of the West Region tourney.

"We've had a good time this year," Shanley coach Don Johnson said. "They are a pretty close-knit bunch."

Readers can reach Forum reporter Heath Hotzler at (701) 241-5562

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