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Grand Forks Red River's Cal Wigestrand keeps an eye on his drive as Fargo South's Grant Gillett looks on during Tuesday's meet at the Grand Forks Country Club. photo by Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald2 / 2

The Grand Forks schools did a golf flip-flop Tuesday.

Fargo Davies continued its domination of North Dakota boys high school golf as the Eagles won the title at the Grand Forks Central Invitational. Grand Forks Red River finished second and Grand Forks Central third at the Grand Forks Country Club.

That's a switch for the Grand Forks schools. In each of the season's previous three meets, it was Central in second place behind Davies, with the Roughriders third.

"This is a change,'' Red River coach Merle Mikkelsen said. "The kids don't like to lose to Central. They're too good of friends; you don't like to lose to your friends. And there is the rivalry thing there.

"We just haven't played as well as we had expected to up until now. It's that plain and simple.''

Playing in a steady rain, Davies had four golfers shoot sub-80 scores in winning with a 302. Red River shot a 310 to edge Central by three strokes. The Grand Forks schools have been close—the Knights beat Red River by one stroke in the previous meet and by two strokes in the meet prior to that.

"If somebody had said before the meet that we'd get a 313, in these weather conditions, I'd have taken my chances with that,'' Central coach Josh Cichy said.

"I'm not disappointed with the way we played. On a tough course and in tough conditions, we had three guys shoot in the 70s.''

Dylan Naylor of Davies took medalist honors with a 72, becoming the third Eagle to shoot low score in a meet this season. One stroke back at 73 was Red River's Zach Hinschberger, as the sophomore shot five strokes better than his previous season low score.

"We probably got second because of Zach,'' Mikkelsen said. "That was several strokes below his (80.9) average. We practiced here Monday and he shot a 45 on the front side. Then he said he needed to go to the range and practice. But he wound up picking up balls instead.''

Adam Van Raden added a 77 and Mat Halvorson a 79 to lead the Roughriders.

Central's Brandon McGarry tied for fourth with a 75 to lead Central. The Knights also received sub-80 scores from Joey Kennelly (78) and Brady McGarry (79).