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With howling winds, the Spartan golf team made its 2009 season debut at the Blue Springs Country Club and an 11th-place finish at the Blue Springs Invitational. The tough conditions, and a still fairly inexperienced Richmond squad struggled to a team total of 403.
Warrensburg had the low two individual scores for the day and took the team title with 318 in the 18-hole event, which was 10 shots better than Lee’s Summit West. Blue Springs took third with 342.
“We didn’t have one of our better days today,” Spartan Coach Murray Dennis said. “The conditions were horrendous to play in, the wind was outrageous. But, the conditions were the same for everyone. We have to do a better job of making adjustments for the wind and work on keeping the ball down.”
Blaine Broderick had the low Spartan score for the day with an 18-over total of 90.
“I know Blaine was disappointed with his score, he had a couple of bad holes and also got some bad breaks after hitting the ball well,” Dennis said. “That’s golf, and he did a good job of keeping his composure and concentrating on the next shot. I know he would like to have that round back.”
Warrensburg’s Ryan Marks carded a 73 to take medalist honors for the tournament, with teammate Geoff Fernquist 5 shots back.
Ty Tweedie ended the day with 96 for Richmond, followed by Kane Southwick with 100, and Zach Mathis with 117. Other scores that did not count in the team total were Dylan Wyse with 126, and Adam Hellman with 130.
Dennis added that Tweedie and Southwick had fairly good rounds under the conditions.