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The Richmond golfers made a rare visit to the back nine of the Shirkey Golf Course Friday afternoon, and came up with a victory in their first dual match of the season. The Spartans ended the day with 187, while visiting Knob Noster struggled to a 209 total.
“Although the back nine par is 35, it plays tougher than the front,” Richmond Coach Murray Dennis said. “We have only been on the back nine twice during practice, but I thought the boys played well. It was good competition experience for us because the conference and district tournaments will be played here.”
Spartan junior Blaine Broderick shot even par to take medalist honors for the day, with Kane Southwick shooting 48, followed by Andrew Sherman with 49, Ty Tweedie with 55 and Adam Hellman with 56.
“I think Blaine’s a little disappointed with his finish, but I don’t think we’ll trade-in his 35,” Dennis said of his team’s outing. “He was able to save shots because of his short game today, which was a great example of how important the short game is. Kane and Andrew also played well today.
Both shot just over their averages, but they did a good job of staying focused and rebounding from some errant shots. I know Ty and Adam were both disappointed with their scores today, but it’s something we can correct in practice and I know both of them will work hard to do just that.”
Dennis was also pleased with the Spartans’ course management throughout the afternoon.
Kyle Green had the low Panther round for the match with a 44, while Scott Hofsommer was next with 52, and Justin Connors was just a shot back. Hunter Miceli shot 60, and Travis Axton’s 62 did not count in the team total.
The Spartan junior varsity had a good round in their first competition of the season. Richmond outshot Knob Noster 211-252.
Zach Mathis was the JV medalist with 48, with James Stanton shooting 52. Dylan Wyse carded a 55, followed by Zach Smith with 56 and Morgan Richey with 62.
Dennis thought his JV played well for their first match.
“I was very pleased with how Zach Mathis played today,” he said. “He’s had some trouble the past few days in practice, but I was extremely pleased to see him step up and lead our JV today. James, Dylan, and Zach Smith also played well today and we’re going to need them to do that consistently for our squad to be solid.”
Jesse Sumner had the low round for the Panther JV with 57.
PHOTO: Spartan sophomore Ty Tweedie chips on to the green on No. 11 during Richmond’s victory over Knob Noster at the Shirkey Golf Course. (Photo by Russ Green/The Daily News.)