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The Spartan golf team played their second 18-hole tournament of the season on Monday and once again, the conditions were not the most comfortable.
However, the Spartans battled the wet and cool conditions at the Sedalia Country Club and managed to improve their score by 46 shots from their season-opening outing at the Blue Springs Tournament.
Richmond shot 357 to finish 17th in the 23-team field at the Smith-Cotton Tournament on Monday, while Blaine Broderick tied for 16th in the individual battles.
“Considering the weather, I was pleased with the improvement the guys showed in tournament play,” Richmond Coach Murray Dennis said. “We posted a score much more consistent with our team average. Overall, I was pleased with our effort today. Would I have liked to see our scores lower? Sure, but I will take what we shot for now.”
Broderick carded a 77 on the par-70 course, which put him only 6 shots behind the medalist for the day – Kyle Enloe of Park Hill South.
“Blaine had a very good front nine, sinking a birdie putt on 9, and then ran into a little trouble on the back, posting a 40,” Dennis said. “He finished 1-stroke out of the medals and I know he was disappointed with that. I know there were about four strokes he would like to have back on that back nine, but I’m pleased with the 77.”
Ty Tweedie ended the day with 88 for the Spartans, while Kane Southwick carded an 89, followed by Andrew Sherman with 103, and Zach Mathis with 106.
“Kane and Ty both shot well today,” Dennis said. “I was very pleased with their effort today. Ty had been struggling the past couple of matches, but I was very happy to see him get back to where he was. I know he worked hard over the weekend to improve his game. Kane has done a very nice job of being consistent for us lately.”
Park Hill South dominated the team competition with all five golfers shooting in the 70s. The Panthers shot 299, with Columbia Rock Bridge finishing as the runner-up with 307, and Lee’s Summit West placed third with 313.
Enloe’s winning total was one shot ahead of Ryan Marks and Geoff Fernquist of Warrensburg, and Wilson Sundvold of Rock Bridge. Will Nixon of Jefferson City carded a 73 to round out the top five.