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Richmond’s best of the season just wasn’t enough Friday afternoon at the Shirkey Golf Course. Even though the Spartan golfers shot a season-low of 175, the Excelsior Springs Tigers came in one shot better during a triangular match.
The third team, Higginsville finished a distant third with 242.
Although the Spartans dropped their first match of the season, Coach Murray Dennis was pleased with the outing.
“We were able to post our lowest team total of the season thus far, so you can’t be disappointed with the results,” he said. “I know the boys were a little down, especially losing by one to Ex. Springs, but we were still able to keep our MRVC East record clean.”
Richmond’s win over the Huskers pushed the Spartans’ conference mark to 5-0, to go along with a 6-1 overall showing.
Blaine Broderick was once again the medalist for the day. The Spartan junior finished one over on the par-36 Shirkey front 9, as he edged Chase Adams of Excelsior Springs by a shot. Three Richmond golfers shot in the 40s, with Ty Tweedie carding a 44, followed by Kane Southwick with 45, and Zach Mathis with 49.
“Blaine shot another good round for us,” Dennis said. “He is playing pretty steady for us. I was very pleased to see Zach shoot a 49 for us. We were waiting on his score and knew what we needed to get the win. He was one shy of it, but it was also his score that made it as close for us as it was. Ty and Kane did a nice job for us as they both shot very close to their averages.”
Adam Johnson had the low round for Higginsville with 59.
Coach Dennis was also pleased with the round the Spartan junior varsity turned in on Friday. The JV Spartans shot 216 for the low team effort, while Excelsior Springs shot 228, and Higginsville turned in a 260.
The Richmond JV remains unbeaten this season.
“I was very pleased to see the boys keep their record spotless by posting another solid round,” Dennis said. “I think between Dylan Wyse and Adam Hellman, we’ve managed to have the JV Medalist in all of our matches. Those two have been pretty solid performers for us.”
Hellman turned in the low round Friday with 48, while Wyse followed with 53. James Stanton shot 56, followed by Morgan Richey’s 59, and Brandon Rittmiller’s 70.