Despite a sloppy track, Richmond junior Blaine Broderick was able to make his way around the Shirkey Golf Course at even par Monday to help pace the Spartans to the MRVC East tournament title. The Spartans edged runner-up Carrollton by 3 shots for their first conference tournament championship since 2004.
Rain delayed the start of the tournament by about an hour, and once the golfers hit the course, they had to play through a few periods of light rain. Broderick began play on the back 9 and shot a 2-over par 37, but bounced back to go 2 under on the front. His 71 put Broderick on top by 18 shots over a three-way tie for second between teammate Ty Tweedie, and Tyler Giorza of Lexington and Carrollton’s Ryan Flick.
Tweedie shot 44 on the back and 45 on the front. Andrew Malloy of Carrollton finished a shot back in fifth, followed by Alex Molloy, also of Carrollton, along with Josh Nordsieck and Andrew Gray of Lexington each with 92. Scott Hoffsommer of Knob Noster shot 94, and Hayden Summers of Carrollton rounded out the top 10 with a 96.
Kane Southwick shot 99 for the Spartans to finish 11th, with Andrew Sherman carding a 105 for a tie at No. 17, and Zach Mathis ended at No. 20 with his 110.
Richmond shot 364, followed by Carrollton’s 367, with Lexington grabbing third with 372. Knob Noster took fourth with 403, and Higginsville shot 477.
Pleasant Hill captured the MRVC West title with a 336. The Roosters had two golfers finish in the top 4. Harrisonville was a distant second with 348, which was a shot ahead of Excelsior Springs. Grain Valley was fourth with 365, followed by Odessa with 383 and Oak Grove with 417.
Chase Adams of Excelsior Springs was the medalist for the West with a 76, with Oak Grove’s Marc Day and Brantley Clark of Pleasant Hill each shooting an 80 to finish as the runner-up.
Richmond’s conference title came on the heels of its seventh-place finish in the Cameron Tournament on Friday. The Spartans ended the day with an 18-hole season low total of 350. Smithville captured the team title with 317, which was a 3-shot margin over Savannah. Cameron grabbed third spot with 322, and Lawson was fourth in the 18-team field with 326.
Broderick finished the afternoon with a 76 on the par-71 Veteran’s Memorial Golf Course, which put him in the top 10 at No. 6. Excelsior Springs’ Adams was again the medalist as he shot even par to put him a shot ahead of Derek Baade of Savannah. Hunter Lewis and Landon Lewis of Lawson tied for third as each Cardinal shot 75.
Southwick shot an 87 for the Spartans, followed by Tweedie with 88, Mathis with 99, and Hellman with 101.
PHOTO: Richmond junior Blaine Broderick shot even par Monday to earn medalist honors and help the Spartans to a 3-stroke advantage in the MRVC East Conference Tournament held at Shirkey Golf Course. (File photo by Russ Green/The Daily News.)