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Despite his struggles on Tuesday, Richmond junior Blaine Broderick managed to finish in the top 10 at the Class 2 State Golf Tournament in Sedalia. Broderick began the second round on Tuesday just 4 shots off the pace after carding a 6-over par 77 at the Sedalia Country Club. However, Tuesday’s round of 80 gave him a two-round total of 157, which put him in a three-way tie for eighth.
Another Ray County junior, Hunter Lewis of Lawson, also shot a 77 on Monday, and Tuesday’s round of 75 put him in fourth with a 152, which was 5 shots behind the medalist, J.J. Brown of Ash Grove.
Broderick shot a 43 on the front 9 on Monday and came back with a 38 on the front 9 Tuesday after recording bogeys on No. 2 and No. 3. One of his playing partners, Lewis, also recorded back-to-back bogeys on the front and carded a 37. He would par the next 10 holes on his way to shooting a 38 on the back, and a 75 for the day.
Broderick, who did not hit his driver all day, knew the key would be putting the ball in the fairway.
“You have to put the ball in play with your tee shot on this course and if you don’t you’re in trouble because it’s tree lined,” he said. “Today, I didn’t hit driver. I went 4-iron off the tees. Luckily, I scrambled on a few holes and made up for it.”
Spartan Coach Murray Dennis said they discussed the strategy before the tournament began.
“We talked about that Sunday during a practice round and then again after the first round on Monday,” Dennis said. “We knew he had to keep it in play here in order to score. We both thought 3-wood and hybrid 4-iron would be the key, but today he just had a couple of shots that he didn’t finish on and he got in trouble.”
Broderick’s struggles began on No. 13 when his 3-wood off the tee ended up to the right and stymied behind a tree. The result would be back-to-back triple bogeys on the par 4 13, and 14. However, he shook it off and came back to birdie the par-3, 164-yard 14th hole.
“All I could do is just relax, take a breath and stuck one close on the next hole and birdied,” Broderick said. “Then I did all I could to par the next and try to finish strong.”
The Richmond junior bogeyed the next hole, but finished par-par.
Coach Dennis said he was proud of the way his No. 1 golfer kept grinding throughout the day.
“He got a couple of bad breaks today,” he said. “He hit that one tee shot right behind a tree and his punch out scooted across the fairway and didn’t get a good lie there, but that’s part of golf. I was really proud of the way he kept battling. It just shows you the kid is a fighter and he never quits. It’s good to have a kid like that.”
It was the second top-10 state finish for Broderick in as many years.
Brown shot rounds of 73 and 74, which put him 2 shots up on the runner-up Mitch Rutledge of Whitfield who carded a 75 and 74. Third place went to David Bailey of Springfield Catholic who shot 78-73.
Other area golfers: Andrew Malloy of Carrollton shot 160 to tie for 14th; Tyler Giorza, of Lexington shot 171 to tie for 51st; and Josh Nordsieck of Lexington shot 175 to tie for 62nd.
Lutheran St. Peters won the team championship with a two-day total of 648 (319-329), with Springfield Catholic shooting 653 (327-326) to take second. Belle and Willow Springs tied for third place as each team shot 658.
PHOTO: Richmond’s Blaine Broderick sinks his birdie putt on No. 14 on the final day of the the Class 3 Tournament. Broderick finished tied for eighth in the two-day event at the Sedalia Country Club. (Photo by Russ Green/The Daily News.)