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Lady Spartans advance on tiebreaker
By Russ Green-Sports Editor
A tough course with high winds did not deter the Richmond Lady Spartan golf team from keeping its season going Monday at the Class 1 Sectional. Richmond’s Lady Spartan squad, featuring one senior, a sophomore and three freshmen, handled the conditions and for the first time since 2002, qualified as a team for the state tournament. Richmond put together a 422 at the Mozingo Lake Golf Course in Maryville to tie Smithville for second place and the final team spot for state.
However, the Lady Spartans captured the tiebreaker to advance to the Class 1 state tournament Monday and Tuesday at the Meadow Lake Acres Country Club in New Bloomfield.
The tiebreaker is decided by using the No. 5 golfer’s score. Freshman Rebecca Westbrook carded a 124, which was 23 shots better than Smithville’s No. 5 player, Julie Thompson, sending the Lady Spartans on to state.
“Becca has come on for us in the later portion of the season and I really liked her attitude as she made the turn,” Richmond Coach Murray Dennis said. “She shot a 62 on the front and she told me, ‘Oh well, I’ll come back with a 48.’ She went back out and attacked the back nine, didn’t shoot the 48, but her mindset was outstanding.”
Maryville captured first place in the seven-team field with a 420. The top two teams and the low 12 scores not on the qualifying teams from each of the four sectionals advance to state.
In addition to the length, Mozingo featured slick greens, but the winds proved to be the toughest condition to battle Dennis said.
“The winds had completely switched directions then how they were when played our practice round Sunday,” he said. “So holes that were shortened by the winds Sunday, were at least two clubs longer Monday.”
Sophomore Breann Mathis continued her solid season as she followed up her runner-up finish in districts with a 95 (42-53) Monday, which put her in sixth place – seven shots behind sectional champ Jessica Pfost of Maryville, who edged Lawson’s Madalyn Propst by two shots.