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By Russ Green-Sports Editor
After having their string of MRVC East tournament titles interrupted last year by Knob Noster, the Richmond Spartans began a new one Monday at the Keth Memorial Golf Course at Pertle Springs in Warrensburg.
The Spartans dominated the field with a 46-shot edge over second-place Knob Noster in winning their fourth conference tournament in the past five years. Richmond shot a 335, with Knob Noster ending the day with 381. Carrollton placed third with 425, followed by Lexington with 426 and Higginsville with 454.
Richmond Coach Murray Dennis said he was pleased with the whole team’s performance.
“When you get four out of five to finish in the top 10 to earn all-conference, that’s pretty good,” he said. “We knew going in that Knob was probably the team to beat because we beat them by three earlier, and last year they beat us in the conference tournament. So we kind of had a goal in mind and the boys exceeded that.”
Richmond junior Zach Frederick was the conference medalist as he carded an 81 on the par-71 course.
Dennis said Frederick hit his irons well and was able to hit the small greens while doing a good job of staying out of trouble during his round.
“He had been struggling – trying to hit the big dog a lot,” he said. “We talked the other day during our tournament about that getting him in trouble and he needed to keep it in play. He did a good job of that. There were places if you didn’t hit it straight you were going to be in trouble and I think he did a good job keeping it in play.”