By Russ Green-Sports Editor
Richmond sophomore Philip Kincaid’s first appearance at the Class 2 state golf tournament was a learning experience, according to coach Murray Dennis. Kincaid finished in a three-way tie for 47th with a two-day total of 170 at the Freemont Hills Country Club in Nixa.
Dennis said Kincaid played well in a format that he was not used to.
“This is a totally different ballgame compared to the regular season,” he said. “At no point during the regular season do the boys play a tournament or a match that consists of 36 holes over two days, so stamina plays a key role at the state tournament.”
Dennis added that the two days of warm and sunny weather took its toll on all of the golfers in the field. Kincaid opened with an 87, but came back on Tuesday to shave 4 shots off his first 18 holes.
“I think he might have been a little disappointed with his total, especially Monday’s score, but I thought he did an outstanding job for this being his first state trip,” Dennis said. “It was a great experience for him. His attitude all season has been, in my opinion, the strongest phase in his game. He may hit a bad shot, but he let’s go of it and bounces back and makes sure he doesn’t compound the mistake by continually dwelling on the bad shot.”