By Russ Green-Sports Editor
Richmond Coach Murray Dennis was hoping he could get all three of his Spartan golfers past Monday’s sectional played at the Blue Springs Country Club. However, sophomore Philip Kincaid survived a tough course and will be the only Spartan making the trip to the Freemont Hills Country Club in Nixa for the Class 2 state tournament Monday and Tuesday.
Two other Spartan golfers, juniors Zach Frederick and Reece Milligan, fell just shy.
Kincaid relied on his short game Monday. After carding a 45 on the front nine, he shaved 5 shots on the back and ended his round with an 85, which tied five other golfers for the final qualifying spot. Although he was happy to be taking Kincaid to the 36-hole tournament next week, Dennis was disappointed that his two other golfers could not be advancing.
“I’m still proud of them for advancing as far as they did,” he said. “I just feel bad that they came up a couple of strokes short. Hopefully, this will inspire them to really put some time in their games this summer and come out ready to go next season. It’s their last go-around and I want them to experience the state tournament.”
The top two teams and the low 12 scores not on those teams advance to the state tournament. Dennis said Kincaid’s putter helped him get through the day.
“The course was playing very difficult, but he was able to play well enough to survive and advance,” he said. “Philip putted really well all day, which is saying something on those greens. He made a bunch of par-saving putts from outside 5 feet.”