By Russ Green-Sports Editor
The Lady Spartan golf team battled through a wet and soggy Hidden Valley Course Tuesday afternoon on the way to a second-place finish at the Lawson Invitational. Richmond shot a 391, and was 30 shots behind Smithville for the low team score of the day. Lady Spartan coach Murray Dennis said his team has an indication of what his team will need at the district tournament in a couple of weeks.
“That gave us a good score to shoot for because Smithville is in our district,” he said. “So, we have some work to do, but we’ll keep at it and hopefully our hard work will pay off for us. The girls did pretty well considering the very wet and chilly conditions.”
Dennis said the first nine holes of the day were the most difficult, but the weather let up during the back nine.
“It was a good experience for the girls because you never know what the weather will be like in the post-season, and we may have to play in the same kind of conditions,” he said.
Becca Westbrook had the low Richmond round for the day with a 93 (49-44), which was good for fifth place. Lawson’s Maddie Propst was the tournament medalist as she carded a 78 (41-37) on her home course to get past Smithville’s Paige Imhoff by 9 strokes.
Two other Smithville golfers finished ahead of Westbrook.
Breann Mathis placed seventh for Richmond with a 95 (52-43) while Makenzi Turley finished in the top 10 with her round of 101 (52-49), which was good for 10th. Maddy Zeller was one shot out of a top-10 finish with her 53-49. Brooke Ross placed 16th with 108 (52-56).