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By Russ Green-Sports Editor
Even with one of their top five out with illness, the Lady Spartan golfers managed to turn in their second consecutive fifth-place finish their own Invitational held on a hot Wednesday at the Shirkey Golf Course.
Richmond shaved 50 strokes off their total from last year to finish with a 445 to end up behind Notre Dame DeSion, Warrensburg, Blue Springs and Sedalia Smith-Cotton in the 15-team field. DeSion chalked up its sixth straight Richmond Invitational championship by shooting a 340, which was 15 shots better than runner-up Warrensburg. Blue Springs followed with a 371 and Smith-Cotton was 3 shots off that score.
St. Teresa’s Academy placed sixth with 399, followed by Pembroke Hill (416); Lawson (425); Savannah (434); KC Barstow (440); Lee’s Summit North (443); Chillicothe (452); Excelsior Springs (463); Marshall (486) and Trenton (504).
Warrensburg’s Taylor BeDell was the medalist for the day with a 4-over-par 75 (36-39). Anna Ciani of DeSion was 5 shots off the pace to finish second while there was a four-way tie for third place. Ali Bankovich of Smith-Cotton, Olivia Laub of Barstow, Amanda Malecki of DeSion and Mariah Peters of Blue Springs each shot an 81, with Lawson’s Maddie Propst carding an 83 (44-39) to finish seventh.
Breann Mathis had the best Richmond finish as she shot a 93 (48-45), which was good for 16th.
“Breann did a great job of bouncing back from a shaky start,” RHS coach Murray Dennis said. “She got back to playing her game and not trying to play against the others in her group. I am very pleased with her scores so far this season and she is very close shooting in the low to mid 80s, which I know is her goal.”
The complete story is in the Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013 Richmond News.