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By Russ Green-Sports Editor
After two tough days, the Richmond Lady Spartans wrapped up another successful golf season with a sixth-place finish at the Class 1 state tournament. The long Sedalia Country Club course played even tougher and longer with cold temperatures and windy conditions during both rounds Monday and Tuesday.
The Lady Spartans shot 395 both days to finish with 790. Once again, it was the private schools dominating the tournament with John Burroughs grabbing first place with 683, followed by MICDS with 694 and Sacred Heart turning in a 717. The final team trophy went to Smithville with 751.
Richmond finished third among public schools with Mt. Vernon grabbing fifth with 753. Kirksville (811), Moberly (824) and Maysville (865) round out the remaining team scores.
Although the Lady Spartans were disappointed by their scores, coach Murray Dennis said the conditions had a lot to do with their totals.
“I was proud of the way they continued to battle both days,” he said. “Even though their scores may not reflect it, I thought they played pretty well. The weather was pretty chilly especially early in the mornings and coupled with the wind, it was tough.”
The pin placements during the tournament were difficult as well.
Dennis was pleased with the consistent play of his team. Although the scores really didn’t show it, he added his team hit the ball better on Tuesday.
“Our team score was the same both days, but I felt the girls were all going to shoot lower the second day,” Dennis said. “It’s a grind down there, basically 54 holes in three days takes its toll on them physically and mentally.”
Breann Mathis had the low Richmond score. The Lady Spartan junior shot 90 on Monday and followed with a 97 Tuesday despite playing with an injury.
The complete story is in the Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013 Richmond News.