RHS golfers prepare for districts

The Lady Spartan golf team put the finishing touches on the 2008 regular season this week with a pair of matches at the Shirkey Golf Course.
Richmond shot 240 in a dual against Excelsior Springs on Tuesday, and shaved 2 shots off that total in a triangular with Pembroke Hill and St. Teresa’s the following day.
Excelsior Springs’ Lauren Van Dyne was the match medalist on Tuesday with a 47 on the par-38 course as the Lady Tigers shot 216. Richmond senior Mollie Blair had the low Lady Spartan score with 49, and followed up with a team-low 56 on Wednesday.
“Obviously Mollie didn’t shoot what she would have liked Wednesday, but it was kind of an emotional day since it was the last regular season match of her high school career,” Richmond Coach Murray Dennis said. “I know she’ll bounce back Monday, she’s been playing well the past week or so, peaking at the right time of the season. I’ve appreciated all of her hard work this season, not only with her own game, but helping our younger players improve theirs as well.”
Leslie Russell shot 57 for the Lady Spartans on Tuesday, followed by Kadee McMillan with 65 and Jordan Thoreson with 69.
Pembroke Hill had the low team score Wednesday with a 186, which was 4 shots better than St. Teresa’s Evan Sterneck of Pembroke Hill and Casey O’Flaherty of St. Teresa’s tied for medalist honors with 41.
Thoreson shot a 58 for the Lady Spartans, with Russell carding a 60, and McMillan following with a 64. Coach Dennis said his young team has improved throughout the season and they know what they need to do in Monday’s district tournament at Shirkey.
“They have worked hard in all phases of their games, it’s just a matter of getting more consistent with those phases each time out,” he said. “If they shoot in the mid 50’s on Monday they have a shot at moving on. They are capable of doing that, it’s just a matter of staying focused and concentrating on their next shots.”
Dennis adds that the level of competition the Lady Spartans have played this season will also help them on Monday.

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