Hard work paying dividends

The Richmond Lady Spartan golfers just missed a chance to pick up a pair of victories Wednesday at the Excelsior Springs Golf Course, but they will gladly settle for one.
Richmond ended their round with 226, which was just 3 shots off the pace set by the host Lady Tigers, while Lawson shot a 244. The triangular split gives the Lady Spartans a 3-7 mark as the season winds down.
Richmond Coach Murray Dennis was happy with the outing from his young squad and said the time on the course is paying off.
“I told the girls how we did and each of them thought back to strokes they could have taken off,” he said. “They are realizing that the practice they are putting in is paying off and the last two matches have seen their scores improve.”
Leslie Russell was the medalist for the day. The Richmond junior carded a 47 on the par-35 course, with Alli Gordy of Excelsior Springs a shot back.
“I was especially proud of Leslie and the score she posted,” Dennis said. “She’s worked very hard in the off-season. She’s been close a couple of other times and finally was able to claim the top honors tonight.”
Richmond had two golfers come in under 60 with Kadee McMillan shooting a 58, and Jordan Thoreson following with a 59. Zoe Harper and Lydia Green each shot 62.
Shelby Malott had the low round for Lawson with 52.

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