RHS takes second at district

The Lady Spartan golf team finished second at Monday’s district tournament held at Shirkey Golf Course and advance to next week’s sectional. Front row from left, Rebecca Westbrook and Breann Mathis. Back row, Zoe Harper, Makenzi Turley, Maddy Zeller and coach Murray Dennis. (Submitted photo)

By Russ Green-Sports Editor

For a team featuring one senior, a sophomore and three freshmen, the Lady Spartan golf team handled the pressure of – for most of them – its first post-season test with flying colors.

With all five golfers placing high enough to earn all-district honors, Richmond placed second at the Class 1, District 7 and will move on to the sectional tournament Monday at the Mozingo Golf Course in Maryville.

The Lady Spartans shot a 404 to finish as runner-up, with Smithville winning the district team title with 387. The top two teams and low 15 individual scores not on the qualifying teams advance to sectionals.

Sophomore Breann Mathis, a sectional qualifier last fall, finished just one shot behind Smithville’s Paige Imhoff for the individual district title. After shooting a 48 on the front nine at Shirkey Golf Course, Mathis came back with a 42 on the back for a 90, with Imhoff carding a 46-43 (89) to win the title.

Senior Zoe Harper finished the day with a 52-58 (110) to place in a tie for 15th. Richmond Coach Murray Dennis said it was the district experience of Harper and Mathis that helped the three freshmen prepare for their first post-season tournament.

“Zoe and Breann really helped out our freshman because both of them had district experience,” he said. “I thought our girls did a great job of that Monday.”

The complete story is in the Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012 Richmond News.

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