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RHS fifth in tough tourney field

Becca Westbrook watches her birdie putt fall on the par-5, eighth hole during Wednesday’s Richmond Invitational held at Shirkey Golf Course. (Photo by Russ Green/Richmond News.)

Becca Westbrook watches her birdie putt fall on the par-5, eighth hole during Wednesday’s Richmond Invitational held at Shirkey Golf Course. (Photo by Russ Green/Richmond News.)

By Russ Green-Sports Editor

In a field featuring larger schools, the Lady Spartans held their own at Wednesday’s Richmond Invitational held on a damp Shirkey Golf Course.

Pembroke Hill grabbed another Richmond title with 353, which was 10 shots ahead of second-place Blue Springs. Warrensburg finished third with 365, while the Lady Spartans took fourth in the 13-team field with a 375, while St. Teresa’s placed fifth with 380. The Richmond junior varsity took 10th place with 447.

Coach Murray Dennis said it was a great experience competing against larger schools.

“I felt very good about how we played and for how far our girls have come the past few seasons,” he said. “All 10 of our girls got to play in this tournament and it was a great exposure for our JV to play in a tournament with the caliber of teams we had.”

It also gave Richmond a sneak peak at some of the district competition.

“We were able to get a look at one of our District opponents, Pembroke Hill, and we found out that we can compete with them,” Dennis said. “It should be interesting come district time and I feel our girls will have a lot of confidence going in that they can compete if we concentrate on taking care of things we can control, each and every shot.”

Hanna Johnson of Warrensburg finished the day with a 6-over par 80 to earn medalist honors, which was two shots ahead of runner-up Mariah Peters of Blue Springs and India Gaume of Pembroke Hill.

Becca Westbrook had another good tournament showing for the Lady Spartans. The Richmond junior shot a 43 on the front nine and followed with a 44 to finish in a tie for seventh with Mady Acers of Blue Springs.

The complete story is in the Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014 Richmond News.

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