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Richmond Advances with gRitty Performance

Karissa Owens focuses after hitting her chip shot.

Survive and advance. That was the feeling after the first three holes for Richmond’s Girls Golf team.

Richmond started twenty-eight over on the first three holes as a team, and put themselves in a major hole that they had to fight out of. Rough stretches have been the theme this year, as the girls have let one bad shot turn into another.

However, when it mattered during NCC last week and sectionals on Saturday, Richmond rebounded and showed some serious #gRit.

The Lady Devils came away second, an improvement from their third place finish the prior year. They shot a 361 while Franklin County won with a 252.

Richmond had several birdies over the next stretch of holes after their rough start and fought their way back into contention.

Dana Branstetter was in a league of her own as she shot the only score in the 70’s with a 78. This was Dana’s last sectional, and she went out on top in a big way. Chloe Brown was second as an individual with an 83.

Karissa Owens focuses after hitting her chip shot.

Karissa Owens focuses after hitting her chip shot.

Karissa Owens looked at her coach after the third hole and said, “Coach, this isn’t going to be a good day. I don’t have my swing.” Proving just how good Owens is, she still finished third overall with an 85.

Jacey Cornett struggled all day and came in with a 91. Cornett is looking forward to Regionals, where she shot a 78 earlier this year at the host course; a score that would put her in contention to move on to State as a Junior.

Brianna Fisher (sophomore) continued her strong second half of the season with a 96, a score she has come to loath as of late, having shot it three out of the last four times with a 95 being the fourth score. Fisher looks to break away from that number and get below 95 for the first time.

Spurrier looks on as her putt roles towards hole.

Spurrier looks on as her putt roles towards hole.

Ashlyn Spurrier (freshman) came up big once again as she shot an 89, eight strokes better than any other number four and good enough for eight overall. Spurrier looks to avenge her score at Regionals from the tournament the team played at the course earlier this season.

Maggie Camp has been hitting the ball well on and off all season. The days Camp has not had her swing, her short game has been on-point. The days where Camp is hitting the ball well, she struggles around the greens. Saturday, Camp struggled around the greens and shot a respectable 104. Her coach looks for her to have a very strong outing on Saturday at Regionals as she is due for a day where everything comes together.

Really, Maggie Camp’s season kind of represents how Richmond’s as a whole has gone. Only once this season has it all come together. They have had more lip out putts than any team in memory and they’ve had terrible bounces all year.

The golf course owes them a lot for all the hard work they’ve put in, and this Saturday at Regionals may be the day where it all comes back together for them.

The team gets back at it hard on Monday for practice as they plan to key in on their short game and place their shots. The Edge is a short course and they have small greens. The key will be smart play and good chipping. This is one of the smartest teams in the state, and they look to carry that over to the course.

Survive and advance. On Saturday at Regionals, they look to do more than just survive.

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