High winds derail Grand golfers in Richfield match
by Drew Chowbay
The Times-Independent
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Grand County freshman Shaycee Renn tees off in Richfield last week. Photo courtesy Ron Dolphin
Grand County freshman Shaycee Renn tees off in Richfield last week. Photo courtesy Ron Dolphin
The Lady Devils finished third out of the seven teams that competed at Richfield’s Cove View Golf Course on Wednesday, March 14.

The highly competitive Richfield squad finished first, with a combined score of 173. The runners up were Emery in second at 218, Grand County in third at 231, South Sevier in fourth at 240, Manti in fifth at 248, San Juan in sixth at 271 and North Sanpete in seventh at 292.

Richfield was not the only competitive factor in the match, however, as the girls found themselves fighting against heavy wind conditions. According to Grand County High School Athletic Director Ron Dolphin, the match was initially set for 18 holes until inclement weather conditions caused an early stoppage. “Our players got to 13 holes, then the wind got so bad that balls were being blown off tees,” Dolphin said.

Dolphin also expressed concerns about the weather conditions moving forward as springtime usually tends to be windy in Moab, boding ill for spring sports season — which are mostly held outdoors.

The top contenders from each varsity program will be looking to finish all 18 holes on a future date if weather permits, but Dolphin said it will be difficult for the top players to get their reps in if the weather continues to stifle play.

“The wind was so bad at Cove View that many players were hooking drives into the rough through no error of their own, which prolongs game play and adds a great deal of frustration and anxiety when trying to navigate 18 holes,” Dolphin added.

Despite the complications that arose last week, Dolphin believes that the Lady Devils should get accustomed to playing in high-wind conditions as the weather is likely to last all season.

“The state tournament is in Richfield, and it is usually windy there, so it is a good experience for them,” Dolphin said.

The girls are slated to play at Skyline Golf Course in Mt. Pleasant on Thursday, March 22, weather permitting. Dolphin said he believes this match will be a prime opportunity for the Lady Devils to get accustomed to the windy conditions that will likely be present at the final Richfield tournament.

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