The Lady Devils golf team earned second place at Skyline Mountain Resort in Ephraim on Thursday, March 22.
Weather once again played a major role in the performance of all the teams, as the windy and wet conditions proved to be somewhat of an obstacle for the golfers. “The weather did have an impact,” said coach Ron Dolphin. “They only got to play nine holes again.”
While the limitations caused by inclement weather are preventing the Lady Devils from playing in ideal circumstances, Dolphin said they are getting positive play in, and growing as a team.
Richfield took first place again this season with a team score of 182 at the meet, and Grand County came in second with 219. Emery was right behind, finishing with an overall team score of 227. Individually for Grand County, Shaycee Renn took first place, shooting a 46 on nine holes. She barely edged teammate and top contender Joopy Bamrungmuang, who finished with 48 strokes. Annie Kopell finished third with 53 strokes and Eliza Farnsworth was fourth with 72 strokes.
Dolphin said he is excited to see the level of friendly competition among the Lady Devils ranks, stating, “Joopy has always been our low medalist (top contender) and still is, but it’s good to see the girls pushing each other. Competition builds a better team.”
He also added that the girls are not actually competing against one another directly, but they are sharpening their skills by playing together. Lower scores mean the team becomes more competitive, he said. The competition “eliminates complacency” as Dolphin put it. The girls remain at the number three spot overall in 3A Region 15, but their team score has dropped for two consecutive weeks, which makes them a competitive squad moving forward in the season.
Regarding the setback with weather conditions — one that prevented the top contenders from playing 18 holes — Dolphin said, “The top 20 girls have to play 18 holes to get the experience, so we really have to push to make that happen.”
Grand County currently has three players ranked in the top 20: Bamrungmuang at No. 6, Kopell at No. 8 and Renn at No. 9. The girls competing in the bottom 20 will be playing nine holes as before.
Dolphin also noted, “The girls are having a lot of fun this season, and they are not letting the weather affect their enthusiasm for the sport.”
The Lady Devils will have the week off and their next match will be away at Cove View in Richfield on Wednesday, April 4.