The Grand County High girls golf team took second runner up for the third tournament in a row. The Lady Devils attended the Manti Invite on Tuesday, March 19 at the Palisade Golf Course in Sterling, Utah. Grand County, Manti, Emery, Richfield, San Juan, South Sevier and North Sanpete participated in the tournament.
Jamie Day was the ace for Grand at Palisade; she shot 97 and knocked a stroke off her previous score. Shaycee Renn was second best for Grand with a 106. Renn is without a doubt a consistent, reliable teammate; she shot 105 in her first two outings, and was just one stroke off her prior marks at Palisade.
Joopy Bamrungmuang picked up third place with 109. Jenny Kopell fired a 125 and dropped eight big swings off her previous score. Day, Renn, Bamrungmuang and Kopell composed Grand’s 437 second place finish. Madison Munger had 135. Jordyn Reidhead shot 146 to round out the Lady Devils card.
Day and Kopell have earned the “most improved” award so far this season. Day has sliced 13 strokes off her total at the top of the season. Kopell has chopped nine. Every reduced stroke count brings Grand County closer to challenging Richfield, who took first place in the first three contests of the season.
The Wildcats are the powerhouse on the course in Region 15 play; Richfield has seven players on the top 12 by average list; Grand County has three. With the season nearly half over, Day and Kopell appear to be hitting their strides. Renn is rock steady and Bamrungmuang is always a team leader. The Lady Red Devils are a young team, especially compared to other competitors on the course, but then again they have won three second place trophies in the first three weeks of the season. It will be tough to catch Richfield, but not impossible.
For the tournament, Day placed sixth and moved up three spots from her last finish. Renn landed in the twelfth spot, as she had last week. Top 12 female Region 15 golfers by average: Joopy Bamrungmuang is in seventh place with 96.33. Day moved up to ninth place with a 101.67; last week, she had 10th place with a 104 stroke average. Renn rounded out the top 12 with 105.33.
The Lady Devils were scheduled to attend a tournament hosted by South Sevier at Cove View Golf Club on Tuesday, Mar. 26 in Richfield, after The Times-Independent ‘B’ section went to press.