GCHS lady golfers take third at state

The Lady Red Devils golf team took third place in the UHSAA 3A State Tournament on May 7-8 at Round Valley Golf Course, in Morgan.

The season ended for the Lady Devils the same way it started, with rainy, stormy weather. Athletic Director Ron Dolphin through social media updates reported on May 7th: “Day one girl’s golf with rainy conditions. Richfield 316, Grand, 361, Morgan 371. Joopy [Bamrungmuang] is tied for second. Jamie [Day] is in fifth place. Day two starts earlier due to weather at 8 a.m.”

According to Dolphin, on day two of the tournament, the Richfield Wildcats took first place with a score of 632. The Morgan Trojans locked in second place with 738 and Grand County picked up the third spot with a total of 752 strokes.

Richfield has been absolutely dominant all season long, so it was no surprise the Wildcats took the top prize. Between day one and day two of the tournament, Morgan and Grand County were locked in a duel for second place. The Trojans were 10 strokes behind the Red Devils at the end of the first day. On the second day of the tournament, Morgan made up the deficit and claimed second place.

The Lady Devils played well at Round Valley. Dolphin messaged: Almost all the girls did better the second day of the tournament compared to the first.

Bamrungmuang shot 83 and 78 for a 161. Day had 94 and dropped down to 81 on day two for a 175 score. Shaycee Renn swung 99 and 98 for a Grand 197. Jenny Koppell shot 121 and sliced 17 big swings off her game the second day with a 104 score to end up with a 225 total.

Madison Munger shot 115 the first day and went up to 122 strokes on the second day for a total of 237. Munger is a freshman and she has had moments of glory and strokes of genius this season. Next year it will be fun to see her improve even more.

Elly Bauer shot 135 the first day and 124 the second for a total of 256 strokes to round out Grand County’s scorecard at Round Valley.

Reliable, rock-steady Renn has lowered her stroke count and upped her skills all season long. If she returns to the links next year, the responsibility of leadership and heart of Red Devil inspiration will clearly rest within her. The team’s top golfers, seniors Bamrungmuang and Day, graduate at the end of the month.