Golfers finish fourth at first home tourney

ali bertoch drives the ball at the Moab Invitational
Aly Bertoch drives the ball Monday at the Moab Invitational in her first tournament as a member of the Red Devils girls golf team. Grace Mascaro and Marek Relph also participated in their first competition. Photo by Anthony Militano

The Lady Red Devils hosted the Moab Invitational, the second golf tournament of the season and the young took fourth place out of six regional schools with a best of four team score of 487 on Monday, March 9, at the Moab Golf Course.  

    Jenny Kopell led Grand with a 107. Madison Munger took the second spot with a score of 112. Kaistin Oliver and Lydia Taylor tied with scores of 134. Taylor trimmed eight strokes off of her previous score and as she exited Moab Golf Course.

“Better than last week,” said Taylor with a big smile when asked how she did. 

The Red Devils had seven golfers on the course and the Moab Invitational was the first ever tournament for Aly Bertoch, Marek Relph and Grace Mascaro.  

Richfield Ladycat Ellie Hair had a hole-in-one, an eagle and she nearly finished the course under par, a feat Athletic Director and co-coach Ron Dolphin said was quite an achievement considering the physically demanding nature of the Moab Golf Course.

Dolphin and PGA professional Robert Jones have assumed the coaching and instruction responsibilities of the girls golf team for the remainder of the season.

In a note to The Times-Independent, Dolphin said, “The Lady Red Devils are young this year with just two returners from last year’s scoring team. The girls are eager to learn and improve each day with practice and weekly competitions.”

The team next competes attend the Carbon Invitational Tournament at Carbon Country Club on Thursday, March 19. 

Cove View

The girls golf team took fifth place at the first tournament of the season on Thursday, March 5, at Cove View Golf Course in Richfield. 

The Red Devils competed against Carbon, Emery, San Juan, South Sevier and Richfield and had a final score of 472. 

Munger led the way with 96 strokes, followed by Kopell’s 106. Oliver finished Cove View in 128 strokes and Taylor rounded out Grand’s scorecard with 142.

The Red Devils are in a tough region and Grand has a smaller roster compared to other schools. Richfield, Carbon and Emery are a consistent, competitive challenge for the girls, but Munger and Kopell produced scores that were on par with, if not better, than some of the top golfers in the region.

The team as a whole was a scant six strokes short of tying South Sevier for fourth place.    

“It was great to see the girls finally get a chance to showcase their skills and compete with other schools in Region XII. This gives them a clearer picture of what they need to do to compete at a high level,” Dolphin said in an  email. 

“Madison led the Lady Red Devils with a 96, followed by Jenny. There is a lot of opportunity to be successful this year for the girls and we are eager to see the growth and development of each one,” Dolphin said.