SANFORD — Golf is a game of consistency, and during their second match in three days, the Richmond Raiders got into a groove on Thursday.
Competing in their third match of the spring, this time at Sanford Golf Course, the Raiders impressed with a new season-low team score.
Finishing the nine-hole match in third place out of six teams, also a season-best placement, Richmond shot a 182.
Using the top four scorers out of the six golfers in action, the Raiders shaved an impressive 18 strokes off their team score from Monday’s previous season-best 200 at Foxfire.
“What a day for us,” head coach Keith Parsons said. “The best part for me was after the match, when our group stood by the area where scores were reported to see where we finished.
“They were so excited when they saw we beat last week’s score by 18 strokes and finished third. What a great moment.”
Richmond used its same six golfers from Monday’s match to finish just six strokes out of second place behind Lee County High School (186).
For the second time in three matches, freshman Kevin Tabacolde topped the scorecard outright for the Raiders. He shot a 41 (+6) on the par 35 front nine of the course, matching his season-low score.
Senior Ayden Mabe also shot a season-best score, finishing the day with a 42 (+7). That was two strokes lower than his previous best score (44 at Foxfire).
Making the biggest leaps on the scorecard were senior Walker Lambeth and freshman James Pack. The two Raiders combined to take 13 fewer shots than earlier in the week.
Both posting a new career-low score, Lambeth shot seven strokes better and finished with a 49. Pack followed by chipping six shots off his outing at Foxfire, finishing the day with a 50.
Also competing for Richmond were first-year seniors Jullian Cline (58) and Jeff Linton (61).
Pinecrest High School won the match, its third straight victory to start the season, with a team score of 153. Cooper Hanson’s round of 36 (+1) led the field.
Finishing fourth through sixth were Southern Lee (189), Union Pines (194) and Scotland (216).
Through three matches, Richmond sits fifth in the SAC standings with 10 points. The Raiders trail fourth-place Union Pines (11 points) and third-place Southern Lee (12 points).