Wednesday, 21 March 2018 00:00

Raiders golf improves with fourth-place finish at Four Gates

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Richmond's Carter Richardson improved 14 strokes from the season opener to shoot an 84 Monday at Four Gates. Richmond's Carter Richardson improved 14 strokes from the season opener to shoot an 84 Monday at Four Gates. Photo courtesy of Deon Cranford.

FAYETTEVILLE – Last week, the weather was not kind to the Sandhills Athletic Conference golfers.  Rain and wind led to a postponement and difficult playing conditions in the week one match.  The forecast for Monday looked unfavorable as well, but this time the rain stayed at bay allowing the conference golfers to complete their 18-holes at Gates Four Golf and Country Club without interference.

Richmond freshman Jonathan Rich led the Raiders for the second week in a row with a score of 80, but it was fellow ninth grader Carter Richardson who stole the spotlight earning the “most improved” award in a big way. 

Richardson chipped away an impressive 14 strokes from last week’s score of 98 to finish with an 84 on Monday.  It was the biggest reduction in strokes by any of the 35 conference players that participated in both matches.

Richardson’s efforts also paid off in the standings.  The Raiders finished in fifth place in the week one match at Bayonet at Puppy Creek last Thursday.  On Monday, Richmond leapfrogged rival Scotland in the standings to finish in fourth place.

Pinecrest once again finished in first place with a team score of 282, Purnell Swett finished in second shooting a 317, Jack Britt took third with 347 strokes, Richmond moved up to fourth with a score of 361, Scotland followed close behind with a 367. Hoke County ended with a 425, and Lumberton finished the day with a 457.

“Overall I think we had a good day but there is still room for improvement,” Richmond head golf coach Al Reams said.  “I just want them to each get better as a player and as a person.”

Also participating in the week two match for the Raiders were freshman Jacob Puckett who shot a 96, senior Evin Mabe who finished with a 101, and sophomore Evan McFayden had a 117.

The Raiders will hit the links again when they travel to Pine Crest Country Club in Lumberton next Monday.