Monday, 15 April 2019 23:46

Raiders wrap up regular season with fifth-place finish at Pinehurst No. 6

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Sophomore Jonathan Rich (86, +14) prepares to hit a tee shot at Pinehurst No. 6. Sophomore Jonathan Rich (86, +14) prepares to hit a tee shot at Pinehurst No. 6. Deon Cranford — The Richmond Observer.

PINEHURST — Monday’s clear blue skies set the tone for the Richmond Raider golf team, as it competed in its final regular-season match of the 2019 campaign.

Playing at Pinehurst Country Club No.6, and hosted by Sandhills Athletic Conference leader Pinecrest High School, the Raiders placed fifth overall. That marked the sixth-straight match Richmond found itself in the No.5 spot.

As a team, the top four Raiders shot for a combined score of 372, just 10 strokes behind fourth-place finisher Scotland High School (362). The Patriots earned their sixth match win of the spring, posting a score of 309.

In second and third place, respectively, were Jack Britt (332) and Purnell Swett (339) high schools. Behind Richmond were Hoke County (402) and Lumberton (492) high schools.

“It was a tough way to end our regular season,” head coach Keith Parsons said. “This was the toughest course we’ve played so far. And when you add some wind, it really makes it interesting.

“Still, we had some great moments,” he added. “It was so great to see how far we’ve come this season, each player made great strides. With everyone back next season, the golf program is in good shape.”

Sophomore Jonathan Rich remained atop the Raiders’ scorecard, posting an 86 (+14) on the day. On the opening nine holes he shot a 44 (+8), before shooting a 42 (+6) on the back nine.

Fellow sophomore Jacob Puckett made a return to the No. 2 spot on the team, shooting a 92 (+20). He notched a 48 (+12) on the front before finishing with a 44 (+8) on the back.

Carter Richardson, also a sophomore, and junior Noah Altman rounded out the top four Raider scores. Richardson shot a 96 (+24), while Altman wasn’t far behind with a 98 (+26). Richardson’s line was a 47 on the front and a 49 on the back, and Altman went 46 and 52.

Also getting some swings in were sophomore Jaxon Mabe and junior Bryson Lampley. Mabe shot a 104, and Lampley ended with a 110.

Now the waiting game starts for the Raiders to see if any of their golfers made the regional round. Parsons explained that those results should be posted Tuesday.

Kyle Pillar

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