Richmond’s steady improvement on the golf course continued Monday night.
The Red Devils downed New Castle 194-204 on a dry day at Highland Lake, and RHS sophomore Kayla Owens claimed medalist honors with her low score of 44.
“As a team, we’re all getting a lot better,” Owens said. “It’s just a year for a lot of improvement, and that’s great.”
Angela Roggero shot a 48 for the Red Devils, with Mackenzie Spurrier and Lauren Griffin each carding 51’s and Alex Livesay shooting 58.
The young Red Devils were coming off Saturday’s ninth-place finish at the Connersville Invitational.
Owens led the team then, too, firing an 85, followed closely by Roggero’s 88.
“(We’re) getting some experience. We won, and that’s good,” RHS coach Ron Murphy said of Monday’s match with New Castle. “The scores were a little high because it’s so dry. .. We need rain, bad.”
It was just the second dual match of the year for the Red Devils, who have played in several tournaments. They faced Union County last week, and also had a tri-meet earlier this month against Winchester and Monroe Central.
“I think (we’re improving), and I hope the girls think that, too,” Murphy said. “I know that they’re getting better. It takes time. It takes a lot of time.”
And plenty of play, as Richmond continues its fall season with Thursday’s home match against Jay County.
The Red Devils also travel to Connersville for a dual match Sept. 3, before playing Winchester and Muncie Central on Sept. 10 in another three-team affair.
“We go out and we have fun and we try to improve our shots and get ready for sectionals,” Owens said. “That’s really what it’s about, having fun and improving.
“Each girl has dropped like five strokes this year, and that’s awesome. It all really adds up.”
Richmond will host the sectional next month. Hagerstown won last year’s event — the Tigers’ first sectional title ever in girls golf — with Union County second and the Red Devils third.
Richmond also has the North Central Conference tournament on Sept. 14 and a dual match with Hagerstown on Sept. 16 on its fall schedule.
Murphy is pleased with the progress of his team so far, a squad that is comprised entirely of young players, with no seniors in the lineup.
“The future is bright,” he said.