Kayla Owens admitted to getting a little frustrated after a slow start to Thursday’s dual golf match at Highland Lake.
“I was 4-over after three holes, and I kind of got worked up after that. So I had to come back with three birdies and par the rest out,” the Richmond High School junior said.
Owens surged to a 37, which she said was her varsity career-low for nine-hole matches, helping the Red Devils defeat Union County 187-217.
“I was really happy with 37,” Owens continued. “I don’t regret having the bogey and the double, because I think it helped shape my birdies later on. And I’m really happy with 37.”
Owens is in her second year as Richmond’s No. 1 golfer and played with older sister Haley Owens for a year.
Younger sister Karissa Owens is an eighth-grader and expected to play with Kayla Owens next year.
“My dad started playing golf when he was in college, and he taught us how to play golf,” Kayla Owens said. “We’ve been playing ever since, and it’s really helped my personality and it’s helped me become a better person.”
Her game is improving, too, as head coach Ron Murphy and the Red Devils hope to improve as the North Central Conference tournament nears.
Richmond is 4-0 in dual matches and won the Union County Invitational earlier this year.
Angela Roggero shot 49, Mackenzie Spurrier 48, Shelby Helton 53, Alex Livesay 61 and Maddie Mopps 77.
“I can tell that our putting’s getting a little better,” Murphy said. “Chipping’s still not really good, but putting is good. So NCC is in a couple more weeks, and then the sectional.”
The Red Devils were also fourth at their own invitational to start the season, fifth at the New Castle invite and eighth at the Ben Davis invite.
Kayla Conrad shot 43 for Union County, Hannah King had 45, Sydney McClure 48 and J.C. Pike 81.
McClure and Pike are freshmen, while Conrad is a junior and King a senior.
“The girls did all right. I know 43, 45, 48, they can all say, ‘Yeah, we could have done better in different holes,’ but I just want to keep improving, see if we can get better,” Union County coach Tony Gulley said.
The Patriots return to action with a dual match Monday at Oldenburg. Richmond plays at the Hall of Fame invitational Saturday, which features some of the top golf teams in the state.
“We’re all getting better. Personally I’m getting tremendously better,” Owens said. “We’re fixing our shots. We’re fixing our fades, our slices, whatever we have going on, and we’re really coming together and starting to shoot better scores.”
RED DEVILS 187, PATRIOTS 217
Union County (217)– Kayla Conrad 43, Hannah King 45, Sydney McClure 48, J. C. Pike 81.
Richmond (187)– Kayla Owens 37, Angela Roggero 49, Mackenzie Spurrier 48, Shelby Helton 53, Alex Livesay 61, Maddie Mopps 77.