Ron Murphy always knew how much talent he had on his 2003 Richmond boys golf team.
The longtime Red Devil coach simply received more confirmation on Wednesday.
The Indianapolis Star selected the 2003 RHS team as the all-time best golf team in Indiana. The Red Devils blistered Edgewood Country Club for a regional record — that still stands — of 276 before winning the state tournament with a then-record, 36-hole tally of 587.
“It’s a really big honor, a really big honor. We’re a golf town,” Murphy said.
The Red Devils featured four all-state players in C.D. Hockersmith, Ben Lakoff, A.J. Walton and Jon Schultz.
Murphy is convinced they should have had a fifth in Brian Maurer, the sophomore whose low round of 70 led the Devils on the final day.
Center Grove was second with 594.
“There had never been four guys who had been on the same team all-state, maybe not even three,” Murphy said.
Richmond winning the state title that year was the last big story covered by Jan Clark during his tenure as Palladium-Item sports editor.
The Red Devils won in June. Clark retired in July. Hockersmith told Clark before the state tournament Richmond was going to win it all.
Clark quoted him, too, and Murphy didn’t seem to mind the bold prediction.
After the final hole of the state tournament at the Legends, Hockersmith reminded the veteran newsman of his prophetic words.
“He said, ‘See? I told you,’” Clark recalled. “Those guys gave me a great going away present.
“I’ll always remember that. He (Hockersmith) always had a grin on his face when he said that. Darn if they didn’t pull it off. It was amazing. Those guys were so good across the board.”
Murphy still keeps in touch with his former players, and sent them text messages about the honor.
“That’s pretty awesome,” he said.
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