Ron Murphy has good memories of Edgewood Golf Club.
And why not? Murphy’s 2003 Richmond High School boys golf team still holds the regional record shot on that course in Anderson.
Edgewood is also the site of Saturday’s upcoming girls golf regional, and Murphy’s Red Devils face a loaded field all focused on advancing to the state finals.
Murphy, too, is focused on continuing Richmond’s strong season, his final as head coach.
“If we don’t go to state, it was still a good year,” said Murphy, who will guide Richmond’s boys golf program one last time in the coming spring.
“We’re all getting along well and we’re having fun, but we’re working at it.”
Richmond went undefeated in dual matches and won six of seven tournaments — so far — including last Saturday’s sectional at Elks.
To be one of the three teams moving on to the Oct. 2-3 state finals at Prairie View Golf Club in Carmel will be no easy task.
The Edgewood lineup features five teams ranked in the state’s top 20 — Columbus North (third), Cathedral (fifth), Hamilton Southeastern (seventh), Fishers (ninth) and Noblesville (17th). Richmond also spent time in the state rankings this season.
“This is a big deal,” Murphy said. “We have to have a big day. Everybody has to be on. It’s always like that.”
Richmond’s latest sectional title was the program’s 21st overall.
Murphy also led Richmond to the state title in boys golf in 2003, and had runner-up finishes in 2002 and 2004.
Richmond’s 2003 team scorched Edgewood for a record 276, and that Red Devil unit was selected this past February by the Indianapolis Star as the state’s all-time best golf team.
Current RHS seniors Angela Roggero and Kayla Owens praised Murphy for his help.
“Ron has just been really great to us for the last four years,” Owens said. “It’s bittersweet because it’s our last year and it’s Ron’s last year and Richard (Pugh, RHS assistant coach) is retiring from coaching also.”
“Ron has helped a lot. So has Richard,” Roggero added. “He definitely focuses a lot on chipping and putting. Those are the key things whenever we play. He makes it very important that we work on that a lot.”
It’s paid off, especially for a team of five that features three freshmen.
The Red Devils opened the season by winning their own invitational. The only tournament they did not win was at New Castle, where the Devils took third.
“We’re all so close and it’s been so fun getting to know Jacey (Cornett) and Maggie (Camp),” said Owens, whose younger sister Karissa is the third RHS freshman. “Leading the team is such a fun role, but also a difficult role and I think we both do that well.
“We’re making great memories and that’s a big part of golf. It’s wonderful to have those high school memories.”
Murphy’s coaching extends to course knowledge, especially when the Red Devils face an unknown, as they did earlier this month in the North Central Conference meet at Coyote Crossing in West Lafayette.
Richmond had not been to that course before, but still captured the tournament title.
“He tries to help us as much as possible when we’re going to a course that’s new, like NCC,” Roggero said. “He wanted to make sure that we knew as much as we did about the course.
“Ron has been a great help the past years.”
He’s had a lot of success. Murphy was named NCC Coach of the Year this season, and by his count has coached 40 all-conference golfers in his career, and 12 all-state honorees.
Murphy said he’ll continue teaching, and wants the Red Devils to continue to excel on the golf course.
“Hopefully they’ll get a good coach next year,” he said.
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