Despite losing two of their best players to graduation, including last year’s 3A state champion, the current Richfield Wildcats girls’ golf team appears to have gotten stronger, as evidenced by a record-setting performance in the season’s first tournament at Cove View Golf Course.
Ellie Hair led the charge with a 75, followed by Piper Harris (77), Bex Poulsen (79) and Natasha Oldroyd (80). The team total of 311 is the lowest score ever for a Lady Wildcat team.
“Three of the top five girls in 3A last year are back with us,” Wildcat coach Todd Mullen said. “On top of that, we have several other girls capable of posting a top four score in any given tournament. We just need to continue to improve around the greens and become more consistent week to week. Our younger players are so fortunate to see how hard our better players work on their games.”
While her team continues to ride the momentum of back-to-back state titles, Hair has clearly asserted herself as the frontrunner for region medalist honors. Hair followed up the 75 with an unforgettable round of 74 at Moab Golf Club, which included a hole-in-one on the 7th hole from 130 yards and three birdies.
Hair has played enough golf to know how volatile it can be.
“We are all playing our hearts out every match, but golf is so completely unpredictable,” Hair said, speaking from the experience of years of tournament golf. “As a player, you really don’t know how the round will turn out. All you can do is try your best on every shot.”
Oldroyd grabbed second place at Moab with an 84, followed by an 86 by Harris and a 93 by Gwen Stubbs.
The Lady ’Cats have taken a commanding 180 stroke lead over second place Emery in region play. The next tournament was slated for today, March 19, at Carbon Country Club, but all high school sports have been suspended for two weeks due to COVID-19 concerns.
Carbon sits in third place, just behind Emery, followed by Grand (fourth), South Sevier (fifth) and San Juan (sixth).