Golf steps up to challenge at first 3A state tournament
by Jacque Garcia
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Grand County freshman Jenny Kopell putts on the green at the 3A state tournament May 8 in Richfield.     
Photo by Patsy Stoddard, 
EC Progress
Grand County freshman Jenny Kopell putts on the green at the 3A state tournament May 8 in Richfield. Photo by Patsy Stoddard, EC Progress
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The Grand County girls golf team held their own at their first 3A state tournament May 8 and 9 in Richfield. The team finished tenth out of 13 teams with a score of 447.

“In 2A, it was always a one-day event,” explained Ron Dolphin, the team’s game day coach. “We’ve never had a two-day event.” Despite the change and the more competitive field, the team stepped up to the challenge. Six out of the eight golfers on the Lady Devils team were first-time golfers this season.

“I was very impressed with this group of girls. They did some amazing things. They’ve gotten better each and every week, which is the ultimate goal,” Dolphin said.

Individual team members contributed to the overall score of 447 via results from the four best players. Those scores were achieved by Jordyn Reidhead with 130, Shaycee Renn with 118, Annie Kopell with 115, and Joopy Bamrungmuang with 84. The Lady Devils were not one of the eight teams that advanced to the second day of the tournament, but Bamrungmuang scored well enough to advance and compete individually.

“She played really well,” said Dolphin of Bamrungmuang’s performance. “After day two, she placed ninth overall in the state tournament. That should make her all-state golf as well because, generally, the top ten girls make it.”

Taking first place in the 3A tournament was Richfield High School, a team the Red Devils competed with all season. “I’m glad we have Richfield in our district because they’re a great team,” remarked Dolphin. “My girls got along with them really well and there’s some good sportsmanship and conduct. They made everybody better.”

Dolphin said the Grand County team made a lot of progress over the season, and he looks forward to working with them next season. “It was a really young team and they all got to learn and grow together,” he said. “I think we made some lifelong golfers.”

Both the girls and boys golf teams will continue to train throughout the summer. As a part of the high school team, the players have the opportunity to play for free at the Moab Golf Club.

“The guys and ladies who play are so supportive of our kids,” Dolphin said. “It’s a fantastic resource to be able to work with for the school.” Dolphin expects the Red Devils will train at the golf club and return to school more prepared for a new season. “They’re excited to work in the offseason and they’re motivated to improve.”

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