Aidan Richmond. Photo courtesy of kwucoyotes.comKWU AthleticsKansas Wesleyan's Aiden Richmond wasn't going to pass up his last opportunity to play well in a tournament on his home golf course.Richmon"> Aidan Richmond. Photo courtesy of kwucoyotes.comKWU AthleticsKansas Wesleyan's Aiden Richmond wasn't going to pass up his last opportunity to play well in a tournament on his home golf course.Richmon">

KWU’s Richmond 3rd, Coyote Women’s 2nd at Central Plains

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Aidan Richmond. Photo courtesy of kwucoyotes.com

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Kansas Wesleyan’s Aiden Richmond wasn’t going to pass up his last opportunity to play well in a tournament on his home golf course.

Richmond shot 77 of 5 over par and finished third with an 80-77-157 total in the Central Plains Invitational on Tuesday at Salina Country Club. She was one stroke behind runner-up Ida Lihufvdh of Bethany (78-78—156) and 13 strokes behind individual champion Cristina Galban of Southwestern Christian (74-71—145).

KWU finished second as a team with a total of 324-321—645, four strokes behind Southwestern Christian (326-315—641) and six strokes better than third place Bethany (322-329—651).

“It was really fun and I was happy with it,” Richmond said. “It’s my last year and my last home tournament and I feel like I’ve made it the best home tournament for me personally.”

Richmond said she’s approaching everything with a sense of urgency this year.

“I feel like that every tournament, in everything we do in golf, that’s going to be the last time I can do that and I better make the most of it,” she said.

Richmond finished fifth after Monday’s first 18 holes but moved up the final 18 holes.

“My practices, hitting these fairways, my irons were working pretty well,” she said. “A few unlucky shots but my swing overall was hitting well. Certainly if some putts had dropped it would have been a bit better, but I’m happy with the way I played.”

Richmond said Greens Tuesday was different from Monday and kept things interesting.

“The greens were tough,” she said. “(Monday) the (balls) were rolling very differently than today in my opinion. Working with slower greens yesterday versus they were rolling a lot more today was definitely something to get used to.”

KWU coach Coleman Houk said Richmond has been playing well lately.

“She’s really turned it on here for the past four weeks,” he said. “She was top three in Wichita (Crestview Fall Invitational) and had a phenomenal outing last week, so we knew she was playing really well coming in. It’s exciting to see what she’s going to do in Match Play (Kansas Conference) (next week). She’s a notoriously good player in match play.”

Houk said his improvement was no accident.

“She takes as much time if not more than anyone here, he said. “She stays after training; we see her here at weekends just to work and it showed today.”

Corey Mein (SR/Liberal, Kan.) also cracked the top 10 for Wesleyan tied for seventh with a score of 79-84—163. Abby Donovan (SO/Concordia, Kan.) finished 14th (82-83—165); Hannah Hart (JR/Ventura, Calif.) and Chaney Littell (FR/Winfield, Kan.) were among five golfers tied for 15th at 167, with Hart shooting 90-77 and Littell 83-84. Thalia Ramirez (JR/Olathe, Kan.) tied for 22nd (85-85—170); Skylar Smallwood (FR/Henryetta, Okla.) tied for 25th (89-84—173); Morgan McReynolds (FR/La Junta, Colorado) tied for 35th (88-92—180); Abby Day (FR/Pryor, Okla.) finished 38th (94-90—184) and Vanessa Sexton (SO/Burleson, Texas) finished 39th (93-93—186).

“We played hard for two rounds,” Houk said of his team. “Southwestern Christian are a super strong team and would have loved to get this win. But we’ll move on to next week’s game and we’ll probably be the only seed for both sides.”

The KCAC Match Play event will take place October 3-4 at Mariah Hills Golf Course in Dodge City.


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