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Richfield takes lead at 2A golf tourney

SPANISH FORK — After the first day of the 2A state golf tournament at Spanish Oaks Golf Course ended Wednesday afternoon, Richfield coach Karl Henderson had his team back out on the putting green by early evening going over some trouble shots.

With a team score of 329, Richfield holds a three stroke lead over second-place Beaver, but the defending state champions don't seem satisfied.

Strong morning winds blew over the course throughout the first nine holes Wednesday, but even after the weather died down, Henderson still doesn't think his team played its best golf.

"It was kind of a windy start," Henderson said. "The wind in Spanish Fork blows until about 10:30 a.m. But even after it settled down they had some trouble. I don't think any team shot their best today."

Josh Jaussi had the low score of the day for Richfield with an 80, but Kellan Esquibel of Grand had the overall low of 78. Kory Morrow shot an 81 for Beaver for third best score of the day.

Sitting in third place after the first day is Juan Diego with a team score of 339, led by Mike Uhle who shot an 82. Despite Esquibel's performance, Grand is only in fourth place at 343, with Manti a distant fifth place at 359.

Richfield's Kyle Chappell, Beaver's Derek Jensen, and Manti's Matt Lyons, join Uhle four shots back from the lead.

Kennon Anderson of Richfield, Trevor Hunt of Beaver, and Joey Valerio of Juan Diego are all within striking distance at five shots back.

With first place still up in the air, Henderson believes his team will need a lot of focus to fight through weather conditions and go home with the trophy.

"That's all part of sports," Henderson said. "You're dealing with young high school kids here. But some of them have been in the trenches before and they know what it takes."

Beaver will look for more solid performances from Morrow and Jensen, and also hopes to pick up a few more strokes from Hunt and Bo Black.

Juan Diego's Heidi Kim and Mario D'Ambrosio who shot seven and 10 back respectively also have some room to gain a few shots to close in on Richfield.

Millard is currently in sixth place with at 374, followed closely by North Summit at 377. Rowland Hall is eighth at 382 with Kanab sitting last at 395.