The Dodge City Red Demons girls golf team finished 7th place Thursday afternoon at Mariah Hills Golf Course in the team’s lone home-tournament of the season.
Altogether, the team recorded a score of 444.
Senior Chesney Moore had the best individual score among the Red Demons, shooting 101 and landing in 8th place individually. Senior Taylor Starnes finished with a score of 122.
Head coach Jim Mapel said it was a good day for the team.
“We made some progress today,” Mapel said. “I was really proud of how the girls competed. We talked about it afterwards.”
Afterward, Mapel said the team didn’t just talk about the positive things they did. They discussed the mental errors they made as well.
“We’re pretty inexperienced this year,” Mapel said. “We just have Chesney (Moore) and Taylor (Starnes) (that) are the only two that have played varsity before this year.”
The progress the team made Thursday was part of a bigger process, one that will take time Mapel said. Still, he said it was a good day even if it was imperfect for the team.
Next up for the team is a trip to Garden City to play on the Buffalo Dunes Golf Course next Monday. That course, Mapel said, is much like Mariah Hills.
“It’s another challenging course a lot like Mariah Hills,” Mapel said. “They have long, native rough like we do. Probably the three toughest courses we play are the three toughest we’ve played: Smokey Hill in Hays last week and then ours at Mariah and then Buffalo Dunes. So it’s going to be a similar kind of war-of-attrition again at Buffalo Dunes.”
Mapel said the team should be OK though.
“I feel better going into it after today’s performance,” Mapel said.