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Ali Rich started her round at the All A regional tournament a little shaky, hitting a sand trap on the first hole and a water hazard on the second hole.
Rich settled down and rebounded, playing well enough to qualify for the All A state tournament. Rich shot an 84 at Eagle Creek on Aug. 26. This is the first time that Rich, a junior, has advanced to the state tournament.
“I’m glad I made it, but honestly, I didn’t play well,” Rich said. “I wasn’t satisfied with my game, but I still made it. It took me a little while because my drives were off. I got my mindset right and started playing better.”
“She didn’t have the best day, but she got the job done,” coach Al Rich said. “It was a goal of hers to make it to the All A state tournament and she did it. She held it together long enough to qualify. She knows that if she puts out a good effort, she can pull through.”
Playing at Eagle Creek, the Lady Demons home course, helped Rich, but she benefited more from playing with the top players in the tournament as she knew what she had to do to qualify for state.
“When you play with girls who are to your ability, you know those are the best girls playing so you don’t have to worry about the other girls in the other groups,” Rich said. “I knew their scores and what I had to do. It helped me relax a little bit.”
In preparation for the All A state tournament, Rich will work on her drives and her putting as she gets ready to compete at Gibson Bay golf course in Richmond on Sept. 12 and wants to shoot in the 70s.
Senior Kara Caldwell shot a 94, missing the all-tournament team by one stroke.
“She had an up and down day, but she’s learning that she needs to focus more and keep her head in the game,” Rich said.
Junior Brittany Elliot shot a 110, knocking off six strokes from her last 18 hole round.
“She’s striking the ball better and her confidence has come up a lot,” Rich said. “She’s improving and getting more distance out of her drives and second shots. She’s coming along.”