Ridge Continues Climb in Girls' Golf
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Jordan Ridge continued to set the standard in Mid-Southeastern Conference girls' golf with her second 3-under-par round in a row Monday afternoon.
The Patriot senior, who has made a verbal commitment to play golf at Coastal Carolina University next year, is also having an impact in other ways.
Playing at Pinehurst No. 1, Ridge shot a 70, leading the Patriots to their lowest team score of the season.
Amanda D'Ostroph of Union Pines was the runner-up with a career-best score of 76. Gretchen McLean of Douglas Byrd was third with an 84.
The Patriot team score of 331 included the results for Tiffany Phasukkan, 85, and Michelle Sohn and Caitlin Miller, both with an 88.
The team score of 351 by Union Pines, a non-conference member, was the second best of the afternoon. It included an 86 by Katie Roberts, an 88 by Laura Klinsman and a 101 by Hunter Horne.
Ridge's round on the course set up at par 73 included an eagle, three birdies and two bogeys. It brought her one step closer to a goal her teacher, Pinehurst professional Kelly Mitchum, set during the summer.
She has been the medalist in each of the six conference matches
"The goal was to have three scores under par and one at par," Ridge said. "I have one more round under par to go."
A couple of other golfers feeling good about their rounds were the Vikings' D'Ostroph and the Patriots' Virginia Jones, who was playing as an alternate.
"I finally found my drive this weekend, working with my coach Al Arrigoni," D'Ostroph said. "Everything just seemed to be clicking."
With Union Pines not having a conference to play in, she was glad to join up with the Pinecrest players, especially Ridge.
"I was really excited to play with them because it would mean good competition and really good courses," the sophomore said. "Playing with Jordan has been inspirational. Like last week when she shot 69 it was like 'Whoa, that's really good.' She's going to be playing in college and that's something I would like to do.
"I just really look up to her and try to keep up with her."
Union Pines coach Matt Ragsdale calls D'Ostroph a hard worker.
"She's one of those girls that is a competitor -- always trying to get better -- improving her swing and her course management," he said.
Pinecrest coach Sandy Sackmann wishes Jones had a few more years to play for her team. The senior didn't take up golf until last year. Last week she broke 100 for the first time with a 99. Monday, she had a 98 that included a birdie.
"This is the girl right here," Sackmann said, putting an arm around Ridge. "Jordan worked with her all summer because Virginia was afraid she wouldn't make the team. She's qualified to play as an alternate in every match, so that's really good.
"Virginia contributes in so many ways besides playing. She's very excited about the progress in her game and the other girls see that, too. Last year I don't think she enjoyed it. This year she loves it so that makes all the difference in the world."
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