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April 2, 2009
SPARTANBURG, S.C. - Twin sisters Richelle Wedzik and Richia Wedzik both transferred to Upstate after their freshmen seasons at Coastal Carolina. Since then, the sisters have traded spots as the Spartans' leader over the past three years. In the 2007-08 season, Richia led the team with a 79.7 stroke average, while Richelle finished in a close second with a 79.8 stroke average.
In their sophomore seasons, it was Richelle who led the team with a 77.8 stroke average, boasting three top-five finishes, eight top-10 efforts and nine top-20 finishes. Richia finished the season ranked third with an 81.5 stroke average, tallying two top-five, five top-10 and six top-20 finishes. She also won the individual championship at the Anderson Invitational.
Richelle finished with an 82 on Tuesday and a 54-hole total of 252 to finish tied for 21st at the Larry Nelson Collegiate in Braselton, Ga. Richia concluded with an 81 on Tuesday and finished tied for 24th with a 253 total for the two-day tournament. The next tournament the sisters will compete in will be the A-Sun Championships, as they will travel to Victoria Hills Country Club in DeLand, Fla. on April 13-15.
Both athletes are also exceptional students in the classroom, achieving selections to the A-Sun All-Academic team last spring. While Richia has focused her studies on an interdisciplinary studies major, Richelle has chose to study early childhood education.
Both Richelle and Richia sat down with upstatespartans.com and discussed their playing experiences at USC Upstate and also whether post-graduation will lead them down different paths.
The two of you were ranked first- and second- on the team last season with only one-tenth of a stroke differentiating the two of you. Are you two very competitive with each other?
Richia: I agree. I'd rather have Richelle do better than me than any other opponents. I think we help boost each other's game and help one another work harder as well.
Why did you both decide to leave Coastal Carolina and come play at USC Upstate?
Richia: We weren't really happy with everything at Coastal Carolina and we felt that we would be more challenged in golf and enjoy ourselves more here at USC Upstate. We're very happy with our decision.
Did the two of you always plan on going to the same school or was it something that more or less just worked out that way?
Richelle: We've never really been separated so we never thought about going to different schools. I guess we just always assumed we'd end up at the same place one way or another.
Would you say that the two of you have more in common or more differences than people think? Can you explain some of them?
Richia: I'd say Richelle is more reserved and keeps to herself more, but many of our likes and interests are similar.
What plans do each of you have upon the completion of your senior season and after graduation?
Richia: Yeah, I think we will both end up home for a year or two and eventually go to grad school. I'd like to teach also, probably on the elementary school level.
In your opinion, what is the best course you have experienced playing on in your career?
Richia: My favorite course is the Victoria Hills Country Club in DeLand, Fla., because I always do well there. I'm excited that conference championships are being played there.
Two Questions for Richelle Wedzik:
You led the team with five top-20 finishes last year and also claimed three top-10 finishes. What's the best part of your golf game in your opinion?
If you could have played a different sport here at USC Upstate, what would you have chosen?
Two Questions for Richia Wedzik:
You were the runner-up to your sister at the 2004 Low Country Junior Amateur. Does she tease you about that?
What has been the key to your success here at USC Upstate over the past three years?