HESSTON — The Barton Community College men’s golf team finished in fifth place on Monday at the Hesston Country Club in fifth Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference meet of the season.
With the fifth-place finish, Barton has positioned itself solidly in the overall fifth spot with only the Jayhawk Conference championships left on the conference slate.
Hutchinson won the meet with a 36-hole team total of 596. The Cougars shot a 650, edging Allen County by a single stroke for the fifth spot.
Travis Kleweno finished tied for 11th individually with a 15-over 157. The Cougars will wrap up the conference season on Monday and Tuesday at Sand Creek Station in Newton for the nine-team conference meet.
The event will be a 54-hole tournament with the players shooting 36 holes the opening day and 18 holes the final day.
The Cougars were consistent as a team between the morning 18 holes and the afternoon 18 holes.
Barton shot a 326 in the morning round and a 324 in the afternoon round.
Barton had a 3-stroke lead over Allen County after the opening round then held on as Allen shot at 322 the final 18 but finished with a 651.
Independence, which had been battling Barton for fifth in the season standings, had a rough day and finished 8th, giving the Cougars some separation from the Pirates.
Kleweno led the way for Barton, also staying consistent on the day with a 79-78—157 over the par 71 course.
Tanner George was tied for 27th with a 77-87—164, while Timothy Spare shot a near reverse of George with an 87-79—166 for 31st.
Tanner Berning posted an 83-85—168 for Barton and Casey Hitch shot a 94-82—176.
It was Hitch’s 82 in the afternoon that proved to be the difference for Barton in securing its place in the team standings.
The 82 was the third- best score of the round and saved the Cougars, who finished fifth by a single stroke over Allen.
Ryley Haas of Hutchinson won the meet with a 74-69—143. That mark was five strokes better than second place, and his 69 was the only round even or under par during the day.
The fifth-place finish tied for Barton’s best on the season in conference play. No team other than the top 4 in the conference — Hutchinson, Dodge City, Johnson County, and KCK — has finished in the top 4 of any conference meet this year.
The Cougars have finished fifth or sixth in all five meets now.