HUTCHINSON — The two teams split the six conference meets this year. With it they shared the Jayhawk regular season title.
So the Region VI Championships would be the determining factor on who was the better team – Barton or Dodge City.
The Cougar women settled that score in convincing fashion by winning the Region VI women’s golf title at Carey Park in Hutchinson. The Cougars shot a 664 to win the region by 25 shots. Dodge was second at 689.
The win was the fourth straight Region VI title, coming on the heels of winning four straight Jayhawk regular season titles.
In the process, Barton freshman Leeseo Park carded the first hole-in-one during competitive play at Barton as well as at Carey Park during a collegiate tournament. She accomplished the rare feat on hole 8 during Friday’s opening round when she aced the 131-yards par 3 hole.
That ace propelled the Cougars to a commanding 26 stroke lead on the way to the win.
“We jump up by 26 strokes on the first day,” Coach Doug Kaiser said. “I think we have a pretty good cushion. But it never seems like you have a big enough cushion. Fortunately for us, it was. That first day proved to be the difference in the title.”
Park and Peerada Piddon led the charge for Barton. The two shot 74 and 75 the opening day on the Par 71 layout. That was 12 strokes better than the top two Dodge scores.
But the rest of the team played well also. MacKenzie Fabrizius shot 87 and Bailey Gage an 89. Those two were able to beat the third and fourth golfers from Dodge by 14 strokes.
The second day it was just a matter keeping pace with the Conquistadors. Dodge shot a 338 and Barton a 339 as the Cougars won by 25 strokes.
Piddon ended up winning medalist honors after shooting a 77 on a very windy Saturday round. That gave her a 10-over total of 152 for first. Park shot 81 Saturday for a runner-up total of 155.
Fabrizius finished tied for fifth with an 87-88 for a 175 total. Bailey Gage and Daleen Turner were ninth and 10th. Gage shot 89-93 for a 182 and Turner 90-95 for a 185.
Leah Clubb was Barton’s fifth golfer during the meet, shooting a 96-97 – 193. Turner played as an individual. Also playing as an individual was Janae Champlain, who shot a 205.
“It was the hardest win of the four,” Coach Kaiser said of the season as a whole. “It was a struggle for us this season. But we starting peaking at the right time.”
The five Cougars golfers that finished in the Top 10 will get to represent the Cougar at the NJCAA National Golf Meet, May 16-19 at Daytona Beach, Fla.
Barton, 325-339 – 664
Dodge, 351-338 – 689
Coffeyville, 373-375 – 748
Individual Standings (Top 10)
1 Peerada Piddon, Barton, 75-77 – 152
2 Leeseo Park, Barton, 74-81 – 155
3 Orakorn Thirayatorn, Dodge, 79-81 – 160
3 Rachanok Rahulpan, Dodge, 82-78 – 160
5 Mackenzie Fabrizius, Barton, 87-88 – 175
5 Julia Dierker, Coffeyville, 90-85 – 175
7 Cheyenne Musser, Coffeyville, 90-90 – 180
7 Tiara Diaz, Dodge, 94-86 – 180
9 Bailey Gage, Barton, 89-93 – 182
10 Daleen Turner, Barton, 90-95 – 185
Barton 325-339 – 664
Peerada Piddon, 75-77 – 152
Leeseo Park, 74-81 – 155
Mackenzie Fabrizus, 87-88 – 175
Bailey Gage, 89-93 – 188
Lea Clubb, 96-97 – 193
Daleen Turner, 90-95 – 185
Janae Champlin, 107-98 – 205