It was the biggest win yet. And there have been some big ones. The Barton Community College women’s golf team continued to dominant the rest of the field in the Jayhawk Conference winning its fifth straight conference meet this season.
This time the Cougars won by 65 strokes – the largest margin to date – on its home course. It was the fourth time in the five meets that Barton won by at least 60 strokes.
“It was good to win on our home course,” Coach Doug Kaiser said. “Sometimes when you play your own course the girls tend to get a little nervous. But we played well.”
Playing at StoneRidge Country Club in Great Bend the outcome was never in doubt as Barton jumped to a large lead on the first day and coasted home to the win. Barton led by 46 strokes after the first day. In the end the Cougars shot a 504 over the 27-hole event. Dodge City finished second with a 569.
The big battle came between Barton’s Natthakan Teeratrakul and Coffeyville’s Julia Dierker. The two went toe-to-toe in their meet a week ago in Emporia and did likewise again at StoneRidge. Teeratrakul led by a shot after shooting a 6-over par 77 the opening day.
Dierker overtook Teeratrakul on the third hole of the 9-hole finale with a birdie and a Teeratrakul bogey. Teeratrakul didn’t overtake Dierker until the seventh hole then held her off for the fifth win in five conference meets.
Teeratrakul ended the day with a 4-over par 40 while Dierker shot a 41. That gave the Cougar sophomore a 117 total. Dierker finished with a 119.
“Nunee (Teeratrakul) and Julia had a good battle again,” Coach Kaiser said. “Nunee had to come from behind in the final six holes to win. She kept her composure extremely well and that allowed her to win.
“Going back to last year she has won six straight conference tournaments.”
Barton freshman Hye Rin Kim stayed on the heels of the duo with an 80-41 – 121 for third. Dodge City’s Tiara Diaz was fourth at 130 – just two strokes better than Barton’s Madison Walden. Walden was in fourth after the first day but fell to fifth with an 86-46 – 132.
Two more Cougars were next as Abbie Thelen (90-46 – 136) and Madison Werth (88-48 – 136) tied for sixth putting all five Cougars among the top seven golfers during the meet.
Two more Cougars played as individuals during the meet with Lea Clubb finishing eighth with a 92-45 – 137. Presley Smith shot 109-59 – 168.
Barton – and Teeratrakul – will try to complete the sweep of the six conference meets Sunday and Monday in Salina. The teams will compete at the Salina Municipal Golf Course.