Another conference meet. Another conference win.
That is the story for the Barton Community College women’s golf team. The past nine times the Jayhawk Conference schools have gotten together for a conference meet the Cougars have left with the team title.
Not since 2013 has a team other than Barton won a conference meet.
The ninth in a row, though, was not easy.
The Cougars sent out five freshmen to keep the streak alive. Playing at its home course Barton took a first day lead at StoneRidge Golf Club then held on as Dodge City rallied the final nine holes.
In the end the Cougars finished with a 27-hole total of 516 to edge Dodge by five strokes. Barton opened with a 335 total for 18 holes Monday and closed with a 181 Tuesday over the final nine.
Dodge City shot a 344 to start then made up four strokes on the Cougars the second day with a 177 for a 521 total. Coffeyville was third at 556.
“We played good. Good enough to win,” coach Doug Kaiser said. “We wanted to defend our home course.”
Barton’s Peerada Piddon took individual medalist honors. She opened with a sizzling 1-over 72 on Monday for a 6-stroke lead on teammate Leeseo Pak’ 78. Dodge City’s Rachanok Rahulpan shot 79 and was the only other golfer to break 80.
Piddon wasn’t as sharp on Tuesday with a 6-over 42 but her lead was big enough to win by five strokes. Piddon finished with a 7-over 114. Rahulpan shot Tuesday’s best score with her 40 to finish second with a 119.
Piddon got off to a bad start to the second day with a 5-over 9 on the opening hole.
“The Dodge girls took a par so they gained five strokes on us right there,” Kaiser said. “But Peerada is not the kind of player to get rattled. She came back with par, par, par, par. She played one over the final eight holes.”
Park finished with a 45 on Tuesday for a 2-day total of 123 and in third.
Two more Cougars finished in the top 10 with Bailey Gage and Natalie Fish occupying the final two spots in the top 10. Gage posted Barton’s third best score the opening day with an 89. She shot a 54 on the final day for 143 in 9th. Fish had her score used both days shooting 96-49—145 for 10th.
Mackenzie Fabrizius struggled Monday with a 104 but her efforts Tuesday played huge in Barton’s narrow win. The Spring Hill freshman shot a second day 45 – tied with Pak as the second best Cougar score of the day. Her 149 was just outside the top 10.
A pair of Cougars also played as individuals – both freshmen as well. Taylor Overlees and Daleen Turner both shot 152. Overlees went 102-50 while Turner shot 97-55.
Barton will have two more conference meets before the fall season closes. The Cougars will be at Mariah Hills in Dodge City Oct. 4-5 and at the Coffeyville Country Club Oct. 11-12.