With two meets to play, gaining a share of the Jayhawk Conference championship looked like a tall task for the Barton women’s golf team. After winning just one of the first four meets, Barton needed to sweep the final two.
With just nine left in the regular season, the chances of capturing at least a share of their fourth straight title was looking even bleaker for the Cougars.
But Barton rallied in those final nine holes to win Jayhawk meet six on its home course and grab a share of the title with Dodge City. Each won three meets during the year.
Barton won the final nine holes by eight stroke and left StoneRidge County Club with 532 27-hole total. Dodge City finished with a 536.
“The girls kept going,” Coach Doug Kaiser said. “It was not easy conditions either day but they kept at it and it paid off.”
Pay off it did.
Leading the way that final day was Peerada Piddon. Piddon worked her way around in the wind to shoot a 2-over par 36. Leeseo Park also had a nice second day as well, shooting a 6-over 42.
Combined, the Cougars shot a 176 to Dodge’s 184 Saturday to overcome a four stroke deficit after day one.
Overall, Park led the Cougars with an 83-42 and in a tie for second at 125. Piddon was right behind her with an 88-38 for 126 alone in fifth.
Orakorn Thirayatorn of Dodge won individual medalist with a 76-46 – 122. Teammate Rachanok Rahulpan and Coffeyville’s Julia Dierker tied with Park for second at 125.
Mackenzie Fabrizius and Lea Clubb both tied for seventh overall with a total of 142. Fabrizius shot 96-46 while Clubb shot a 92-50. Bailey Gage closed out the team portion for Barton with a 93-56 – 149.
The Cougars also had a trio of players compete as individuals. Daleen Turner and Janae Champlin both shot 153 while Emma Ayre finished with a 159.
Now the attention will turn to the Region VI Championships, where Barton is the 3-time defending champion. The region championships will take place April 22-23 at Carey Park in Hutchinson.
“We can settle the tie on the golf course,” Coach Kaiser said. “Dodge City and us can battle it out for the right to call ourselves the conference and region champion.”