EMPORIA – It was like a five month layoff never happened. The Barton Community College women’s golf team rolled through the first three Jayhawk Conference meets in first place during the fall.
The first meet of the spring season was no different. Barton rolled to wins in the fall by 60 strokes, 63 strokes and 47 strokes. The spring season opened with a 62-stroke win at the Emporia Municipal Golf Course Sunday and Monday.
The win locked up the Jayhawk Conference title for Barton having won the first four of the scheduled six meets.
Barton finished the 27-hole event with a team score of 517 – far ahead of the 579 shot by Coffeyville. Dodge City was third with a 589.
Not only did Barton dominate in the final team score the Cougars dominated individually as well taking the 1-3-4-5-9 spots.
“We really had some good scores,” Barton coach Doug Kaiser said. “We hit the ball pretty good most of the meet and wrapped up the conference. It was a good two days for us.”
Natthakan Teeratrakul rallied to win individual honors with a 2-over par 37 to finish the tournament on Monday. She trailed by a one stroke after play on Sunday when she shot 11-over 82. That put her one behind Julia Dierker from Coffeyville. But Teeratrakul beat Dierker by a pair of strokes Monday to win individual honors by a single stroke, 119 to 120.
“She is a good player,” Coach Kaiser said of Dierker. “It was a battle between the two the entire meet that came down to the last hole. Nunee (Teeratrakul) had to earn it. She has won all four conference meets so far.”
Hye Rin Kim was third for the Cougars with a 127. She was in the mix after play Sunday with an 83 but shot a 44 on Monday to fall behind the two leaders.
Barton followed in fourth and fifth with Abbie Thelen and Madison Walden. Thelen shot 92 Sunday then came back with the third best score of Monday at 42 for a 134. Walden stayed close to Thelen the entire meet with a 94-43 for her 137 total.
Madison Werth rounded out Barton’s team with a 97-51 – 148. The Cougars played the meet without Madison Krull who missed the meet due to an illness.
The Cougars took a pair of individuals as well and freshman Lea Clubb earned a top 10 effort with her play. Clubb shot a 98-48 to finish in ninth place with a 146. Hoisington freshman Presley Smith shot 116-57 for a total of 173 during the meet.
“Lea got hurt in the fall and this is just her second meet for us,” Coach Kaiser said. “It was exciting to her shoot so well.”
Barton still has two more conference meets this spring, including the next meet on its home course. The Cougars will host conference meet 5 at StoneRidge Country Club Monday and Tuesday. The final conference meet will be in Salina April 12-13.