SALINA— A perfect conference season is in the books. The Barton Community College women’s golf team made it 6-for-6 in winning Jayhawk Conference tournaments this season. The final leg was completed with another easy win at the Salina Municipal Golf Course Monday and Tuesday.
The 62-stroke win in Salina was the fifth time in six events that Barton won by at least 60 strokes. The biggest challenge for the Cougars this year came back in October when they won by 47 strokes over Coffeyville at the Coffeyville Country Club.
Barton finished the 27-holes in Salina with a 482 while Dodge City was second with a 544.
“It was good to finish undefeated in conference play,” Barton coach Doug Kaiser said. “We won all seven meets we played in this season – six of them conference meets.”
Barton sophomore Natthakan Teeratrakul also completed a perfect conference season of her own, winning all six Jayhawk meets. She was challenged on numerous occasion, including all three meets in the spring.
Teeratrakul won all three springs meets by two strokes or less. In Salina, Teeratrakul beat teammate Hye Rin Kim by one stroke. Kim had led after the first day shooting a 5-over 76 while Teeratrakul shot a 77. But in the 9-hole outing Tuesday, Teeratrakul came back with an ever par 35 while Kim shot 37. That gave Teeratrakul a 112-113 win.
Coffeyville’s Julia Dierker was third with a 119. Dierker pushed Teeratrakul the previous two conference meets, losing by two strokes in Great Bend and one stroke in Emporia. In the fall, Teeratrakul won by 1, 4, and 10 strokes.
In addition to the 1-2 finish by Teeratrakul and Kim the Cougars placed four more in the top 10. Abbie Thelen was fifth with an 86-42—128, that was four strokes better than the six place effort of Madison Walden who shot 93-39—132. Madison Werth rounded out the Barton team scoring with a 90-46—136 for ninth.
In addition, Lea Clubb played as an individual and placed 10th with a 90-48—138. Hoisington freshman Presley Smith shot 105-56—161 as well.
With a perfect regular season behind them, Barton turns focus to the post season and the Region VI Championships April 24-25. Those will be played at Hutchinson’s Carey Park. Barton is the defending Region VI champion.