WINFIELD — The fall golf season ended on another positive note for the Barton Community College men’s golf team.
The Cougars finished in a tie for third at the South Central Kansas Fall Invitational held Monday and Tuesday at the Winfield Country Club.
Host Southwestern College won the event by six strokes of Hutchinson. Barton and Kansas City Kansas finished tied for third 27 strokes back of the winner and 21 behind Hutchinson.
Coffeyville also competed in the 10-team event, taking ninth.
“They guys played well,” Barton head coach Doug Kaiser said. “It is a beautiful course. There is a creek that runs through the course that doesn’t allow you to hit a driver on four or five of the par fours or you will hit it in the water. It makes you lay up and do things other than hit driver-wedge.”
The Cougars were alone in third after the opening day with a 302 — 18 strokes off the lead but just nine behind Hutch.
The second day saw Barton shoot a 311 as KCK posted a 308 to catch the Cougars for the 36-hole total of 613.
Since the opening tournament of the season, Barton has posted 18-hole team scores between 300 and 314 in all eight rounds of golf.
The Cougars were once again led by freshman standout Natchapol Srinoon as the Thailand native finished second overall at the event. Barton placed three golfers in the top 20.
Srinoon shot 2-over par 74 on the opening day then came back Tuesday to post a red number, shooting a 1-under 71 for a 36-hole total of 145. That was seven strokes behind the individual champion Shane Gilbert of the host Southwestern.
Gilbert shot 68-70 for an impressive 6-under par 138.
Srinoon played with Gilbert on the second day and probably struck the ball tee to green as good if not better than Gilbert. The problem was on the greens where he missed several short putts.
“Putter (Srinoon) actually shot 1-under with 5 bogeys,” Kaiser said of his Tuesday round. “He missed maybe three or four 4-foot putts or he would have been right there in contention for the medalist. He put the ball in tight on the pin all day.”
Barton sophomore Landon Fox, a Winfield native, tied for 13th at the event with a 75-77 for an 8-over par 152. Also placing in the Top 20 was Koby Beougher with his 79-77 — 156.
Jestin Jackson had a great round to start play on Monday but struggled on Tuesday, finishing with a 74-90 — 164 in a tie for 31st. Andrew Iverson posted an 81-86 — 167.
“The pin placement was on a slope on several greens Tuesday, which made putting very challenging,” Kaiser said. “The best thing to do was lay up short of the green and chip on. That makes you play smart golf. It was that way on about six holes and it took our players a few holes to adjust to that.”
Barton will be off now until late March when the fall season starts back up in Lawrence in Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference play.