It was two weeks ago that the prestigious Lawrence Invitational girls golf tournament at Alvamar Golf Course was washed out by rain and lightning, forcing the Garden City Lady Buffaloes to make the long trip home without anything to show for it.
On Tuesday, however, the Lady Buffs' No. 1 golfer, Abbi Shaddix, returned to Lawrence for the make-up date and she fired a 1-under-par 71 to tie for first place with Audrey Judd of Olathe Northwest.
Rather than use the traditional sudden death playoff on the course, tournament officials elected to utilize a scorecard playoff where the scores of Judd and Shaddix were matched from the lowest handicap holes until one player scored lower than the other. Judd won the second lowest handicap hole with a par while Shaddix bogeyed.
The Lady Buffs team, including Shaddix, is competing today at the Wichita Northwest Invitational at Sim Park Golf Course in Wichita and then will make the short trip to Hutchinson for that tournament on Thursday.
Shaddix, a senior, finished sixth at the Class 6A state golf tournament last year as a junior, and this year's tournament will be played at her home course, Buffalo Dunes Golf Course, on Oct. 21. Judd was last year's Class 6A state medalist.
The Garden City Lady Buffaloes volleyball team swept its three matches on Tuesday night at Dodge City, improving its season mark to 12-9 and going over the .500 mark for the first time.
The Lady Buffs won all three matches in straight sets, defeating Western Athletic Conference rivals Dodge City (25-17, 25-19) and Liberal (25-15, 25-17) and then rolling past Wichita Word of Life (25-10, 25-5).
"The girls put in a ton of hard work last week," coach Shandra Sanders said of the week layoff for the Lady Buffs. "We put them through a pretty stressful week, mentally and physically, and I think it paid off tonight. We've tended to have lulls in our second matches and lose a little focus, and the goal has been to train ourselves out of that, and it showed tonight."
Jaymie Bernbeck and Erika Schafer were the leaders in kills with 21 and 17, while Bernbeck and Taylor Linenberger paced the team in blocks with six and four, respectively.
"I thought we served really well and passed the ball well tonight," Sanders said. "They were going on all cylinders and it was fun to watch. They're processing the game and picking each other up."
Jamie St. Clair had 30 digs for GCHS, while Taryn Tempel added 26. Jacksenie Tornero and Erin Kunely contributed 24 assists each. Bernbeck and Tempel were the leaders in service aces with nine and eight, respectively.
Next up for the Lady Buffs will be the Wichita Heights Invitational on Saturday. They won't return home again until Oct. 10, when they host their Dig Pink Night at The New Garden. It also will be Senior Night.
The always-tough road in the Western Athletic Conference proved every bit of that on Tuesday for the Garden City High School boys soccer team as the Buffs squeaked past Great Bend, 2-1, at Cavanaugh Fields.
Tuesday's win improved the Buffs' season record to 4-3 overall and 2-1 in the WAC. They will host rival Dodge City, a 2-0 victor over Garden a week ago, at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Buffalo Stadium.
The Buffs took a 1-0 lead in the first half when David Amaro took a pass from Eric Barragan in the 26th minute and drilled it into the net. That stood up until the Panthers tied it when Rafael Arias scored on a penalty kick in the 60th minute.
It was Garden City's own penalty kick, this one also by Amaro, in the 71st minute (8 minutes, 20 seconds from the finish) that was the game winner. The penalty kick was awarded when Barragan was fouled on a slide tackle in the box by Great Bend.
"They played as far as needing to win," said GCHS coach Joaquin Padilla. "Several goals we missed with our shots, which has been one of our problems. But we scored one more than they did and that's the most important thing. That's what matters."
The Buffs outshot the Panthers 12-5 and GCHS goalkeeper Israel Reyes recorded five saves. Great Bend's keeper had seven saves.
Great Bend drops to 3-7 overall and 2-3 in the WAC race.