All Garden City High School needed on Tuesday at the WAC golf tournament in Great Bend was a second-place finish to seal up the league title.
The Buffaloes did one better, winning on Great Bend’s Stoneridge Country Club by nearly 20 shots, scoring a team total of 362, led by Alyssa McMillen’s 77, earning her the individual title and WAC Player of the Year. Hays took second as a team at 381.
“It was really good. We accomplished our goals,” GCHS head coach Trent Specht said. “First, we won the tournament, and we won WAC as a team, and we had three girls getting conference honors.”
Garden City’s Elena Lemke had the second-best individual score with an 86, while Grace Yi was eighth with a 96, earning her an All-WAC honorable mention. Emma Kells rounded out the counting scores with a 103, finishing 10th. Ashtyn Turrentine carded a 115, and Rian Linenberger shot a 122.
But it was McMillen who lapped the field by nine strokes.
“And she had one really bad hole,” Specht said, mentioning her round could have been even better. “Besides that, she played really, really solid. Last three weeks, she’s had really good scores.”
As have all of the Buffs, each of whom have shot their personal records — for the school team — in the last two weeks, a good sign heading into Monday’s Class 6A regional event.
“We’re playing our best golf right now,” Specht said. “We’re peeking at the right time, and that’s what you want going into regionals.”
The Buffs return to their home course of Buffalo Dunes to play in the regional on Monday. Tee time is set for 10 a.m.