LIBERAL — With the WAC championship on the line, the Garden City High School boys golf team put together its best effort of the year, posting a 296 team score in Liberal on Friday.
The Buffaloes’ first sub-300 score of the year captured the tournament title and the WAC championship over Hays, which came in second on Friday with a 305. The two teams went into Friday tied in the WAC standings.
“Yeah, it was a really good day. We played really solid as a team,” GCHS head coach Trent Specht said.
The Buffs’ previous best team score was a 312, smashing that by 16 strokes Friday.
“I just think our short game finally came together,” Specht said. “We hit the ball better, and we didn’t waste as many strokes from inside 100 yards.
We got off to a better start, too. We weren’t playing from behind the whole way.”
Sion Audrain led the way with an 8-under 64, posting a 29 on the back nine of the Willow Tree Golf Course, to win the individual title and be named the WAC Player of the Year.
In second place was Hays’ Tradgon McCrae with a 69, followed by Garden City’s Theo Juhl with a 35.
A pair of Hays’ golfers tied for fourth at 76, but Mason Shaddix was sixth with a 78 and Cayden Cundiff posted a 79 and took eighth.
Reid Richmeier posted a non-counting 83 and Noah Ortiz a non-counting 85.
Now, the Buffs prepare for the Class 6A regional tournament in Wichita on Monday morning.
“Hopefully, we can put it together and bring home a championship,” Specht said.
Tex Consolver Golf Course will host the regional, potentially a boon for the Buffs.
“I think overall it’s like the course we just played, maybe a touch longer,” Specht said. “So it should be a good fit for us, hopefully.”