WICHITA — Garden City High School’s golf team placed all six of its golfer in the top 10 of Monday’s Class 6A regional, running away with the team title and easily qualifying for state.
The Buffaloes finished with a 319 team score, well ahead of second-place Dodge City’s 350, on the Tex Consolver Municipal Golf Course in Wichita.
“This was probably the toughest course we’ve played all year,” GCHS head coach Trent Specht said. “It was a good test for us, and I’m happy they played well.”
Sion Audrain led the way, winning the individual title by 10 strokes, carding a 2-under 70.
“Sion played really well,” Specht said of his senior, who has been carding below par rounds all season.
The rest of the field struggled on the lengthy, 7,361-yard course.
The Buffs’ Theo Juhl took second with an 80, beating Dodge City’s Davan Smith in a playoff. Mason Shaddix took fifth with an 84, and Noah Ortiz and Reid Richmeier tied for sixth with 85s. Cayden Cundiff tied for ninth with a noncounting score of 87.
“The greens were undulated, making them hard to read,” Specht said. “It’s a pretty tough course, so it was fun to give us a challenge. I still think we left some (shots) out there, and took some big numbers in some spots, but I’m proud of them.”
Dodge City also qualified for state as the second-place team, as well as third-place Derby (372).
All three teams will head to Newton for the state championship at Sand Creek State Golf Course on May 20.