The No. 11 ranked Barton Community College women's golf team rallied from a five stroke deficit Friday to capture the conference season opener held at Emporia's Municipal Golf Course. The Lady Cougars carded a 341 during Thursday's opening round to trail No. 9 ranked Dodge City Community College headed into Friday morning's final round before firing a 318 to win the KJCCC Meet No. 1 by one stroke at 659. Host and No. 22 ranked Coffeyville Community College finished third with a team 750 score.
The Lady Cougars placed four in the top ten including taking the top two spots led by a pair of freshman. Vilma Efraimsson, ranked No. 46 in the latest national player rankings, jumped out to a six stroke lead with an opening 4-over 75 in holding off teammate Mutita Booranakunamanee in the final round in carding a 76 for a 9-over 155. Tied with Dodge City's No. 22 ranked Napaknaree Sirithorn with a first round 82, Booranakunamanee fired a tournament low 2-over 73 final round as the No. 43 ranked golfer separated from the pack with a combined 13-over 155.
Sophomore Kendra Jellison made the largest improvement of the twenty-one golf field in following an opening 95 to shave thirteen strokes off the final round for an 82 to finish at 177. The improvement jumped the No. 88 ranked Topeka native into the top ten ahead of No. 68 ranked Lucia Rodriguez Zapico for eighth place. With the exception of Efraimsson sliding one stroke on Friday, Zapico joined her other teammates with the second round improvement to card a five stroke better 87 in placing tied for ninth place at 179.
No. 88 ranked Miranda Kern was tied with Zapico at 92 following Thursday's afternoon round, but despite improving two strokes for a 90, Jellison and the some others in the field had more of an improvement in sliding Kern's 182 out of the top ten.
Team Standings (Final - 36 Holes):
Barton CC – 659
Dodge City CC – 660
Coffeyville CC – 750
Individual Standings (Final – 36 Holes):
1. Vilma Efraimsson (Barton) – 151
2. Mutita Booranakunamanee (Barton) – 155
3. Suthasinee Sridet (Dodge City) – 163
4. Napaknaree Sirithorn (Dodge City) – 164
5. Odette Booysen (Dodge City) – 165
6. Kanyakorn Chothirunpanit (Dodge City) - 169
7. Tanyaporn Chothirunpanit (Dodge City) – 170
8. Kendra Jellison (Barton) - 177
9. Lucia Rodriguez Zapico (Barton) and Jaycie Mills (Coffeyville) - 179
Complete KJCCC Meet 1 Results