Winfield High School junior Elly Bertholf has been the leader of the girls golf team all season.
Bertholf has now led the Lady Vikings to the KSHSAA Class 4A State Tournament.
Bertholf fired a 90 to capture the individual title on a beautiful Monday afternoon at the Class 4A Regional at Quail Ridge Golf Club in Winfield.
The Lady Vikings earned four top-10 medals, and every member of the team finished in the top 20.
“The staff had Quail Ridge course in great shape,” WHS coach Dave Bertholf said. “The wind picked up and putting on the fast greens gave some girls problems.”
The Lady Vikings ran away with the team title, firing a 394 — 36 strokes better than runner-up Topeka-Hayden. Towanda-Circle shot a 439 to finish third.
The top three teams, along with the top five players from non-qualifying teams advanced to the State meet, set for Oct. 21-22 at Hesston Golf Course.
“I felt like our girls maintained good attitudes and did a good job of fighting through adversity,” Bertholf said. “We would like to thank all of our volunteers that helped with the tournament. Brad Sexson and Quail Ridge always run great tournaments. We are looking forward to State next week in Hesston.”
Bertholf hit par on No. 1, but found trouble with a double-bogey on No. 2. She earned par on Nos. 5 and 9, but a triple-bogey on No. 7 left her with a 46 at the turn.
She shaved two strokes off on the back nine with back-to-back par on Nos. 10 and 11. Although she stayed away from the triple-bogey on the backside, double-bogeys on Nos. 15 and 16 didn’t help. She earned par on No. 17 and won by three strokes ahead of Wellington’s Payton Ginter.
“I was happy for her,” said her coach and father. “(A Regional title) was one of her season goals. I was proud of how she played.”
Sophomore Chaney Littell finished fourth with an even 100.
Littell had par on Nos. 4, 7 and 9, but triple-bogeys on Nos. 2, 6 and 8 were costly, leaving her with a 51 at the turn. She shot par on No. 15 and avoided triple-bogeys on the back side, whisking off two strokes.
Sophomore Dalin Bartel was just one stroke off the pace, finishing sixth.
Bartel, who recorded a birdie on the par-3 No. 5, opened with a 48. However, even another birdie — this time on the par-3 No. 15, wasn’t enough to prevent a 53 on the back nine.
Senior Kenzie Graham will complete her high school career at the Big Show after near-even rounds of 51 and 52 put her ninth. Graham shot par on Nos. 7 and 17.
Sophomore Celine Mendoza shaved seven strokes off of a horrid 61 on the front side to finish 17th with a 115. Freshman Savanna Nickum also struggled on the front nine, but shaved 18 strokes off with a splendid second-round 50 to finish 19th. Nickum shot par on Nos. 7 and 16.
Bertholf is making her third trip to the State meet in three years of golf. She earned a State medal as a freshman, and missed the medal round by one place last season, finishing in a tie for 27th.
Led by four-time State qualifier Kenna Biddle, the Lady Vikings just missed a third-place finish last year at State. Bartel, Stanton and Mendoza return from that team. Graham, who moved to Winfield this year, joins Nickum in their first trip to the Big Show.
“They all went to summer golf camp and are all starting to work harder on their games,” Coach Bertholf said. “They are a good group of kids. They work hard.”
Class 4A Regional Championships
Monday at Winfield
Quail Ridge Golf Club
Yards: 4,809. Par: 72
(Top 3 teams qualify for State)
Team Scores — 1. Winfield 394; 2. Topeka-Hayden 430; 3. Towanda-Circle 439; 4. Augusta 440; 5. Wellington 484; 6. Mulvane 596; Wichita Trinity incomplete.
(# - qualify as a team)
($ - qualify as an individual)
1.Elly Bertholf, Win#46-4490
2.Payton Ginter, Wel$46-4793
3.Haley Karolevitz, TH#49-4796
4.Chaney Littell, Win#51-49100
5.Sarah Price, Aug$48-52100
6.Dalin Bartel, Win#48-53101
7.Ashtyn Phillips, TC#49-52101
8.Loralai Millspaugh, WT$49-53102
9.Kenzie Graham, Win#51-52103
10.Jensen Heideman, TH#48-55103
11.Reagan Strecker, TC#51-55106
12.Kate Roeder, TH#55-53108
13.Madilynn Ewing, Mul$55-54109
14.Alexa Zweifel, Aug$48-62110
15.Miranda Day-Jones, TC#52-59111
16.Kyra Carrell, Aug55-58113
17.Celine Mendoza, Win#61-54115
18.Hollee Slusser, Aug59-58117
19.Savanna Nickum, Win#68-50118
20.Mikayla Phillips, TC#66-55121
21.Maura McIlnerney, TH#65-58123
22.Emma Teply, TH#61-63124
23.Autum Hubbard, Aug64-62126
24.Emma Stover, Wel61-67128
25.Brinlee Ysidro, TC#66-62128
26.Cadi Stephens, TC#63-66129
27.Kasiah Richmond, Wel69-61130
28.Eliza DeJarnett, Wel67-66133
29.Leanna Herring, Wel70-64134
30.Ashtyn Sowersby, Wel66-71137
31.Ava Teply, TH#65-76141
32.Shyra Herrman, Mul76-67143
33.Katheryn Geier, Aug67-78145
34.Jorja Knodel, Mul73-76149
35.Maria Rodriguez, Mul87-108195
Brooklyn Loveless, MulWD