EMPORIA — It’s only the first girls golf meet of the season, but Winfield High School coach David Bertholf may have something here.
The Lady Vikings ran away with the title Tuesday at the nine-hole Emporia Invitational at Emporia Municipal Golf Course.
That’s not all.
Elly Bertholf ran away with the individual title, firing a 41.
Winfield scored 190 team points, 26 better than the runner-up Lady Spartans. Topeka-Seaman (222) was third.
“We had a really good start to the season,” Coach Bertholf said. “We won the meet and Elly won the tournament. All six of our girls medaled.”
Bertholf cruised to the title, four strokes ahead of runner-up Zoey Lee of Wichita Southeast.
The Lady Vikings placed six golfers in the top 10.
Dalin Bartel fired a 48 to finish fourth, losing a scorecard playoff to Avary Eckert of Emporia. Kenzie Graham was one stroke off in fifth. Chaney Littell and Savanna Nickum were eighth and ninth with 52s, one stroke ahead of teammate Celine Mendoza, who placed 10th.
“The girls played a lot of golf this summer and it paid off in our first meet,” Bertholf said.
The Lady Vikings are slated to compete today at the Hesston Invitational at Hesston Golf Park.
Wood eighth at Derby
DERBY — Arkansas City High School junior Bella Wood opened the season with a top-10 finish at the Derby Invitational at Derby Golf & Country Club.
Wood finished eighth with a 44 in the nine-hole meet.
The Lady Bulldogs placed seventh as a team.
Senior Camri Gage fired a 53 to crack the top 20 in 19th. Breanna Ruyle carded a 61 in her first foray into varsity golf. Sophomore Josie Munson shot 65 and Kamryn Mendoza finished with a 67. Tayeah Rich shot a 75 and Aidyn Holman carded an 80.
The Lady Bulldogs are set to compete at 1 p.m. Sept. 12 at the Winfield Invitational. Bishop Carroll, Derby, El Dorado, Maize South, Mulvane, Newton, Towanda-Circle and Wellington also are expected at Winfield Country Club.
Tuesday at Emporia Municipal Golf Course
Yards: 6,607. Par: 71.
Team Scores — 1. Winfield 190; 2. Emporia 216; 3. Topeka-Seaman 222; 4. Wichita Southeast 225; 5. Council Grove 243; 6. Shawnee Heights 250; Centre incomplete.
Individual Medalist — Elly Bertholf (Win), 41.
Winfield — 1. Elly Bertholf 41; 4. Dalin Bartel 48; 5. Kenzie Graham 49; 8. Chaney Littell 52; 9. Savanna Nickum 52; 10. Celine Mendoza 53.
Tuesday at Derby Golf & Country Club
Yards: 5,377. Par: 71
Team Scores — 1. Andover 167; 2. Maize 202; 3. Andover Central 207; 4. Derby 213; 5. Hutchinson 217; 6. Goddard-Eisenhower 223; 7. Arkansas City 223; 8. Newton 229; Haysville-Campus, Mulvane, Wellington incomplete.
Individual Medalist — Shauna Lee (ACtl), 36.
Arkansas City — 8. Bella Wood 44; 19. Camri Gage 53; 37. Breanna Ruyle 61; 43. Josie Munson 65; 46. Kamryn Mendoza 67; 55. Tayeah Rich 75; 56. Aidyn Holman 80.