By CONOR NICHOLL
The Dodge City girls’ golf team captured the Class 6A regional with 373 strokes, 14 ahead of Garden City. The competition occurred at Carey Park Golf Course in Hutchinson.
Junior Ashlyn Armstrong earned medalist honors with a 79. She and Garden City junior Ryann Warren tied with 79s, seven shots ahead of the field. Armstrong won the regional in a playoff.
Warren is a returning state medalist who tied for 20th at state golf last year. In 2020, Dodge City was eighth and Garden City ninth as a team at 6A state. At state, Fry finished in 38th, Armstrong in 41st and Konrade in 54th. Armstrong had to play her sophomore year in a walking boot.
Dodge City senior Tiley Fry was fourth with an 89. Senior Reanna Bartlett Konrade tied for eighth at 98. Senior Cassidy Bockelman and sophomore Riley Kippes finished in tie for 20th at 107. Junior Charlee Bitler shot a 118 to round out the scoring.
Girls’ state golf is at the Emporia Municipal Golf Course next Monday and Tuesday.
The 79 easily marked Armstrong’s lowest round of the year, per the Kansas Golf Scores. In 18-hole tournaments, Armstrong had routinely shot between 87 and 93. That included a fifth-place team showing in the nine-team tournament at Wichita North on Sept. 29. Dodge City finished behind established powers Kapaun Mt. Carmel, St. Mary’s Colgan and Bishop Carroll. Garden City finished six shots ahead of DC. Fry was at 92 and Armstrong went 93 to finish 16th and tie 17th, respectively.
Armstrong, who would like to play collegiate golf, and has played on varsity since her freshman year. Two seasons ago, she had four top-10 finishes and reached state. Last year, Armstrong required the walking boot, though still was eighth at regional.