Jordan Rehkow has experienced the anxiety of awaiting golf results the past four years.
But the Blue Springs South senior had never experienced this kind of wait.
“When I was a freshman and sophomore, I'd wait to see if I medaled or made the cut,” said Rehkow, who fired a 1-under par 71 Monday at Drumm Farm Golf Club to claim medalist honors at the Bill Jonas Truman-Chrisman Invitational. “Today, I was waiting to see if I'd won the tournament. That had never happened before. And it felt pretty good when they announced my name.”
The announcement was a bit anticlimactic as teammate Maddie Frerking and Kearney's Chandler Gallagher were announced as second-place winners, both shooting a 74. That left Rehkow alone at the top of the leaderboard.
“It feels great to win the tournament and to have our girls win, too,” Rehkow said. “It's just a great day. It was hot out there, but it was worth it.”
The Jaguars shot a team score of 337 to edge Notre Dame de Sion, who fired a 341. South won its own Lady Jaguar Invitational last week and finished second to Sion in the Helias Invitational.
It's a bit ironic that Rehkow won at Drumm Farm, because it is not one of her favorite courses.
“When I was a freshman and sophomore and Coach (Mike) McGown and Coach (Ted) Linke (who replaced McGown, who retired following last season) would take teams to Drumm Farm, I'd never go,” she explained.
“I'd had some bad rounds there and didn't like the course, and today, I win my first high school tournament here. I guess you can call that payback – and it feels pretty good.”
Frerking wasn't feeling very good about her 2-over 74, but she was loving the fact South had captured its second tournament championship in the past two weeks.
“My putting was bad today, really bad,” said Frerking, who won the Jaguar Invitational at Lakewood Oaks and took second in the Helias Invitational last week. “I was 2-under after four holes and I thought it was going to be my day. But I couldn't make a putt.
“At least Jordan was medalist and the team won. I'm really happy our team won; I just wish I would have played better.”
Linke was thrilled with his team's performance, as Tara Thorpe shot an 87 to finish in a tie for 11th, Brooke Howe shot 105 and Alex Eblen shot a 109.
“Jordan finally broke through the glass ceiling she had established for herself,” Linke said. “She's capable of winning, and now that she has won a tournament, I think she could do it again.
“Tara and Maddie were not happy with their individual performances – I know Maddie was disappointed with her putting, so she's out practicing right now – and Tara was pressing a little bit. But they each medaled and we won the team trophy, which should make everyone happy.”
The South trio of golfers were the lone area medal winners. Betsy Bartle was the top golfer for Lee's Summit North with a 98. William Chrisman's Amanda Olsen shot a 100, Fort Osage's Kaylah Iloilo shot a 104 and Truman's Emma McClellan a 105 to lead their respective teams. Lee's Summit North finished 10th with 407, Fort Osage 13th with 447, Truman 14th with 470 and Chrisman 16th with 489.
“We are working on our course management along with fundamentals,” Truman coach Becky Costello said. “The girls are starting to get the feel of that, and I definitely saw some good things out there today.
“We saw some excellent golf out there today. When you have a girl shoot under par, and a few others close to par, especially on a day as hot as this one, you know there is some outstanding competition in the area.”