By Bill Althaus
SMITHVILLE, Mo. – Madison Frerking was on the Suburban Big Six Conference champion Blue Springs South Jaguars as a freshman and sophomore.
“Then, last year, Blue Springs beat us,” Frerking said, “which wasn’t too much fun. So, since that loss, all I’ve been thinking about is winning conference my senior year.”
Frerking fired a 79 to claim medalist honors and lead South to a 341-358 victory over the defending champion Wildcats in the Big Six Championships Monday afternoon at the Paradise Pointe Golf Complex’s Outlaw course.
“This is the first time I’ve won conference, and to do it as a senior is extra special,” Frerking said. “I got off to a rough start, but I settled down and played pretty well on the back nine.”
Frerking shanked her second shot and later hit the ball just 20 yards off the tee on No. 5. When the smoke had cleared, she had shot an uncharacteristic 42 on the front nine. She rebounded with a 37 on the back nine to help coach Ted Linke bring home a new addition to the South trophy case.
“After I hit that shot about 20 yards, I had my moment of epiphany,” Frerking said. “I’ve been working hard on my game, and I just said to myself, ‘Go out and play.’ And I did – and I had some success. It was a lot of fun rebounding like that and winning conference.”
Two of Frerking’s teammates earned all-conference honors as Tara Thorp and Jordan Rehkow both shot 83 to tie for third. Brooke Howe fired a 96 to finish in 13th place and claim all-conference honorable mention. Hadley Wells rounded out the Jags with a 111.
Blue Springs’ Mariah Peters was second with an 81, but she was not the least bit pleased with her performance.
“I’m not very happy,” Peters said. “I know I can shoot a lot better, and I hope to play better next week at district (Monday at Drumm Farm).”
Blue Springs’ Mady Acers (87) finished in fifth place and Jailyn Marshall (88) was seventh.
“The reason Mariah is so upset is that she played a practice round here this weekend and was 1-over,” Wildcats coach Jill Courter said. “She’s such a competitor. Even though she finished second, she knows she can do better.
“I know all the girls hope to do better next week at district.”
Drumm Farm is the site of Rehkow’s first prep championship as she won the Truman Invitational earlier this season.
“I’m excited about going back to Drumm Farm,” Rehkow said. “I’m not excited about what I shot today. I’ve been third the last three years and I was hoping for a better performance. Maybe I’ll get it next week.”
Thorp was pleased with her 83.
“I feel pretty good about the way I played,” Thorp said. “There’s always room for improvement, but I’ll take it and hope that I play better next week.”
MIDDLE SIX: Truman’s Emily Yates shot a 98 to earn honorable mention all-conference as the Patriots finished fourth in the Suburban Middle Six tournament on the Outlaw course.
“Emily and the team keep improving,” Truman coach Becky Costello said. “Today, I saw some good things and some things we need to improve on as we head into district.”
Truman’s Emma McClellan shot 107, and Rykelle Seger (122), Megan White (132) and Francesca Ferrara (135) completed the scoring for the Patriots, who totaled 459 as a team.
MIDDLE SEVEN: Fort Osage earned a pair of all-conference honors as it finished third in the Suburban Middle Seven Championships at Paradise Pointe’s Posse course.
Kaylah Iloilo shot 105 for sixth place and Marina Rios shot 108 for eighth as both earned second-team all-conference honors. Samantha Swoffer (121) and Alexis Erickson (123) completed the scoring for Fort Osage, which totaled 457. Belton won the title with a 395 total. William Chrisman finished sixth at 480.
“I am very pleased with the girls' performances today. All played well and did their best,” Fort Osage coach Joy Kotzbacher said. “I'm especially proud of Kaylah and Marina for medaling. … They should be proud of themselves. I'm looking forward to districts next Monday at Drumm Farm, where we will hope to have qualifiers for sectionals. This week we will work hard on putting.”
Amanda Olsen shot 106 to finish seventh and earn second-team all-conference honors. Brigit Leutzinger (121), Jenna Gruner (124) and Kailee Manley (129) completed Chrisman’s scoring.
“This is our best team score of the two years I've been head coach,” Chrisman coach Jacob Basnight said. “Two of the girls, Brigit and Jenna, shot their personal best on 18 and Amanda moved up nine spots from last year's top 15 finish. It was a good day.”