It was a rough final day at Buffalo Dunes.
It was a rough final day at the NJCAA Men’s Golf Championship at Buffalo Dunes Golf Course in Garden City for the Dodge City Community College men’s golf team as they put up a 320 as a team, dropping four spots from day one to end up finishing the season in eighth place.
“Just in this round alone we counted five or six doubles, a triple,” head coach Chris Robinson said. “It’s uncharacteristic of us. They were playing their hearts out and it just didn’t work out.”
The Conquistadors went into the final day in fourth place and down 17 strokes to first-place Indian Hills.
“Us being down 17 shots is not a lot in college golf,” Robinson said. “Anything can happen and our goal was to try to put something on that board at -3 or -5 and then we probably rushed some things and probably forced some things and we ended up in a hole.”
Dodge City's was led individually by sophomore Witchayapat Sinsrang who shot a final day six-over 78 to finish with a 72-hole total of 298 to finish in a tie for 15th.
Sophomore Thirawat Chantrakantanond finished in a tie for 18th with a 299 followed by freshman Nick Kagy who tied for 52nd with a 310, freshman Mason LaGrange who tied for 55th with a 311, and freshman Adam Berg-Capin who finished 67th with a 316.
The freshmen, in particular, struggled on that final day, falling double-digit places on day four.
“They had never been in that position before,” Robinson said. “They’ll get better from it. That’s the good part. They apologized afterward and they had nothing to apologize for. They gave their best effort.”
Even with the disappointing finish, the Conquistadors had a great season winning five tournaments and placing second in six tournaments while rising all the way to being ranked second in the country.
The national tournament marked the last time both Sinsrang and Chantrakantanond will play for Dodge City before graduating and moving on to four-year institutions.
“I wish we were a four-year institution,” Robinson said. “I don’t want to give those guys up and I think they don’t want to leave at times. They’re great kids who work hard.”