Williston’s Kayla Barke closed out her high school golf career in style Tuesday at the Class A state meet at Prairie West Golf Course in Mandan.
Barke shot a 79 Tuesday to finish the two-day meet with a 160 to finish in a tie for fourth. Barke tied with Jamestown’s Sierra Bennion.
“On the front nine, she was barely missing putts that would have helped her score,” said Williston golf coach Mark Hannig. “But on the back nine, she was playing lights out.”
Barke finished Tuesday’s round with birdies on four of her final six holes.
“She ended her high school career perfectly,” Hannig said.
Hannig says had there been a third round, Barke may have chased down Annie Twells, of Fargo North, who won the state championship with a 155.
Twells needed a three-hole playoff to defeat Dickinson’s Rachel Jahner for the title.
However, Barke still comes away with some impressive accomplishments.
She was named North Dakota Senior Athlete of the Year.
She was named to the All-State team, the All-West and All-West Region teams.
“She had quite the year,” Hannig said.
Fargo Davies won the team title with a 650, while Bismarck Century was second with a 674. Fargo North finished third with a 700.
1. Fargo Davies 650. 2. Century 674. 3. Fargo North 700. 4. Dickinson 7143. 5. Grand Forks Red River 756. 6. West Fargo 760. 7. Minot 764. 8. Wahpeton 774. 9. Jamestown 782. 10. Mandan 801. 11. Fargo Shanley 804. 12. Grand Forks Central 854.
1. Annie Twells, FN, 77-78 — 155. 2.Rachel Jahner, D, 83-72 — 155. 3. Kathleen Marsh, FD, 79-77 — 156. 4. (tie) Kayla Barke, Williston, 81-79 — 160, and Sierra Bennion, J, 79-81 — 160.
n NOTE: Twells defeated Jahner in three-hole playoff.
Senior athlete: Kayla Barke, Williston.
Coach of the year: Heather Yarber, FD.
All-state team: Kathleen Marsh, FD; Rachel Jahner, D; Kayla Barke, Williston; Sierra Bennion, J; Allyson Meyer, FD; Jennifer Marsh, FD; Ashley Bixby, WF; Riana Cooper, D; Addie Long, FN; Annie Nelson, C.
All-tournament team: Annie Twells, FN; Rachel Jahner, D; Kathleen Marsh, FD; Kayla Barke, Williston; Sierra Bennion, J; Jennifer Marsh, FD; Ashley Bixby, WF; Alex Leidholm, C; Annie Nelson, C; Allyson Meyer, FD.