Dillon’s 75 leads MHS at Topeka

By Grant Guggisberg

Despite a soggy day for golf that included sporadic rain showers and a 30-minute lightning delay, Cole Dillon was on his game.

Dillon shot a 75 to tie for seventh place and lead the Manhattan High boys’ golf team in Topeka on Monday, competing alongside some of the top golfers in the state.

“He was in a field that contained the best golfers in the state,” Manhattan coach Brad Ficke said, “and hung right with them.”

The rest of the Indian squad succumbed to the conditions at the Topeka West Invitational, which was played in conjunction with the annual city tournament for Topeka schools. Among the 21 teams for the invitational, Manhattan finished in ninth place with a team score of 330.

David Woods had the next-best score behind Dillon with an 83, while Drew Kohlmeier shot 85, Pierson McAtee shot an 87 and Scott Woods rounded out the scoring with a 93.

Shawnee Mission East won going away, getting the top two individual performances of the day from Andy Spencer and Chase Hanna, each finishing with a 1-over-par 72. As a team, Shawnee Mission East finished with a 294, 13 strokes better than second-place Washburn Rural (307). Blue Valley North took third with a 313.

Among Centennial League schools at the invite, only Rural and Seaman (8th, 328) finished ahead of the Indians.

Manhattan is scheduled to travel to Hutchinson for a tournament on Friday, starting at 8 a.m., weather permitting.

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