Indians finish 7th at state golf

By Grant Guggisberg

A year ago, the Manhattan High golf team took a group of two sophomores and three freshmen to state.

With mostly the same group, subbing in Drew Kohlmeier for graduated senior Joe Ballard, the Indians returned to the Class 6A state tournament this year, shooting a 323 to take seventh place for the second year in a row.

Scott Woods was the low scorer for Manhattan, finishing the day in 18th place after tiebreakers, shooting a 7-over 78.

Other scores included Cole Dillon tied for 20th with a 79, David Woods tied for 31st with an 81, Drew Casper tied for 56th with an 85 and Pierson McAtee and Kohlmeier each shooting a 92 and tying for 69th.

The meet did have two lightning delays that kept athletes off the course for about an hour total, but otherwise, the weather cooperated after a season full of rescheduled meets and adverse playing conditions.

“While the day was long, it was nice weather for the most part,” Manhattan coach Brad Ficke said. “The course was challenging, but the pressure of performing at state is what we have to work on most.”

Playing at Meadowbrook Country Club in Prairie Village, Blue Valley West took the team title with an even 300. Host school Shawnee Mission East took second with a 306, and Centennial League champion Washburn Rural finished in third with a 307.

Rural’s Andrew Beckler, who won individual titles at the Centennial League meet and regionals, won a playoff over teammate John Wright to earn state medalist honors and cap a dominant sophomore campaign.

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