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Indians set to host MHS golf Invite

By Grant Guggisberg

After last week’s postponement due to cold temperatures and snow in the forecast, the Manhattan High boys’ golf team will once again attempt to host its Manhattan Invitational Monday afternoon.

The tournament is set to begin at 1 p.m. at the Manhattan Country Club.

While Manhattan is likely to be the team most familiar with the course, head coach Brad Ficke says being the home team doesn’t always equate to an advantage.

“I think it goes both ways, and anybody who plays golf knows it comes down to that day and how you’re hitting it,” he said. “I think it’s actually a little bit of a disadvantage for the home team sometimes, because you’re so familiar and it’s easy to go through the motions. All the shots kind of blend together.

“All of these guys have played that course, hundreds of times.”

Senior Scott Woods said preparing to play at home is more of a mental issue.

“You just have to get over the fact that it’s your home course,” he said. “You know your potential, but you have to play to it.”

His brother, fellow senior David Woods, said it’s important to stay out of the rough at MCC.

“You have to hit the fairway to hit the green if you’re going to play well at that course,” he said.

The meet was originally scheduled to include both Salina schools, Junction City, Topeka High, Emporia, Topeka West, Lawrence Free State, Shawnee Heights, Seaman, Washburn Rural and Dodge City.

Manhattan was scheduled to compete in Topeka Monday, but will send its JV instead because of the schedule change.

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