Despite an up-and-down season that rarely saw Mother Nature cooperate, the Manhattan High boys’ golf team is returning to state.
Finishing in second place behind Washburn Rural at the Junction City regional, the Indians will take their entire squad to the Class 6A state golf tournament next Monday at the Meadowbrook Country Club in Prairie Village.
Manhattan finished with a score of 325 — 24 strokes behind the Junior Blues. Wichita Heights was the other team to qualify, with a score of 327.
Manhattan head coach Brad Ficke said the Rolling Meadows course, which is familiar to the Indians, was tough on Monday.
“The greens were slick and pin placements challenging,” Ficke said.
Manhattan’s top scorer was Cole Dillon, who shot a 4-over-par 76, good for fourth place after winning a three-way playoff. Drew Casper shot an 82, Scott Woods an 83, David Woods an 84, Pierson McAtee an 86 and Drew Kohlmeier an 86.
Rural was able to run away with the team score after getting another solid performance from Andrew Beckler, who shot a 2-under-par 70 to take medalist honors. Four of Rural’s golfers finished in the top 10.
With state just a week away, the Indians will begin preparing immediately. Ficke said he is planning to get familiarize his team with Meadowbrook before Monday’s meet.
“We’ll be headed to Prairie Village in KC this weekend for a practice round with state on Monday,” Ficke said.
The state meet is scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m. on Monday.