Indians win 6A golf regional

By Joel Jellison

The Manhattan High boys’ golf team played as well as it had all season on Monday, with all six golfers going under 80 for the first time this season.

It came at the perfect time too, as the Indians finished with a team score of 297 at the regional tournament at Sim Park in Wichita, qualifying for the Class 6A state tournament next Monday at Buffalo Dunes in Garden City.

Washburn Rural took second and Wichita Heights was third. The tournament winer was Heights’ Hunter Leichner, who shot a 4-under par 67.

Cole Dillon led the Indians with a fourth-place score of 74, winning a playoff for 4-5-6-7. David Woods was fifth and Scott Woods was sixth, both with 74s, while Drew Casper shot 75 in eighth place. Joe Ballard shot 78 and Pierson McAtee shot 79.

MHS coach Brad Ficke said his freshmen handled their own.

“I think Drew Casper had nine pars in a row on the back nine, he just destroyed it,” he said. “And Cole Dillon went out in that playoff with four guys competing for fourth and he went out and birdied it just like that.”

Ficke said it was fun to watch all the guys shoot as well as they have this season.

“It was an amazing day, first time I had these guys all shoot under 80 and it was great,” he said. “They were ecstatic.”

The Indians will practice at Manhattan Country Club until Friday, when Ficke said they will head to Wamego for a change of scenery and a final practice together for the season. The team will head to Garden City this weekend and get in a practice round before competing for the title on Monday.

Ficke said he had yet to talk to the team about replicating Monday’s performance next week, as everyone was excited after the meet.

“We haven’t even talked about it yet, I just told them I was proud of them,” he said. “We had two guys that had season bests and they were just on seventh heaven. What I will tell them is this is what you can do and they showed it to themselves.”

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