Throughout most of the season, the Manhattan High girls’ golf team has relied on its top three golfers to earn medals at tournaments.
On Thursday at Hutchinson’s Carey Park, senior Anna Jackson got into the mix in a big way.
Jackson shot a career-best 80 to earn the sixth-place medal and help bolster the Indians to a tournament win over Maize, who finished three shots back.
“By far, the bright spot of the day was Anna,” Manhattan coach Chris George said. “The whole team, myself, and all of our parents were proud and happy for her when she stepped up to receive that medal.”
George said the senior’s breakthrough day came because of her short game.
“She finally put together a round that she is capable of shooting and it had a lot to do with her lag putts getting close to the hole,” George said. “She has been an inconsistent putter throughout the year and has been scoring higher than she should because she can hit the ball a mile off the tee. Today though she only had one three-putt and that was a tap-in par.”
Manhattan won the 14-team Hutchinson Invitational by shooting a 335 to edge out Maize, which got second with a 338. Garden City finished third with a 347.
Kylie McCarthy shot an 80 to get the fifth-place medal. Kelsey McCarthy got 10th with an 84 and Hannah Devane shot a 90 to get 18th place. Cassidy Harper and Amy Levin each shot a 105 to round out the scoring.
Thursday’s win in Hutchinson was the second tournament win of the season for Manhattan. George said the gusty winds in Hutchinson Thursday will make for a good preview of what the state meet in Garden City would be like, should the team advance.
“It was really windy today and we definitely need to learn how to modify our course management should we make it to the state tournament in Garden City,” he said. “I’ve heard it can be really windy out there.”
Manhattan hosts its only home tournament on Monday at 1 p.m. at the Manhattan Country Club.