Playing relatively close to home at the Wamego Country Club, the Manhattan High boys’ golf team battled through tough conditions all day on Thursday.
The meet, hosted by Washburn Rural, was held in Wamego because the Junior Blues couldn’t find an open course in Topeka. That made for a short trip for the Indians, who finished in fourth place after tying with Shawnee Mission East and Shawnee Mission Northwest, all with team scores of 336. The Indians lost the initial tiebreakers with the other two schools to settle for fourth.
Rural won going away, finishing the cold and breezy day with a 320 to win by 16 strokes.
Individually, Cole Dillon was the top finisher for the Indians with an 80, winning a scorecard playoff against three others to take third. Rural’s Andrew Beckler finished with a 2-over-par 72 to take top honors by seven strokes.
David Woods was right behind Dillon with an 81, good for ninth place after losing a scorecard playoff. Drew Casper shot an 87, Scott Woods an 88 and Drew Kohlmeier rounded out the scoring with a 98.
Among the 13 teams competing, Rural’s No. 2 team finished fifth with a 337, while Mill Valley (344) finished sixth and Seaman (346) finished seventh.
The Indians take next week off before traveling to Topeka for a tournament on April 22.