The Manhattan High boys’ golf team got a look at some of the best competition in the state on Friday, competing in the Hutchinson Invitational at Carey Park Golf Course.
Battling through conditions of 35 mph winds, cool temperatures and, at times, heavy rain, the Indians shot a team score of 319.
MHS coach Brad Ficke said he had not received total meet results as of Saturday night, but indicated the tournament was dominated by schools out of Johnson County, which finished with six of the top eight team scores.
“One of the Olathe schools won and there were lot of better scores than us,” he said. But we probably finished at the bottom of the top third.”
The winning team was Blue Valley west, which shot a score of 291. Host school Hutchinson was ninth out of 34 teams at 318.
Ficke said they did fare well against teams in both the Centennial League and their region.
“Our score was the best in our league and only Wichita Heights was a stroke better - Derby was there as well,” he said. “As far as our league and our region goes, we were pretty solid.”
Senior Joe Ballard led the way with a 77, while David Woods was at 79 and Scott Woods had 81. Cole Dillon finished at 82 and Pierson McAtee had 85.
Ficke said he was impressed by the performances of his two freshmen, Dillon and McAtee, in a field that had just four freshman competitors.
“There weren’t many freshman there and two were on our team, so if we can play that well with freshman, that’s pretty unheard of,” he said. “We are definitely sitting where we want.”
The Indians will play in the Centennial League meet on Monday in Topeka. The tournament will be hosted by Hayden.