MHS girls golf takes 3rd at Hutch Invitational

By Grant Guggisberg

The Manhattan High girls’ golf team traveled to Hutchinson on Thursday, taking third in the 15-team Hutchinson Invitational at Carey Park.

Manhattan shot a 352 to take third place, nine strokes behind Garden City’s first-place score of 343 and six strokes behind second-place Maize.

Individually, Blake Fingalsen led the Indians with a 78 on the day, which was good enough for third place. Kylie McCarthy was right behind with an 86 in 10th place.

Rounding out the scores for Manhattan was Hannah Devane (93), Anna Jackson (95), Kelsey McCarthy (97) and Cassidy Harper (109).

Garden City’s Abbi Shaddix won the tournament with a 2-under 69.

Manhattan coach Chris George was pleased with his team’s short game.

“Once again our short game was pretty good if you look at the number of putts or up and downs,” he said. “But as a team, our tee shots need to be more consistent for us to compete with the top teams in the state.”

The tournament featured good weather most of the day, though the Hutchinson area did get some rain during the day.

“It was nice weather for most of the tournament,” George said. “But a hard downpour rain fell for about 20 minutes during the middle, and then it cleared off at the end.”

The Indians finally get the chance to host a tournament on Monday at the Manhattan Country Club. The 10-team field, which includes both Salina schools, and several from the Topeka area, is scheduled to tee off at 1 p.m.

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