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MHS golf finishes sixth in Lawrence

By Grant Guggisberg

Thursday’s golf meet at Alvamar Country Club in Lawrence represented a stark change in conditions for golfers from all across Kansas.

For Manhattan High, maintaining consistency despite the change in weather was a good sign for head coach Chris George.

“We have been playing and practicing in 90-degree heat up until today,” he said. “And then for the girls to all of a sudden still shoot their average with wet clothes, jackets and umbrellas was a nice surprise.”

The Indians finished in sixth place with a team score of 349. Blue Valley North won with a 331, followed by St. Thomas Aquinas with 333 and Washburn Rural with a 336.

Individually, Manhattan’s top finisher was Blake Fingalsen, carding an 81 and taking 10th place. Kylie McCarthy shot an 85 for 15th, while Kelsey McCarthy finished with an 89.

Not far behind were Hannah Devane (94) and Anna Jackson (109).

Making things worse for golfers Thursday was the change in weather throughout the day.

“It was chilly and very windy in Lawrence through noon but not a lot of rain,” George said. “Then for about the last five holes it really poured and the tournament ended in the rain. I was pleased with our performance because we didn’t shoot too much over our season average in miserable conditions.”

George said he was pleased with the short game of the Indians, but would have liked to see them adjust their club selection to the windy conditions.

“They putted really well for the conditions but we did not adjust our club selection to the wind as much as we could have,” he said. “We left some approach shots short of the green.”

With 25 teams participating and the weather wreaking havoc most of the day, George said things were moving slower than usual out on the course.

“The course was not long today, but with 25 teams there, the going was slow and I was glad our girls were able to keep their focus for the most part, especially in a cold downpour rain,” he said. “There are some little course management types of things we will work on to try to close the gap between us and the state’s top teams.”

Manhattan travels to the Salina South Invitational on Tuesday.









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