MHS golf gets first win at Salina

By Grant Guggisberg

The Manhattan High girls’ golf team picked up its first win of the season Tuesday, taking first-place medals at the 13-team Salina Central Invitational at Salina Municipal Golf Course.

The Indians finished with a nine-hole score of 178 to win ahead of second-place Hays (185). Salina Central was third with a 196.

MHS also earned medalist honors at the tournament, with Kylie McCarthy defeating teammate Hannah Devane and Salina Central’s Alyssa Kim to take first overall. All three girls finished with nine-hole scores of 40, a career-best score for Devane.

McCarthy nearly chipped in on the playoff hole, coming within 6 inches of the cup before tapping in for par. Devane and Kim each shot bogeys.

Kelsey McCarthy shot a 46 to take eighth place overall, with Cassidy Harper contributing the team’s fourth score with a 52. Anna Jackson’s 53 and Amy Levin’s 60 rounded out the Indians’ scores.

“It was hot and windy and the greens played much faster than usual,” MHS coach Chris George said. “I saw quite a few putts that ran past the hole much farther than we would like. Given the wind conditions, I thought that most of the girls made good decisions during their round, but as a team we need to be much more consistent off the tee.”

George said the team still has plenty to accomplish in practice as it gears up for its next tournament in Lawrence on Tuesday.

“We have a long ways to go and have lots of room for improvement,” George said. “But it was still fun to get the first-place medals.”

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