MHS golf second at Topeka West

By Grant Guggisberg

If nothing else, the Manhattan High girls’ golf team is consistent.

For the second time in as many tournaments, the Indians took second place behind Washburn Rural, this time at the Topeka West Invitational at Cypress Ridge.

Manhattan carded a 341, 11 strokes behind Rural. Blue Valley took third well behind the top two schools with a 389.

While the improvement was modest, it was still improvement, which pleased head coach Chris George.

“We could have putted better today,” he said. “Our 341 is still two strokes better than last week’s team score, so we’re headed in the right direction.”

Individually, Blake Fingalsen finished in fourth place after losing a scorecard playoff with Rural’s Kaci Dillingham with an 83. Kelsey McCarthy and Kylie McCarthy took sixth and seventh, respectively, with an identical score of 84. Tuesday’s 84 was Kelsey McCarthy’s career-best finish.

Rounding out the varsity scores were Hannah Devane’s 90, Anna Jackson’s 115 and newcomer Cassidy Harper’s 131.

Washburn Rural finished the meet with the top three individual scores, with Sam Mitchell winning with an 80 ahead of teammate Haley Flory who finished a stroke behind at 81.

Rounding out the team scores were Blue Valley Southwest with a 392, Shawnee Heights with a 397, Topeka Hayden with a 403, Salina South with a 453, Topeka High with a 468 and Topeka West with a 470.

George said his team will be working hard to prepare for next week’s trip to Salina on Tuesday.

“We still have a long ways to go and we’ll be working hard on our short game in preparation for next week,” he said. “We go to Salina Central at Salina Municipal on Tuesday.”

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