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MHS golf takes 2nd in opener

By Grant Guggisberg

The Manhattan High girls’ golf team took second place in its season-opening tournament Thursday afternoon at Lake Shawnee, finishing 17 strokes behind Washburn Rural in the six-team event hosted by Shawnee Heights.

The Indians shot a 362 to as a team to take second place, getting a third-place finish from Kylie McCarthy, who shot an 82 and lost a scorecard playoff to Rural’s Haley Flory. Manhattan got a fourth-place finish from freshman Macie Myers, who shot an 83 in her varsity debut, while Kelsey McCarthy shot an 87 to take seventh place.

“I was happy with the way the day turned out and was really surprised with our team score,” Manhattan coach Chris George said. “I was confident that Kylie and Kelsey would hold their own because of the way they have practiced and put time into their game over the summer. They hit the ball pretty well today and made good decisions.”

George said he was pleased with how well Myers played in her first high school tournament.

“I was really surprised at how well Macie began her high school career,” he said. “She was able to stay focused, hit the ball straight, and play to the strengths of her game. She has a very calm demeanor and never got flustered today which is outstanding for her age and level of experience. She is going to be a good one.”

With only two members of the team starting the day with varsity experience, George was pleased with the team’s other scores as well.

“Katie did a good job for her first time as well and just needs more experience, as do Taylor and Delaney.”

Washburn Rural won the tournament with a 345, with Hayden taking third place three strokes behind the Indians with a 365. Topeka High’s Rachel Stous took medalist honors with a 78.

Manhattan takes next week off before competing at the Salina Central Invitational on Sept. 9.

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