MHS golf takes eighth in Topeka

By Joel Jellison

The Manhattan High golf team got on the course in competition for the first time since April 12 on Monday, playing in the Topeka West Invitational at Topeka Country Club.

With what MHS coach Brad Ficke called a beautiful day on a tough course, with extra tough greens, the Indians took eighth out of 23 teams. The Indians finished ahead of all Centennial League schools in the meet except for Washburn Rural.

The Indians scored 341 as a team, far off from the meet-winning score of 303 from Blue Valley North.

Washburn Rural’s team score of 322 saw it take sixth place overall, and led to winning the Topeka city title, which was played alongside the tournament.

David Woods was the only individual medalist for the Indians, shooting 78 and finishing in 13th place.

Ficke said the other scores for MHS included an 86 for Joe Ballard, 88 from Cole Dillon, and Pierson McAtee shot 89.

The Indians will play at Hutchinson on Friday as a warmup for next Monday’s Centennial League meet, which will be hosted by Hayden in Topeka.

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