MHS golf takes first at Salina invite

By Grant Guggisberg

The Manhattan High girl’s golf team got its first team victory Tuesday, winning the Salina Central Invitational at the Salina Municipal golf course in a nine-hole event.

The Indians won the meet with a team score of 159, 24 strokes better than second-place Salina Central.

Senior captain Blake Fingalsen took top honors as an individual, carding a 1-over-par 36.

Kylie McCarthy followed with a 38 for third while Kelsey McCarthy finished fourth with a 41 as the Indians put their stamp on the top five.

“Blake had a very solid performance and shot her best nine-hole round there,” MHS head coach Chris George said. “I would guess that as a team we averaged about two putts per hole which is better than what we’ve seen the last two tournaments.”

Rounding out the varsity scores were Hannah Devane with a 44, Anna Jackson with a 54 and Amy Levin with a 56.

“The girls shot their tee ball really well today,” George said. “That, combined with a fairly short, open course led to lots of times when they were hitting short irons into the green, which led to many birdie opportunities.

“In fact Kylie had two birdies in her first three holes.”

After taking second place behind Washburn Rural in its first two meets of the year, the Indians dominated while earning their first team win.

They’ll get another shot at Rural in their next meet, the Lawrence Invitational on Sept. 13 at the Alvamar Golf Club.

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