MHS golf takes first place at Salina South

By Grant Guggisberg

With a season-low 319, the Manhattan girls’ golf team won the Salina South Invitational Tuesday, 10 strokes ahead of second-place Maize.

Blake Fingalsen and Kylie McCarthy each carded a 75 to tie for first place, along with Maize’s Taelyn Entriken. Fingalsen parred the first sudden-death playoff hole to claim the gold medal.

McCarthy’s 75 was her career-best score. Her sister Kelsey McCarthy took fifth place with a personal-best 79.

“It was great to see Blake win this tournament with it being her last trip there,” MHS head coach Chris George said. “And it was very exciting to watch the McCarthy twins break 80 for the first time in their careers. They have been capable of it for a long time, and now that monkey is off their backs. I hope that gives them confidence to know they have the potential to do it on any given day.”

The rest of the team all had personal bests as well, with Hannah Devane (90), Anna Jackson (96) and Cassidy Harper (106) all competing hard throughout the day.

George said the weather was perfect Tuesday, though the greens proved to be a bit tricky because of some course maintenance.

“One slight challenge for the girls was that the front nine greens were just aerated and still covered with sand while the back nine greens were in normal condition,” he said. “The girls responded well and adjusted the speed of their putting and chips. I was a bit concerned about that going in but I don’t think any of the top four had more than a couple three putts each.”

The coach said he was pleased with the short game of his team playing through those conditions.

“Given the fact that the greens were a night and day difference in speed,” he said, “I thought they putted really well.”

Next up for the Indians is the Centennial League tournament on Tuesday at Lake Shawnee hosted by Shawnee Heights.

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