MHS golf wins season’s first tournament

By Joel Jellison

The Manhattan High boys’ golf team showed the experience that coach Brad Ficke talked about on Monday, taking first in a tournament at Salina Municipal Golf Course.

The Indians finished with a team score of 303, led by a first-place performance from David Woods, who won the tournament with a 3-under par 67. Scott Woods took third with a 73.

Ficke said both of the brothers had a nice day.

“David didn’t have a bogey so it was an out of the ordinary day — it just doesn’t happen to not have a bogey,” he said. “He had a chip-in on 17 and just missed a birdie putt on 18, and Scott was pretty good too, so both those guys were really happy.”

Freshman Cole Dillon took seventh in his varsity debut, finishing with a score of 80.

Ficke said it was a nice debut for the freshman, while fellow freshman Pierson McAtee had 86.

“I thought (Cole) was solid,” he said. “He probably played better than an 80, but for his first 6A meet to stay under 80 was pretty good. He really kept it together and stayed composed.”

Senior Joe Ballard finished the day at 83, while Graham Grable rounded off the scoring at 89.

Ficke said while the team was happy to win the tournament, they weren’t settling for the way they played.

“I think everybody kind of knows what they are capable of and where they are,” he said. “Joe knows he can play better, and I think we all felt like we could be 10 strokes better, but you always feel like that.”

Ficke did point out that the Indians were one of just four varsity teams in the tournament, and they didn’t see much as far as 6A talent.

The Indians will make their home debut next week with the Manhattan Invitational on Monday at the Manhattan Country Club.

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