MHS golfers take 3rd at Rural Invite

By Grant Guggisberg

Competing in the 10-team Washburn Rural Invitational on Thursday, the Manhattan High girls’ golf team shot a 370 to take third place at the Wamego Country Club.

Kylie McCarthy battled through tough conditions to shoot an 80 and win the tournament, sinking birdie putts on two of her last three holes to keep her four-stroke lead down the stretch.

“Kylie shot a great score today on a very challenging course,” Manhattan coach Chris George said. “With the narrow fairways and undulations, which is something we haven’t seen much of this year, she avoided any big scores that many of the top golfers had.

George said McCarthy’s performance was especially good considering the wind and the way some of the other top girls were playing.

“There were lots of lost balls and drops from the lateral hazards, and many were taken by some of the best golfers in the state,” George said. “Given the conditions, bogey golf was pretty darn good today and for Kylie to almost break 80 was spectacular.”

Hannah Devane shot a 90 to finish in ninth place, with Kelsey McCarthy taking 11th with a 92. Anna Jackson shot a 108, Amy Levin a 117 and Cassidy Harper a 121 to round out the scoring.

“Hannah was solid most of the day but got into some trouble taking a triple there near the end,” George said. “But she parred her last two holes to stay in the medal hunt. Kelsey started off really slow but came back throughout most of her round to shoot an above average score, relatively speaking.”

Washburn Rural won the tournament with a 358, with St. Thomas Aquinas taking second place with a 364.

“Teamwise, we just didn’t have the depth of Washburn Rural or St. Thomas Aquinas today, but we still made a pretty good showing,” George said. “The girls thought it was fun to play against some of the better Kansas City schools that we don’t see that often like Shawnee Mission East and BV West.”

Manhattan plays at Cypress Ridge in Topeka on Monday at the Centennial League meet.

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