MHS second at league golf tourney

By Grant Guggisberg

Apparently, Manhattan and the rest of the Centennial League picked the wrong day to challenge Washburn Rural at the annual league championship meet.

The Junior Blues ran away with the competition Tuesday afternoon, sweeping the top three individual scores to take the championship 27 strokes ahead of second-place Manhattan, which carded a 355 as a team at Lake Shawnee Golf Course.

“Hats off to Washburn Rural,” MHS coach Chris George said. “They were on fire today.”

Blake Fingalsen (85) was the top finisher for the Indians, taking fourth behind the top three Rural golfers. Kelsey McCarthy was right behind with an 86 for sixth place, with Kylie McCarthy taking 10th with a 90.

Anna Jackson finished in 13th place with a 94, while Hannah Devane shot a 96 to get 15th. Cassidy Harper rounded out the scoring with a 114.

“The girls struggled somewhat off the tee today and our approach shots were average for the most part,” George said. “The bright spot was that the putting was good, but a lot of the time we were two putting for bogeys instead of pars.”

Rural’s Kaci Dillingham carded a 79 to take the league crown as an individual, finishing ahead of teammates Haley Flory (80) and Sam Mitchell (83).

The Junior Blues picked a good day to be on their game, easily winning the league title while firing off a season-low team score after a slow start.

Finishing behind Manhattan was Shawnee Heights (364) in third, with Topeka Hayden (398) and Topeka Seaman (405) rounding out the top five.

Manhattan continues its season with a trip to Hutchinson on Thursday for the Hutchinson Invitational at Carey Park before hosting the Manhattan Invitational on Monday.

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