It only took one meet for the Manhattan High girls’ golf team to reach one of its goals, as the Indians finished third at the Shawnee Heights Invitational at Lake Shawnee.
The team finished with a score of 356, finishing four strokes under their early season goal of cracking 360. Blue Valley North won at 345 and Washburn Rural was second at 349.
MHS coach Chris George said some of the scores were higher due to the course conditions, but he thought his team managed the situation well.
“The greens seemed to be slow and that’s some of the reason the scores were higher for all of the teams, but I was happy though,” he said. “We set a goal to break 360 and we hit that so we will have to readjust our goals now.”
Jenna Crusinberry led the Indians with a third place finish at 81, while newcomer Taylor Lund finished fifth at 86.
George said he was happy to see Lund find early success after moving in from North Dakota. He said it was a tough, hot day for everyone.
“I was really happy, she played great and pretty consistent all day long,” he said. “And it was tough because it was hot there. It was steamy after the storms moved through and by the time we got underway.”
Blake Fingalsen scored 89 and Kelsie McCarthy was at 100. Hanna Devane finished out at 103 and Kylie McCarthy was at 108.
George said he expects the scores to come down as they have time to work on some various drills in practice. He said they spent most of the first week of practice qualifying for the first tournament, and will now take time to work on other things before next Tuesday’s tournament.
George said with a team that consisted of three underclassmen, he figured there could be some nervousness. Now that they have a tournament under their belt, George said they can move on and get more used to tournament play.
“We were pleased with the first tournament,” he said. “I had a feeling that some of the girls would be nervous and they all admitted that they were, and we talked about going out and taking one stroke at a time, and after the first few holes they figured that out and played pretty good.”
The team will hit the course again next week for a Tuesday tournament hosted by Topeka West.