Sisters help lead Indians to state

By Grant Guggisberg

Like most twins, Kelsey and Kylie McCarthy can point out plenty of differences in the way they do things.

Even in golf, where their consistency, focus and determination seem to be as identical as they are, the two say they play totally different styles.

“We obviously have different swing styles and putting styles and everything,” Kelsey said. “I don’t really think we’re much the same.”

Kylie agreed.

“It’s different, but it’s the same too,” she said. “We learned from our parents.”

The two made varsity last year as freshmen, but this year have really come into their own as sophomores, providing solid depth behind senior captain Blake Fingalsen.

“First of all, I’d say that nobody on the team works harder at their game in practice,” Manhattan coach Chris George said. “They’re totally focused and doing all the right things. So it’s only a matter of time before they see some of the success that Blake and some of the other girls in the past have seen.”

The two say they aren’t horribly competitive with each other, but do like to win.

“Sometimes we can be competitive,” Kelsey said. “It just depends on what the situation is. People always ask us who’s better at golf or basketball or whatever. But it really just depends on the day.

“Sometimes she is, sometimes I am.”

She said the two have had to play each other in scorecard playoffs after finishing tournaments tied, which is a fun way for one to get the best of the other while not hurting the team.

The two sisters both admitted to being shy, but like to use golf as a way to meet new people in a comfortable setting.

“When you’re playing with different people, you branch out and become more outgoing instead of shy,” Kelsey said.

Being closer than the average pair of sisters, they don’t mind getting out and playing with other people, either.

“Since you’re around each other every single day, 24-7, you don’t mind getting away from each other,” Kylie said. “You kind of enjoy it.”

The two both said they’d probably enjoy playing in college, if given the opportunity.

“I think it could be fun — I’d want to try it for maybe one year,” Kelsey said. “I’ve heard of people who played high school golf but didn’t in college and regretted it. So I might want to try it.”

Kylie said she thinks college golf would be a good way to get out and see the world.

“You’d get to travel the world and go to all kinds of different golf courses around the country,” she said. “That’d be fun.”

Before that, however, the two will take part in the season’s final tournament on Monday. This year, 6A state is hosted by Rolling Hills Country Club in Wichita. The course is similar to the course at the Manhattan Country Club, so that’s where the Indians held their final practice of the season this week.

“We’ve been working on a lot of downhill putts, and working on our short game,” George said. “Hopefully we’ll be able to play our average, at least. That’s what it takes at state a lot of times. The pressure gets to players and they try to do too much.”

George has encouraged the girls to not try and overdo it, despite the pressures of facing off against the state’s best.

“We don’t want the girls to try the super-human-miracle shot,” he said. “Just do what’s best for the team. If you think you should play it safe, then do it.”

Fingalsen will most likely lead the way, as she has all season, but right behind her will be Kelsey and Kylie, doing everything they can to help the team and play consistent golf.

“You can tell just by watching that they really want to be good,” George said. “They’re dedicated and they’ve put a lot into their game.”

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