Two Indians medal at state, MHS 7th

By Grant Guggisberg

Playing in the last tournament of the season, the Manhattan High girls’ golf team took seventh place overall, but came home with two individual medalists to cap its season at the Rolling Hills Country Club in Wichita Monday.

The Indians scored a 370 on the day.

Blake Fingalsen finished strong on the back nine to card an 82, good for 10th place. Kelsey McCarthy shot an 89 to tie for 15th place and earn a medal.

Both girls needed solid performances after slipping a bit on the front nine, but managed to put it into gear when it mattered most. McCarthy’s finish was especially good, considering her scores in the last few tournaments.

“It was Kelsey’s best tournament in the last month and was nice to see her end her season by winning a medal at state,” MHS coach Chris George said. “She started off rough on the first four holes but played solid the rest of the way.”

As a team, the Indians could have done better if they’d have played their season averages. But tough greens at Rolling Hills gave most team fits.

“The tricky greens proved to be the reason for relatively high scores for such a perfect fall afternoon,” George said. “I saw occasions all day long where girls from all of the schools would three-putt from less than four feet away on some of the hilly greens. There were only a handful of girls that broke 80, which is unusual for a state tournament held in perfect conditions.”

Shawnee Mission East won the team title at 343, with Maize (348) and Washburn Rural (350) rounding out the top three.

Individually, Olathe Northwest’s Audrey Judd took first with a 74, three strokes ahead of her nearest competition.

For Manhattan, Kylie McCarthy shot a 98, Hannah Devane carded a 100, Anna Jackson finshed with a 103 and Cassidy Harper rounded out the scoring at 124.

“I know all of the girls feel disappointed with our team score and wish they could have a couple of holes back,” George said. “Hopefully they can learn from this experience and use it for motivation to get better in the off season.”

For Fingalsen, her final tournament didn’t start the way she wanted. The senior finished with a 44 on the front nine, but settled in for a 1-over-par 38 on the back.

George said the lone senior for the Indians lipped out a birdie putt on 15 and tapped in for par, then crushed a monster drive followed by a 20-foot chip in for eagle on the par-4 16th. She parred the last two holes to end her career at Manhattan High.

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