Manhattan High’s varsity golf team started the season on a high note, taking first place at the Seaman Invitational on Thursday in Topeka.

The Indians topped Seamen and Washburn Rural, who sent their JV squad, totaling 356 strokes. Seamen had 375 and Washburn Rural had 387. Four Manhattan golfers shot an 89 on the day. Kami Bussman placed third, AJ Ryan placed fourth, Rhys Phipps in fifth and Andi Siebert in sixth.

For Bussman, Ryan and Phipps, this was a career-low performance. Emily Yerman and Lizzy Tauschek rounded out the scores with 93 and 111 strokes respectively, solidifying a comfortable cushion for the Indians at the top.

The team had three chip-ins, which is something head coach Paige McCarthy had the team work on heavily in their practice Monday.

“They are seeing the benefits of working on the short game so much,” McCarthy said. “There is still a lot of room for improvement, but it was a good, solid start.”

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