Girls Golf Regionals and State

Edee Galle, Staff Writer

After a fourth-place finish at Regionals, the Manhattan girls golf team finished a cold 6A state meet in sixth place. Throughout the tournament the golfers faced strong wind.

“It was hard to adapt to that as I was playing,” sophomore Emily Wuggazer said.

Despite the tournament being competitive, freshman Kat Ball and Wuggazer shot their career best. Ball placed fifth overall with a new best of 79. Following Ball was Wuggazer placing seventh overall and shooting 81.  

“There is always stuff I can work on,” Wuggazer said. “But, it felt really nice to shoot a score in a tournament that I know I’m capable of,” Wuggazer said.

Finishing fourth at Regionals was a confidence boost for some of the golfers going into state. The first day of state went really well for the golfers. State was held at the Salina Municipal Golf Course. The team tied for fifth place, shooting a new season low of 332. Olathe led the tournament with 318 strokes. Washburn Rural falls in second just 7 strokes ahead of Manhattan High. Individually for MHS, Sophomore Kailtyn Lagabed tied for eighth shooting 79, Ball tied for 19 shooting 83, Wuggazer shot 84, Freshmen Lily Bahr shot 86, and Rylee Wisdom and Jessica Kim shot 96. 

“The first day went really well,” Lagabed said. “We did awesome as a team and we set a team personal record,” 

The second day of state didn’t go as well as they had hoped. The weather conditions were harsh and cold. Although the weather conditions were harsh, the team secured their sixth place with a combined score of 349. 

“It was extremely cold, especially in the mornings and the wind didn’t help,” Lagabed said. “The weather took a toll on us but we pushed through.”

Individually, leading the team was Lagabed placing 16, scoring 165 for both days. Ball took 23 place and scored 170 for both days. 

The team is sad to see the season come to an end, but is excited for what comes next year. 

“I’m really excited for next season,” Lagabed said.