SALINA — The Newton High School boys’ golf team claimed a second-place finish Friday at the 10-team Salina Central Invitational at the Salina Municipal Golf Course.?Manhattan edged Newton by two strokes, 321-323, for the team title. Salina Central was third at 325, followed by Topeka at 344 and Topeka Seaman at 347.?“We had tough conditions today,” Newton coach Joanie Pauls said. “The wind was brutal, gusting close to 40 mph at times. The holes playing into the wind were playing difficult and long. The team did a great job of shooting six strokes better than yesterday, finishing second in the team standings. It was a day the boys really had to work on their mental toughness and grind.”?Lane Pauls was the top medalist at 75, one stroke better than Nick Wagner of Maize South. David Woods on Manhattan and Max Stucky-Halley of Topeka tied for third at 77.?“Lane won the individual title,” Joanie Pauls said. “He continues to putt well; playing the entire round without a three putt. He wasn’t happy with his play from the tee but had three birdies on the round. After he lipped out his par putt on the par 3 17th, he was able to birdie 18 to get back to five over.”?Omar Ramos-Thaw took 10th at 81.?“Omar medaled in 10th place,” Joanie Pauls said. “His round was highlighted by an eagle on the par-5 seventh. It was his first eagle in high school competition. He did a much better job of keeping the ball in play, shooting five strokes better than yesterday at McPherson.”?Dalton Ayers missed a medal by one stroke, finishing at 81. Alex Rickard finished at 85, followed by Cole Rother at 90 and Avery Anderson at 92.?“Dalton finished one stroke out of a medal,” Joanie Pauls said. “He hit the ball well on the front nine, but couldn’t get any putts to fall. He had two birdies on his round, but a errant drive on 16 led to an out-of-bounds and triple bogey. He has been playing great for the majority of his rounds, but has had some trouble on his closing holes. His very close to posting some low numbers for the team.?“Alex and a bad start on the day, with a triple bogey on his starting hole. He bounced back quickly, parring his next 3 holes. He was able to improve 12 strokes from yesterday’s round. He did a great job of not letting his bad start ruin his round. Cole’s first shot of the day ended up out-of-bounds leading to an opening triple bogey. Unfortunately, he wasn’t able to bounce back. He was frustrated with his driver; missing some left, others to the right. The wind was amplifying any side spin on the ball.?“Avery struggled with the holes into the wind today. He was 14 over on the six holes into the wind. He was able to play much better on his other holes.”?Newton hosts the Newton Invitational today at Sand Creek Station.
Salina Central Invitational?Friday?Salina Municipal GC?Team scores — Manhattan 321, Newton 323, Salina Central 325, Topeka 344, Topeka Seaman 347, Maize South 356, Hutchinson 366, Salina Central JV 382, Salina South 431, Emporia 458.?Medalists — 1. Lane Pauls New. 75, 2. Nick Wagner MS 76, 3. (tie) David Woods Man. 77, Max Stucky-Halley Top. 77, 5. (tie) Drew Casper Man. 78, Max Humprhey SC 78, Cole Dillon Man. 78, 8. (tie) Matt Grammer SC 80, Matt Martin SC 80, 10. Omar Ramos-Thaw New. 81.?Other Newton scores — Dalton Ayers 82, Cole Rother 90, Avery Anderson 92, Alex Rickard 85.