HUTCHINSON The Newton High School boys' golf team took a step backwards Friday at the Hutchinson Invitational at the Carey Park Golf Course. The Railers finished 20th out of 34 teams. Shawnee Mission East and Kapaun-Mt. Carmel tied for first at 294. Dodge City was third at 300, followed by Blue Valley North at 306 and Hutchinson at 309. Newton had a team score of 341. "It was a tough day for us, each of the players had at least one double bogey," Newton coach Joanie Pauls said. "We had one of our highest totals of the year. We had two weather delays and finished the round in a steady rain." Zach Kirby of Dodge City shot a one-under par 70 for top medalist honors. Chase Hanna of Shawnee Mission East and Sam Stevens of Kapaun-Mt. Carmel each had a 71. Newton was led by Dalton Ayers with an 82, followed by Omar Ramos-Thaw with an 83. Cole Rother shot an 85, followed by Alex Rickard with a 90 and Lane Pauls with a 91. "Dalton and Omar both played well for the majority of their rounds and led the team, with 82 and 83.," Joanie Pauls said. "Cole and Alex both had good rounds going, until their last couple holes. The players started having trouble gripping the clubs in the wetter conditions towards the end of the day. Lane had trouble with his driver off the tee and was unable to count on his short game today." Newton plays Thursday at the Winfield Invitational at the Winfield Country Club. "Hopefully we can rebound there," Joanie Pauls said. "Winfield Country Club is a tight course and should be a good test for us heading into post-season."

Hutchinson Invitational Friday Carey Park GC Par 71 Team scores Shawnee Mission East 294-78, Kapaun-Mt. Carmel 294-84, Dodge City 300, Blue Valley West 303, Blue Valley North 306, Hutchinson 309, Bishop Carroll 310, Manhattan 318, Shawnee Mission Northwest 326, Derby 328, Winfield 330, Blue Valley Northwest 331-87, Salina Central 331-88, Hays 332-88, Wichita Heights 332-99, Buhler 333-88, Blue Valley 333-91, Arkansas City 335, Junction City 340, Newton 341, Shawnee Mission South 347, Maize 347, Garden City 348-93, Shawnee Heights 348-103, Shawnee Mission West 349, Goddard Eisenhower 350, McPherson 355-93, Great Bend 355-94, Wichita Northwest 357, Topeka West 365, Liberal 373, Olathe North 382, Campus 403. Top finishers 1. Zach Kirby DC 35-3570, 2. Chase Hanna SME 37-3471, 3. Sam Stevens KMC 33-3871, 4. Matthew Gilbaugh KMC 36-3672, 5. Dax Shaw AC 34-3872, 6. Brad Hutton DC 37-3572, 7. Turner Wintz Hut. 38-3674, 8. James Henderson BVW 36-3874, 9. Alex Higgs BVN 35-3974, 10. Jake Goldman BVN 38-3674, 11. Jeremy Dunham Der, 37-3774, 12. Landon Fox Win. 37-3774, 13. Conor Richardson SME 38-3674, 14. John Saliaz SME 37-3774, 15. Nick Auer KMC 37-3875, 16. Conner Knabe SME 40-3575, 17. Matt Sander BC 37-3875, 18. Caleb Haight WH 39-3675, 19. Sam Galliart Hut. 38-3775, 20. Garrett Allen SMNW 40-3676. Newton scores Omar Ramos-Thaw 42-4183, Lane Pauls 45-4691, Dalton Ayers 43-3982, Alex Rickard 46-4490, Cole Rother 46-4086.