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Neeland finishes in top 20 at Salina South Invite
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Neeland finishes in top 20 at Salina South.

SALINA— Allison Neeland shot a score of 46 over the first nine holes then fired 49 on the back nine to place 18th at Monday’s Salina South Invitational. Carly Dreiling (48-52-100) and Mikayla Bownes (54-47-101) finished 24th and 29th respectively. As a team the Panthers finished with a team score of 402 for seventh place out of ten teams in competition. Goddard-Eisenhower was the top finisher scoring 352 while Manhattan placed second at 357. Derby followed a stroke behind at 358.

“There were some very good teams in this tournament,” said coach Travis McAtee, “Even though we finished seventh out of ten teams and had no individual medalists, I was pleased with the girls’ efforts today. Four of the girls had personal bests and our 18-hole team score was the best we’ve had for the season.”

Other competitors representing GBHS were Halley Sanders (35th, 50-56-106), Brooklyn Burkhart (38th, 56-51-107) and Taylor Hommertzheim (40th, 54-54-108).

Kaily Griffith played 12 holes on the par three course in the JV division and shot a 56 which earned her a third place tie.

“We hope that our confidence is building for the second half of the season,” McAtee said. “I was proud of the girls for hanging in there because we didn’t get off to a very good start overall. But they  didn’t give up and scores got better as the tournament went on.  Carly and Mikayla posted nine-hole scores in the forties for the first time, which is definitely encouraging for them and us as a team.”

Great Bend will compete at Liberal on Thursday.