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Squires set to defend County Tournament title

Manchester's Sam Kissell putts the ball on hole No. 8 for the Squires during the Manchester Invitational last week.

BY JACOB RUDE - sports@wabashplaindealer.com

The Wabash County Golf Tournament will take place on Saturday at Honeywell Golf Course, a change from the originally scheduled location of Etna Acres. The change came as a result of Southwood being unable to field a team this season after having just one golfer last season.

As a result, the tournament returns to Honeywell for the second consecutive season with the Manchester girls’ golf team looking to retain their title. Last fall, the Squires fired a 347 to win the title by 54 strokes. However, four of the five members of that Squire team graduated, leaving the Squires as an underdog heading into this season’s tournament.

Northfield and Wabash, as a result, are the frontrunners with the Apaches having more experience both overall and this season. Each of the six members for Wabash on this year’s team return from last season.

The Apaches started the season this fall with a round of 372 at the Huntington North Invitational at Norwood Golf Club. Annie Cole led the team on that day while Bella Carrillo led the team later that week at the Manchester Invitational where the Apaches took the team title in the nine-hole event.

Wabash competed on Monday evening against Logansport, downing the Berries 181-201. Carrillo was medalist with a 37 while Lindsey Mattern fired a 45 and Cole a 46. Corinne Kugler carded a 63 while Aubrey Till had a non-scoring 69.

 

Northfield, meanwhile, has had just one contest this season, the Huntington North Invitational, and will compete once more against Tippecanoe Valley on Thursday before the Wabash County Meet on Saturday.

Manchester is expected to have a full team available for Saturday’s meet. So far this season, the Squires have had just three golfers compete in the opening week of the season. While the Squires likely won’t be a factor in the team title race, Sam Kissell will likely factor into the individual medalist race. Carrillo and Cole from Wabash will be the likely other two competitors to factor into the medalist race.

The Squires not only won last year’s Wabash County Tournament title but are the three-time reigning champions of the event. Prior to the Squires’ run, Southwood had won back-to-back County Tournament titles themselves dating back to 2015.

The tournament is slated to start at 9 a.m. at Honeywell Golf Course.