In a field of 105 players and 17 teams, two Henry County Lady Cats placed in the top 15 at the Anderson County Invitational golf tournament Saturday.
Boyle County won the event with Taylor County finishing second. The Lady Cats did not figure in the team scoring because Coach Willie Peyton is limiting the big tournaments to his more experienced players.
Those more experienced players include MacKenzie Peyton, who once again showed that she is one of the top golfers in the state with a 72 that gave her second place behind Anderson County’s Kaitlyn Riley, who shot 71.
Sixth grader Maddie Hensley also shot a good score of 82 to finish in the top 15. Cheyenne Clark, playing and walking in her first 18-hole tournament of the year had a 105 in her first outing after coming off a stress fracture in her foot.
“I was very pleased with the way the girls played. Cheyenne just had a couple of bad holes but hit the ball very well for just coming back this week,” Willie Peyton said. “Maddie, one of the youngest in the tournament, is doing very well playing with the older girls. MacKenzie continues her steady play as one of the state’s top girls’ golfers. We play a home match with Trimble Co. on (Aug. 22) and all our girls will play in that one. Then we go to Bullitt East’s tournament next Saturday at Glenmary Country Club in Louisville.”
On Tuesday, Aug. 14 the Lady Cats unveiled their entire team for the first time this season and placed second to host Owen County at Wheatley Golf Course. Carroll County finished third. Owen had a team score of 169 in the 9-hole match with Henry County at 200 and Carroll had a score of 226.
Individually, Peyton finished first with a 1-under par 34. Hensley was third at 40. Making their debuts, freshman Cheyenne Clark shot 53, sixth grader Claire Young shot 74 and sixth grader Haley Payton shot 76. Also playing but not considered in the team scoring were Nikki Perkinson who shot 67 and Victoria Eldridge who shot 73.
“This was the first match for four of our seven players and I was very pleased with their ability to pick up parts of the game they had never experienced before,” Willie Peyton said. “Things really look bright for our future if these girls continue to improve their game as they have thus far.”
The team’s busy week started with a tournament at Scott County on Saturday, Aug. 11. The Lady Cats had two players compete in the event with MacKenzie Peyton leading the way. Peyton shot 77 in the 18-hole tournament to take third place on the tough Canewood course in Georgetown. Sixth grader Maddie Hensley shot 93 for a top 20 finish in a field of about 60 players, mostly from the Georgetown-Lexington area.
“It was a very tough course,” Willie Peyton said. “MacKenzie played well but couldn’t get the putts to fall. Maddie got off to a bad start going 7,6,7 on the first three holes but came on strong in the end.”
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