HC Ladycats aim toward regional tourney

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Top-two finish will secure team first berth to state tournament

By Tommie Kendall

Kathy Peyton hopes she has her team primed for a top-two regional tournament performance, which would qualify the Henry County Ladcyats for the state golf tournament for the first time in school history. The Cats, who finished tied for third last September, will get that chance this Monday when they travel to the Midland Trail Golf Course in Louisville.

Henry played in two matches last week and closes out the regular season this Wednesday in a match against Atherton at home. Then, the attention will turn towards the regional tourney and that elusive top-two finish. The top four individuals also advance to state.

“It’s coming around now. We’re getting a little more serious,” said Peyton, whose team will practice daily up to region, including an 18-hole practice round at the Henry County Country Club this Sunday.

Last Monday, Henry traveled to Shelby County and came back with one of its more disappointing matches of the season. Henry lost 170-188 with Samantha Woods shooting a 41 for nine holes, Ally Vaughn a 47, MacKenzie Peyton a 48, Emily Hensley a 52, Taylor Stanley a 57 and MacKenzie Clifford a 68. Meanwhile, Shelby’s top four golfers shot 41-42-43-44.

“The greens that day were so fast and our players never could adjust to them,” Peyton said of the Weissinger Course. “Samantha had a really good day, she hit the ball well and putted really well. The others could just never get the feel of the course, though. We were glad to see Sam shoot so well but disappointed in our overall score.”

The Ladycats were back on the course three days later when they hosted Assumption at the country club in New Castle. Henry won 174-246 with Vaughn shooting a 38, Woods a 40, Hensley a 46, Peyton a 50, Stanley a 51 and Clifford a 64. It was Vaughn’s best score this season and just two strokes off her school record of 36 shot last fall. Assumption was without its top golfer.

The match was Senior Night for Henry with the squad recognizing its lone senior, Woods. She was just one stroke away from shooting in the 30s, which points her in the right direction in the closing week of her career.

The Ladycats host Atherton this Wednesday at 4:15 p.m. in their final match, then turn their attention to Monday’s regional tourney. The 18 holes start at 8 a.m.

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