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Lady Cats host invitational

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HCHS also play in Shelby tournament

By Greg Woods

The Henry County girls’ golf team got their season under way with two tournaments this week.

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Saturday, the Lady Cats played in the Shelby County Invitational and on Monday they hosted their own tournament.

The young team shot 398 Monday with MacKenzie Peyton leading the way shooting a 2-under-par 69, which was good for second place.

Only Maddie Hamilton, one of the top-ranked players in the state from last year’s state champion team Sacred Heart could better Peyton, and shot a 68.

Seventh grader Maddie Hensley had an 82, which put her in a tie for 11th place, just one stroke from making the all-tournament team.

Seventh graders Nikki Perkinson and Haley Peyton shot 113 and 134, respectively, to round out the team scoring for the Lady Cats.

Sacred Heart won the team trophy with a score of 302. They placed all four of their scoring golfers on the all-tournament team.

Shelby County, playing without one of their top golfers, Madison Thomas, still finished second with a 337.

Anderson County was third at 355, Grant County was fourth with 356 and Owen County was fifth with a 375.

Henry County coach Willie Peyton commented to the crowd during the awards ceremony that having all 11 teams score below 400 was quite an accomplishment for the strong field, as was the fact that there were 10 girls at, or below 81.

MacKenzie Peyton, who had four birdies on the day, was pleased with her round.

“I played solid golf,” she said. “I double bogeyed 14. I just hit a bad sand shot. From there on out I played pretty good. After Saturday at Shelby County it was a relief to come out and play good golf.”

On Saturday Peyton shot 80 in the Lady Rocket Classic, which was not to her satisfaction.

Hensley’s game also showed a little rust by her standards as she shot 91 in the opening tournament of the year for the Lady Cats.

Haley Peyton shot 145 on Saturday, which means that the three Lady Cats improved from Saturday by 31 strokes.