The Henry County Ladycats were aiming for a higher finish at their first All “A” Classic State Golf Tournament, but a fifth-place finish was a solid showing for a squad performing on the biggest stage they had ever been on.
After 18 holes at the tough Arlington Golf Course in Richmond Saturday, Glasgow (77, 78, 82, 82) came away with the state title with 319 points, and was followed by Villa Madonna and Green County with 338 each, Heath with 344 and Henry with 357. The scores from the top four golfers were combined for the team standings.
There are 125 schools across Kentucky eligible for the All “A” Classic, with 16 advancing to Saturday’s golf tournament based on performances from various regional tournaments within the last few weeks. Henry shot a school-record 334 to win the 8th Region Tournament before its fifth-place finish in its first statewide tourney.
“We went down there knowing we had a chance, but we thought it would take a score in the 330s to win it,” Henry coach Kathy Peyton said afterwards. “We didn’t think a team would shoot as well as Glasgow did.”
Allison Vaughn played in Henry’s top spot, and teed off with the No. 1 players from Glasgow and Heath. Samantha Woods played No. 2, Leah Christian played No. 3, Kara Blair played No. 4 and Kaitlin Blair played No. 5 to round out the five-person squad. Vaughn led Henry with an 84, followed by Christian with an 88, Woods with an 89, Kara with a 96 and Kaitlin with an 104.
“I know they were nervous when they walked to that first tee,” Peyton said. “It was something we’ve never been a part of before. It was awesome to get to go though.”
Peyton said the course was much tougher than the Henry County Country Club, where HC plays its home matches. The private course has more trees, bigger hills and tighter fairways.
Christian, who holds the school record for 18 holes with a 76 shot at the regional tournament, was playing on a sprained ankle but still managed to be one of the top Henry golfers with her solid 88 on the up-and-down course. She sprained her ankle after practice last Tuesday, missed Wednesday’s match and was on crutches until Thursday night. She walked holes 10, 11 and 12 Friday to see if she was capable of playing the following day, and decided she was good to go.
“We took her but were thinking she might not even get to play,” Peyton said. “It was still swollen and sore Saturday, but she said it didn’t hurt too much.”
Leading into the All “A” Classic, the Ladycats played against Owen County and Trimble County at home last Wednesday. Henry shot a 181 for the win, Owen shot a 189 and Trimble shot a 268.
Individually, Woods led all scorers with a 41, while Vaughn shot a 42, Emily Hensley shot a 45, Kaitlin and Mackenzie Peyton shot a 49 each, Kara shot a 54, Taylor Stanley shot a 57 and McKenzie Clifford shot a 63.
“Except for the regional tournament, it just seems like we can’t get five to six players shooting well on the same day,” Peyton said, while referring to the three-team match with Owen and Trimble at the Henry County Country Club.
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