For the fifth straight season, the Henry County girls’ golf team has the goal of finishing among the top two teams at its regional tournament to advance to the state tournament for the first time in school history.
But this year, the Ladycats are more primed than ever to make that leap with school records for both nine holes (172) and 18 holes (334) shot earlier in the season, a fifth straight North Central Kentucky Conference championship, an 8th Region All “A” Classic title and a fifth-place finish at the All “A” State Tournament in the first year they were eligible to compete. Also, Henry made the switch from the 6th Region to the 5th Region in the state’s new alignment, which should mix things up a bit. The Ladycats best regional performances came in 2004 and 2007 — when they finished fourth out of around 20 teams each time.
The 6th Region tournament will be held this Monday at Weisinger Golf Course in Shelbyville with T-off scheduled for 7:30 a.m.
“If we go there and play like we are capable of, we have as good of a shot at winning it as any team there,” said Henry coach Kathy Peyton. “I would take any of our girls and say they have the potential and ability to do it. But it’s a one-day thing, and we have to go there and get it done on that one particular day.”
Entering the tournament, the top teams based on performances during recent months are Shelby County, Oldham County, Sacred Heart and Henry. The top two teams from each of the 12 statewide regional tournaments will advance to the state tournament, along with the top four individuals from each region that is not on one of the qualifying teams. The state tournament will be held Oct. 6-8 at the Bowling Green Country Club.
Since Henry started its golf program in 1998, the Ladycats have not qualified for state as a team and has had two golfers barely miss an individual qualifying spot. In 2004, Nikki Chilton tied for the final individual spot with an 87 but lost in a playoff hole. Then, last year, Kara Blair shot an 89 to miss qualifying by just two strokes and one place.
As of now, freshman Allison Vaughn will play in the team’s No. 1 position, while senior Leah Christian will play No. 2, junior Samantha Woods will play No. 3, senior Kara Blair will play No. 4 and senior Kaitlin Blair will play No. 5. Sixth-grader Mackenzie Peyton is the alternate.
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