Lindsey Bevill dominated the field and Vincent Vaughn squeezed past it over the weekend at the Henry County Country Club Championships.
Bevill, a high school regional champion for Carroll County a few years back, held a six-stroke lead after the first day on Saturday, then stretched it to nine on Sunday for a 10-over-par 154. Paula McGlothin finished second at 163 and Samantha Woods — an upcoming senior at Henry County High School — was third at 166. Carolyn Adcock, who has won the club championship eight times dating back to 1999, finished tied for fifth at 170.
Meanwhile, the men’s championship flight took a completely different scenario as the top group battled back and forth during the two days. After 36 holes, Vaughn and Brad Gross were tied for first overall at 150 each. Vaughn then pared the par-3 playoff hole and Gross bogeyed, giving Vaughn his first title since 2003. Jimmy Simpson was third at 156.
Kathy Peyton, who won the club championship in 2002 and now coaches the high school girls’ team, was a spectator this year and said the course played much harder on Sunday with fast greens and tough pin placements. By looking at the score cards, with most of the players shooting worse the second day, it appears she is right.
“The putting was really tough, especially on hole three,” Peyton said of the hole that gave most golfers fits all day. “The course just played a lot tougher for sure.”
In the women’s championship flight, Bevill wasted no time in jumping out to a comfortable lead, where she stayed throughout most of the two days. She shot 38 and 35 on day one, and 42 and 39 on day two for the nine-stroke advantage. In second place, McGlothin shot a 42 and 37 on day one, and a 43, 41 on day two. Last year, Bevill won and Adcock was second.
In the women’s first flight, Leslie Jenkins finished first with a 183, Emily Hensley was second at 191 and Sara Kingsolver was third at 210.
On the men’s side, Vaughn shot a 38 and 35 on day one, and followed with a 40, 37 on day two, which was even with Gross at 37, 36, 42 and 35. They both shot 73, 77 for 150. But Vaughn won the playoff hole to end a Gross run that dated back to 2003. Gross has won the title 13 times starting in 1991, and five consecutive times from 2004-2008. Last year, Gross won and Vaughn was second.
In the men’s first flight, Erik Staples won with a 158, Rick Schepman was second at 162 and Jason Klempner was third at 163. In the men’s second flight, Billy Baker was first at 167, Frank Marlow was second at 168 and Buddy Gross was third at 171. And in the men’s third flight, Tim Pryor was first at 175, Mark McGlothin was second at 179 and Joey Jaehnigan was third at 196.
As for the HCHS girls’ team, which had four golfers play, they combined for a four-person score of 335 on the first day with Woods, MacKenzie Peyton, Ally Vaughn and Hensley. It was just one stroke off the school record of 334 set last fall.
“That was just really awesome,” said Peyton, who encourages her athletes to play in tournaments like the club championships during the high school’s off-season. “I thought they played really well that first day. That score would have taken us to state, or put us right in contention.”
Last year, the Ladycats broke numerous school records and finished third at the regional tournament, just one place away from going to state. The first official tournament this year is Aug. 3 at Long Run Park in the Sacred Heart Tournament.
The Henry County Country Club’s next big tournament is the Men’s Invitational on Aug. 22. For more information about the club, which is located just north of New Castle, call (502)845-2375.
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