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Henry County Lady Cat golfer Mackenzie Peyton competed in a U. S. Open qualifier at Indian Hill Golf Club in Winnetka, Illinois on May 19 and finished tied for 23rd in a field of over 60 golfers. The golfers played 36 holes on the day and Peyton finished with a 76 in the first round and an 82 in the second round. Peyton’s first round score left her tied for eighth.
She had 14 pars in the first round with three bogeys and one double bogey. In the second round Peyton had two double bogeys, eight bogeys and a birdie.
When asked if playing two rounds in one day for the first time had affected her game Peyton said, “Not really. I thought it might be tough but it didn’t really affect me as much as I thought it would. I only had time for half a bag of Cheetos and a drink between rounds but it didn’t seem to bother me.”
Peyton said the course was set up very long and that the greens were bumpy but not too bad.
“The course was very flat which we don’t see around here very much,” Peyton said. “The few bad holes I had were either wrong club selection or not getting up and down. The length of the course did not affect me.”
For Peyton it was a new experience playing with so many quality competitors.
“It was interesting to see so many people play at a higher level,” Peyton said. “Around here there is Maddie Hamilton and Madison Thomas and a few others but up there everyone was at that level.”
Peyton went into the round without any expectations. She wanted to play for the experience.
“I wanted to treat it like a normal round of golf,” she said. “On the first tee there were some nerves. I skulled my first drive behind the green on a par three and I thought, gosh, this is going to be rough, but I got up and down and then I knew I’d be okay. After that I was fine and it was just another round of golf.”
Peyton has a busy summer schedule of tournaments as she prepares for her senior season of high school golf after finishing second in the state golf tournament last fall.
“I’m excited about this summer,” she said. “I’m playing in a bunch of tournaments. I can’t wait to get started.”