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MacKenzie Peyton shot a 1-over-par 72 to win the North Central Kentucky Conference golf tournament held at the Henry County Country Club on Sept. 11. Peyton’s score, which equaled her score in the Henry County Invitational, helped the Lady Cats to a runner-up finish behind Owen County.
The Lady Rebels’ Shelby Power was the individual runner-up and led her team to a score of 330. Henry County’s team score was 375, as 6th grader Maddie Hensley shot 85 and freshman Cheyenne Clark shot 103 to join Peyton on the All-Conference team.
Sixth graders Nikki Perkinson and Claire Young shot 115 and 118, respectively, in their first 18-hole match.
In the boys’ tournament, 5th grader Alex Hadden led his young teammates with an 89, which tied for 11th individually, and put him on the All-Conference team. The Wildcats finished 6th out of seven teams.
Eighth grader Dillon Allen was second for HCHS with a score of 105, 5th grader Isaac Klempner shot 115, 9th grader Shayn Strong shot 118 and 7th grader Tyler Tingle shot 122.
Walton-Verona won the team title with a score of 336 and Owen County was second with a score of 352.
Individually, Jacob Poore took first place with a score of 74 and Zach Ripy of Owen County was the runner-up at 77.
“I am extremely proud of the guys as they have continued to work on their games and strive to make improvements,” Coach Cory Krebs said of the team’s performance. “Being the youngest team in the region and playing against much older and more experienced players is not easy. Our guys played their hearts out and gave it everything they had, and came away victorious against Williamstown (finished 7th).
“Alex Hadden never ceases to amaze me as one of the two youngest players in the region (HC’s Isaac Klempner being the other), and shoots an 89 to become the youngest player to ever join the All-Conference Team.
“These boys have been at the club nearly every day working on their games and it shows. Tyler Tingle and Shayn Strong have only been playing for two months and their improvements are nothing short of amazing. They all have heart and the desire to succeed. I’m just happy they are enjoying the game.”
Coach Krebs was appreciative of the help he has received since the arrival of his first child. “My assistant coach, Steve Allen has been a huge help to me in my time of learning how to be a father and Mount and Sheila Hadden and the Klempner family have helped out greatly with transporting the kids as my responsibilities at the club have kept me from the away matches,” he said.
Allen echoed Krebs’ sentiments adding that the parents have been helpful in other ways with such a young team. “I would also like to thank the parents, not only for transporting the boys, but for being there on the course and helping keep an eye on them,” he said. “It is very helpful when you get spread out on the course.
Krebs, who is the golf professional at Henry County Country Club, also was excited about how the tournament played out. “The 2012 NCKC was a great tournament for the regional talent,” he said. “These kids nowadays are amazing in both their skills and their golf etiquette. Walton-Verona has a tough boys team that I believe will do some damage at regionals and the girls from Owen County look to be serious contenders for the state title. And what about MacKenzie Peyton? Congratulations to her for conference “Player of the Year” honors. Watching her play is nothing short of incredible. I wish her luck at Regionals and hope to see yet another title come to her and Henry County High School.”
Peyton wins Grant Tourney
The Lady Cats followed up the NCKC tournament with an impressive showing in the Tom Johnson Memorial Tournament at Grant County on Saturday. Peyton shot a 1-over-par 71 to win individual honors and lead the team to a fifth place finish in the 13-team field.
Hensley had an 86 followed by Clark with a 106 and Perkinson with a 130. Claire Young shot 166 but did not figure in the scoring.
The host Lady Braves edged Owen County by one stroke, 366-367, for first place.
Boys’ golf team falls to Collins
Against Collins on Sept. 13, the Wildcats fell 166-257.
Hadden led the team with a 52 followed by Klempner who shot 58, Connar Lyons who shot 72, Tingle who shot 74 and Strong who shot 91.
“Going into the match we knew we had the deck stacked against us,” Allen said. “We knew we were playing a tough team on a tough course. But everybody was excited to go. The course was tight and had a lot of hazards, but our boys played through it.
“Isaac hit into one hazard, took a couple of shots to get the ball up the hill and chipped it in! That’s a testament to how hard these boys play every match. They don’t give up.
“Even the Collins coach called out our two 5th graders on how good their short games are. He told Isaac that he wished his team had half his short game.
“That makes a coach very proud.”