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HCHS downs Walton

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HCHS girls golf

By Greg Woods

 sports@hclocal.com

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The Henry County Lady Cats hosted Walton-Verona in a match that was unusual in a couple of ways Sept. 6.

Both teams had a player missing for the match due to illness so the coaches decided to score as a three-person match rather than the usual four-person match. It was also very cool and windy for an early-September day with temperatures in the lower 60s and the wind blowing hard from the northwest.

The Lady Cats powered through the tough conditions to beat the Lady Bearcats 147 to 163.

Nikki Perkinson led the way with a 44, Carleigh Peyton shot 50 and Hannah Marowelli shot 53.

The Lady Cats’ top golfer missed the match due to illness.

HCHS Coach Barney Sutley said that the match served as a chance for his golfers to try to be innovative on the course.

“The team has been told that that these matches are to be used as practice rounds and to try things they normally wouldn’t try in a tournament,” Sutley said. “Nikki did a great job of learning that lesson today by putting it in play on the 18th hole when she attempted to take a short cut to the green. I like that sort of risk taking and willingness to try new things when appropriate. It will lead to playing more boldly when it comes tournament time next week and beyond.”

He was also pleased with the temperament displayed by Perkinson.

“I was also happy with Nikki’s ability to handle a day where everything went wrong,” Sutley said. “Sometimes golf will do that to you and she responded appropriately today.”

Marowelli also impressed her coach.

“I really like the way Hannah stopped fighting the process and tried to play golf instead of ‘golf swing,’” Sutley said. “She focuses too much on technical aspects of the swing when she plays. This is not a way to lower scores. In this match she really worked not to be technical and to just play golf. I believe that it showed in her results.”

The Lady Cats hosted Owen, Gallatin and Carroll counties on Thursday and did not have a team score as Henley was still absent due to illness.

Owen won the event with a score of 181, Carroll was second with a score of 217 and Gallatin finished third with a score of 247.

Perkinson shot 43, Peyton carded a 45 and Marowelli shot 59.

“Carleigh played pretty well,” Sutley said. “She matched her best round. The highlight in my eyes was that every time she followed our pre-shot progression, she was hitting quality golf shots.”

The Lady Cats have one more match with Gallatin this week before closing out the regular season with the NCKC tournament and the West Jessamine Invitational.