Tribune-Courier News Editor
PADUCAH – The MCHS Lady Marshals finished fourth as a team, and sophomore Cayce Hendrickson placed in a four-way tie for third place among individuals, in the Paducah Tilghman Invitational Saturday at Paxton Park.
On the boys’ side, the Marshals ranked fourth and senior Travis Griffith placed fifth individually.
Lady Marshals coach Vince Doom said Hendrickson and freshman Bailey Tyree are setting the pace early in the season.
“They’re leaders with their score so far after two matches,” Doom said.
“If our seniors mature like our younger players, we have a good shot in the region, and possibly looking at a return to state.”
Hendrickson said the team has shed the individual mentality and all members are like a group of best friends.
“Individuality is not us,” Tyree said. “If one of us is not playing well, we know someone playing behind us will have a good game.”
Hendrickson said a full lineup of solid players sets Marshall County apart from other teams.
“I’m in tournaments about 10 months out of the year,” Hendrickson said. “I have that experience and hope to bring it to the team so they won’t be nervous. It’s experience that I draw on to play well when needed.”
Tyree said she plays a similar schedule. While being the youngest member of the team, she shares her experience to keep her teammates from experiencing anxiety.
“We all have our own strengths,” Hendrickson said. “That’s how we help each other out. Some girls hit long off the tee. Some have a short game that’s almost pro-quality. Then we have some some girls with awesome iron shots.”
While excelling on the course, Hendrickson and Tyree say academics remain a priority. Hendrickson is taking classes in AP chemistry and European history. She also runs track, serves on the student council and is in Future Business Leaders of America.
Tyree is in pre-AP algebra and English.
“I think if we practice our butts off, we have a chance of taking regionals and first place,” Hendrickson said. “It’s going to require a lot of work and all of us performing at our best.”
“I want to go out and have fun with every tournament,” Tyree said. “If not, it gets too serious and gets into our heads. The main thing is having fun.”
Doom said Paducah Tilghman and Calloway County present some of the toughest tests on the season’s schedule.
“If we play our game and focus on what we need to do, we’ll do well,” Doom said.
“We can’t worry about anyone else. If we stay focused, we have as much talent as anyone and will compete.”
The Lady Marshals totaled 340 in the Paducah tournament, behind Calloway County (311), Clarksville, Tenn. (316) and Henderson County (330).
Tilghman rounded out the top five at 349.
Anna Hack of Calloway County took medalist honors with a 69, three strokes ahead of Teri Doss of Tilghman.
Hendrickson finished in a group with Syndey Trimble of Heath, Megan Beane of Clarksville and Taylor Church of Henderson County at 74.
On the boys’ side, Griffith shot a 75 to lead the Marshals to a 319 team tally, just two strokes behind third-place Caldwell County, which was paced by medalist Daniel Taylor’s 69.
Graves County topped the boys’ team standings with 301, outpacing Lone Oak’s 310.
Crittenden County was fifth at 328.
In other matches last week:
n Caldwell County’s boys defeated Christian Fellowship 167-198 at Princeton Country Club on Monday.
n The MCHS girls won a tri-match against Heath and Lone Oak Tuesday at Benton Country Club. The winners totaled 160 to Lone Oak’s 205 and Heath’s 207.
On the boys’ side, the Marshals (150) defeated Heath (154) and Lone Oak (158).
n Marshall County swept boys’ and girls’ matches Thursday at Murray Country Club, the boys (163) topping Murray (165) and Hickman County (210) while the girls defeated Murray 170-183.
This week’s schedule includes CFS vs. Paducah Tilghman at Paxton Park this afternoon and Thursday action at South Highland Country Club in Mayfield Thursday. The boys take on Graves County and Lone Oak, while the girls battle Graves County’s Lady Eagles.
On Saturday, CFS competes in the All “A” Region 1 tournament at Silos Golf Club in Kevil.
MCHS’s schedule next week begins on Monday, with the Marshals meeting St. Mary at Calvert City Country Club and the Lady Marshals traveling to Mayfield Graves Country Club to play Mayfield.