North Hopkins girls’ Darnell leads Lady Maroons to second

Photo by Alan Warren, Messenger-Inquirer/

Madisonville North-Hopkins’ Shelby Darnell hits her tee shot on the No. 12 tee box during the girls golf match Monday at Ben Hawes Golf Course.

The Owensboro Catholic girls’ golf team defeated Daviess County, Muhlenberg County and Madisonville North-Hopkins on Monday. Catholic scored 174, barely getting by North, who finished second with 180.

DC finished third with 201 and Muhlenberg fi nished last with 221.

The Lady Aces were lead by Abby Greenwell, who shot a 39, which was the second-best score overall. Catholic also added strong performances from Emily Lyons and Emma Payne, who shot 43 and 44.

Catholic coach Stacey Schepers said Greenwell did really well and had several birdies. Overall, Schepers was happy with how all of her girls performed.

“We’re pretty consistent,” Schepers said. “We’re shooting about the same that

we always do.”

North’s Shelby Darnell led all golfers with a 34. Alexa Chander shot a 43 and Kaitlyn Zieba shot a 45.

“She’s probably one of the better players in the state,” said Lady Maroons’ coach Sam Westfall regarding Darnell. “I’d say she’s probably top fi ve if not the best player in the state.”

Darnell was voted second-team AllState by Golf House Kentucky and the Kentucky Junior Golf Foundation last year.

Addison Heady shot a 44 to lead DC. Holly Holton shot a 50, good for second on the team, and Emilee Clark shot a 53.

Lady Panthers’ coach Rachel Lindow said her young team, which consists of one high schooler and the rest being eighth-graders, has improved since their last match.

“As they mature and get a little bit more muscle on them they’ll hit the ball a lot farther,” Lindow said. “Patience along the green will come as well.”

Whitlee Stovall led Muhlenberg County with a 50. Tanner Robards shot a 52 and Meredith Mayes shot a 53.

The match was delayed shortly after the start due to rain.

“It’s hard because you get tight,” said Lady Mustangs’ coach Tommy Drury regarding the effect the delay has on the golfers.

“You just got to buckle down and try and get as loose as you can swinging the club so that you can get back into some kind of rhythm.”

Luckily all schools were able to continue on after the delay and finish before the sun went down.

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