West finishes second

Graves County Lady Eagle Ellie West placed second at the Lady Eagle Invitational over the weekend, scoring a 72.

Graves County High School hosted the Lady Eagle Invitational golf tournament on Saturday, September 12, at Mayfield-Graves Country Club.

The weather delayed play for a brief period but the lady golfers hit the links and finished in record time.

The field was smaller than normal but the 44 area golfers competed in a KHSAA high school tournament.

The team tournament was won by Madison North Hopkins with a score of 320. They were followed by USJ from Jackson TN 330, McCracken County 336, and Graves County 346.

The individual portion of the tournament was won by Claire Henson, daughter of USJ coach and former Graves County High School golf standout Brian Henson. Henson shot a one under par 69.

She was followed by Graves County’s Ellie West 72, Madison Glisson of McCracken County 76, Katelyn Zeiba of Madison North Hopkins 76 and Rachel Hagen 76 of McCracken County.

Following the Lady Eagles’ solid showing, head coach Chuck Whitnell said he was proud of his teams’ effort despite less than ideal weather conditions.

“The tournament went well,’ Whitnell said. “We had COVID-19 limitations and restrictions that changed our normal format but Ellie and Sarah had personal bests in a high school tournament which is pretty impressive since we played half the round in the rain.”


Team: Graves County 346

Individual: Ellie West 72, Sarah Lyell 79, Macy Rodgers 89 and Ryleigh Smithson 105

Graves County will be back in action this Thursday as it hosts Ballard Memorial and Livingston Central.

Ellie West will be in special company this weekend as she has been invited to compete in the Kentucky Golf Coaches Association All State Championship at the University Club of Kentucky Golf Course.

Only the top individuals and teams in the state were invited to compete in this prestigious event.