When Apollo’s Macey Brown walked off the 18th green Tuesday at Windridge Country Club, she ran right into the arms of her dad as he stood just off of the cart path.
Brown had just carded a 72 to edge Daviess County’s Holly Holton by eight shots to win the 2020 City-County Tournament.
Brown said she knew what she had to do when she realized the title was hers.
“He’s my biggest supporter, he always has been,” she said. “He had to get the first hug. He’s always been there and he does everything for me so I really had to give him congratulations, too.”
But Brown wasn’t always the leader, as Holton led after the first day by two shots. Holton finished with an 80 as she led the Lady Panthers to the team title.
Tuesday was redemption in a way for Daviess County after they finished runner-up at the Lady Panthers’ own tournament earlier this season.
DC coach Logan Clark said their finish at City-County came at a good point in the season.
“This is a great way to slide into region time,” he said. “This is exactly what I was looking for. We’ve kind of had a little bit of a rollercoaster year. Had some good team scores and some bad team scores. I think we came alive right at the perfect time. We played really strong (Monday), could have played better today but obviously, I’m super happy with our performance. We played well overall.”
DC finished with a 354 to beat Owensboro Catholic, as the Lady Aces finished with a 424. Apollo took third overall and Owensboro finished fourth.
Clark said he wants them to notice how well they have the ability to shoot.
“I just want them to see that score yesterday, I want them to know we can go low,” he said. “I want them to know we can do this consistently. Honestly, our best scores have been our 18-hole scores. I want them to know they can do that and carry this mentality.”
Brown’s win was the second on the course this year but she didn’t let that change her mindset. She said when she won Tuesday, it was a lot to take in.
“I was very overwhelmed because of course, I was behind yesterday,” she said. “Holly played a great game. She played awesome yesterday. I really focused on playing my game and focusing on me.”
Abby Bahnick led the Aces with a 93 while Alexa Salamah was Owensboro’s low scorer with an 85.
1. Daviess County (354)
Holly Holton 80 (2nd)
Emilee Clark 88
Addison Heady 91
Hadleigh Hunter 95
2. Owensboro Catholic (424)
Abby Bahnick 93
RC Porter 104
Conleigh Osborne 106
Lainey Ann Osborne 121
3. Apollo (443)
Macey Brown 72 (1st)
Addison Carter 111
Alissa Perkins 129
Peyton Rust 131
4. Owensboro (475)
Alexa Salamah 85
Ellie Watson 127
Phoenix Barnett 129
Jasmine Tong 134