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Penley is JCHS 'ace' in the hole

By: Tim Chambers
Tomahawk Sports Editor
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The Johnson County golf team has had its ups and downs so far in 2015 but one Longhorn has made it a point to stay near the top. Isaiah Penley has elevated his game to all time high and the rising junior is hoping to get even better on the links.
He took the low medalist honors at Warriors Path last week by shooting a 38, two better than Sullivan Central’s Tyler Jones.
It’s the second time in six matches he has gathered that honor.
“I’ve been playing good all season,” said Penley. I have done pretty well in five of our six matches. My goal has been to play in the high 30’s consistently. So far my average is 40.”
It’s been totally different for Penley this season. He’s being counted on to lead a very young and inexperienced squad. And so far he’s passed it with flying colors.
“We don’t have the experience on this team that we did my first two years,” added Penley. “But all them work hard and they’re improving.”
The Longhorns have made the regional tournament during his freshman and sophomore years. This time Penley could be eyeing some individual honors.
“I think that shooting in the low 80’s will get you in the regional,” said Penley. “One of my goals is to make the state tournament. It would take playing in the high 70’s to have a shot. That’s why it is so important to play well each time out.”
Not only does Penley excel on the links but he carries a 3.8 GPA in the classroom.
“They each go hand in hand,” said Penley. “I would love to have a chance to play at the college level so grades are important. I have so many things that I need to work on in the off-season. One of those is improving on my driving distance.”

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