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Comets golf team finishes 15th in tourney

Cody Spencer’s score of 80 led a contingent of five Comets golfers to a 15th-place finish among 23 teams at the Heritage Invitational Golf Tournament, held Monday at London Downs Golf Club in Forest. Dillon Puryear had a score of 82, Josh Irby a score of 84, Chase Oakes a score of 96 and Ryan Green a score of 98 for Halifax County, which finished with a total score of 342.

Salem High School won the invitational with a score of 304, and Western Valley District rival Franklin County had a total score of 332, good for ninth-place.

“It was a decent showing,” said Comets’ golf coach David Graham.

“We had three scores in the low 80s, which is what we expected, maybe a little better.

“We had four out of five kids seeing a golf course for the first time, two were sophomores and one was a junior, and it’s early in the year.

“We’re just trying to figure out who’s going to be our top-six, and we’ll take a few and go from there.”

Graham was hoping for a top-10 finish, and another score in the low 80s may have gotten his team there.

“There were some good teams and we were a little disappointed with our fourth score,” he explained.

“We needed another 80 to go with our top scores and then we may have had a nice top-10 finish.

“That’s what we were trying to do, get into the top-10, and if we’d have another 80 or 82 we could have done it.”

“I think we’re going to get better,” Graham noted.  “Dillon Puryear played better and Josh Irby just came off baseball, and I think he will get better.

“It wasn’t bad, and the good thing is I watched everybody play and saw some things we needed to work on.

“We had a very good practice today (Tuesday) and worked on some of those things, so it (Heritage Invitational) accomplished the purpose we wanted.”

Graham is taking 12 golfers to a non-district match at Randolph-Henry today, and that will give him a better idea of what he has approaching a district match Tuesday at Green’s Folly Golf Course.

“The good thing is we have some good kids back off vacation, we’ll see what they can do, and hopefully we’ll be at full strength Monday for qualifying,” said Graham.

“I’ll find out exactly what we’ve got, and I’m looking forward to it.”