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Comets close to lead in district golf play

The Halifax County High School golf team all but had its hands on a pot of gold. Halifax County appeared to have its first Western Valley District regular-season tournament win in many years in hand as the last group of players made its way towards the final hole Tuesday at Green’s Folly Golf Course.

But, the win slipped away.

Franklin County High School’s sixth player, Casey Fenner, playing in the final group of players, carded a round of 73 to earn medalist honors and dash the Comets’ bid for a win.

Fenner’s round gave Franklin County High School a team total of 316, a number good enough to give the Eagles a one-shot win in the first of five scheduled regular-season district tournaments.

While there was some disappointment among the Comets players, Comets Head Coach David Graham said the team had nothing to be disappointed about.

“I’m not disappointed at all,” Graham said.

“I’ll take a 317 and let the others shoot at it any day. If they beat us at 317, they just played better than we did.”

Fenner’s round of 73 not only gave Franklin County High School the win, it also took away medalist honors from Comets senior Cody Spencer. Spencer carded a round of 74 to lead his team’s effort.

Other scores that counted towards the Comets’ team total included a round of 80 by junior Tyler Holt, a round of 81 from sophomore Joey Gasperini and a round of 82 from junior Ryan Green.

Dillon Puryear and Josh Irby turned in identical rounds of 83. The four best scores from among the six players for each team were counted toward the team total.

“It was an excellent day and we had some good scores,” Graham pointed out.

“This lets our kids know that competition-wise we can compete with one of the best teams in the Northwest Region.

Being one shot back with four district matches to go is a pretty good position to be in. I think we’re going to get better.

This should give us a bunch of confidence going into the rest of the season.”

Patrick Henry High School of Roanoke finished third, 18 shots behind the Comets with a 335 total. GW of Danville rounded out the four-team field with a 391 total.

The next Western Valley District regular-season tournament is scheduled for Monday at Franklin County High School’s home course in Rocky Mount.

Results
Franklin County – 316
Kolton Cooper – 41-42-83
Landon Prillaman – 39-39-78
Jeremy Lester – 41-41-82
Corey Davis – 41-44-85
Josh Harkema – 43-40-83
Casey Fenner – 35-38-73

Halifax County – 317
Cody Spencer – 34-40- 74
Dillon Puryear – 41-42-83
Josh Irby – 42-41-83
Joey Gasperini – 40-41-81
Tyler Holt – 36-44-80
Ryan Green – 43-39-82

Patrick Henry – 335
Elijah Tackett – 39-39-78
Hill Donike – 43-43-86
Joe Jarvis – 40-42-82
Blake Brown – 43-46-89
Taylor Martin – 42-49-91
Thomas Vance – 49-43-92

GW Danville – 391
Lyndsey Harris – 47-45-92
Sarafin Sampson – 42-46-88
Andrew Adams – 47-53-100
Omar Pittman – 54-62-116
Gray Hughes – 52-59-111