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Lions golf team wraps up 8-0 season with conference title

The Halifax County Middle School golf team, behind a solid showing among its top six finishers, wrapped up an 8-0 season and Southside Middle School Conference regular season title Monday with a 193-218 win over Park View at Green’s Folly Golf Course.  Matthew Ratliff led all golfers with a score of 45, while Jamey Binner and Kaleb Cole each had a 48.

Paul Edmunds had a 52, Leggett Moore a 56 and Alec Mitchell a 59, with the lowest four scores counting toward the total team score.

We won the conference, but we have to win the tournament,” said Lions’ coach Charlie Payne.

“The kids worked hard, and we had a new man up today who has worked hard, Paul Edmunds.

“These scores are better, so we’re not disappointed today, and it’s a good day for Halifax Middle School golf.”

It felt good to win the regular season championship, but Ratliff agreed with Payne the season could only be completely successful if the Lions win the conference tournament.

The key to winning the regular season title was “practice hard every day and put it into play,” said Ratliff after the match.

The key to his round Monday was not to get rattled after a bad shot, he added.

“If you hit a bad shot, make it up on the next shot,” Ratliff explained.

“I didn’t putt good today, but everything else came in.”

The tournament is the important thing, and nothing else matters, noted Ratliff, adding he and his teammates would be practicing hard in the days up to the conference tournament, scheduled for Sept. 27 at Powhatan.