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Comets golfers advance to Northwest Region Tourney

The Halifax County High School golf team did not achieve one of its two goals in Monday’s Western Valley District Championship Golf Tournament at Westlake Golf & Country Club in Hardy. But the Comets did achieve the most important one – qualifying for the Northwest Region Tournament as a team.

Regular-season champion Franklin County High School, which had already clinched one of the district’s two berths in the Northwest Region Tournament, scored a 10-shot victory over the Comets in the district championship tournament.

With Franklin County High School having already locked up a berth in the Northwest Region Tournament, the Comets were able to qualify with their second-place finish.

“Our goal going into the tournament was to win the championship,” said Comets Head Coach David Graham.

“But, the big thing was that we wanted to make sure we were able to qualify for the Northwest Region Tournament as a team.

This marks the second year in a row that the Comets golf team has qualified for the Northwest Region Tournament as a team.

“I think that says a lot for our program,” Graham pointed out.

“With the help of our junior varsity program and the great effort that Charlie Payne makes with the middle school golf program, we hope to make qualifying for the Northwest Region Tournament a routine thing.

The Comets’ Cody Spencer had a big day, earning medalist honors with a season-best one-over-par round of 73. Spencer, who finished in a tie for second place in last year’s district tournament, took the lead with birdies on holes 13 and 16 and held on to edge Franklin County High School’s Kolton Cooper by two shots.

Both Spencer and freshman teammate Peter Gasperini were named to the All-Western Valley District Team. Spencer earned his all-district honor via his play during the regular season. Gasperini earned his spot on the all-district team as a result of his play in Monday’s district tournament.

Five spots on the all-district team were based upon regular-season play and five spots were based upon district tournament scores.

Spencer, with his round of 73, and Gasperini, with his round of 79, were the only Comets players to post sub-80 rounds in Monday’s tournament. Those scores, along with a round of 84 from Tyler Holt and a round of 87 from Josh Irby, were the four scores that were counted toward the Comets’ team total of 323.

The round of 323 was one of the worst rounds posted by the Comets this season.

“We didn’t play all that well,” Graham noted.

“But, we played well enough to advance to the Northwest Region Tournament.”

The Comets will get another crack at the Westlake Golf & Country Club course as the course will host Tuesday’s Northwest Region Tournament, which will begin at 9:30 am.

The top two teams from Tuesday’s Northwest Region Tournament will advance to the Group AAA state tournament. The top six individual finishers that are not among the players of the top two teams will also qualify for the state tournament.

“Our goal is to shave 10 to 12 shots off of our score,” Graham said.

“If we can do that, I think we will have a shot at qualifying for the state. Some of our players didn’t show real well, and we will sit down and discuss it and get to work on the things we need to work on to try to improve for the Northwest Region Tournament.”


FRANKLIN COUNTY - 313: Kolton Cooper 75*, Landon Prillaman 78*, Casey Fenner 79*, Jeremy Lester 81*, Josh Harkema 81, Greg Holley 89

HALIFAX COUNTY - 323: Cody Spencer 73*, Peter Gasperini 79*, Tyler Holt 84*, Josh Irby 87*, Dillon Puryear  88, Ryan Green 98

PATRICK HENRY - 349: Elijah Tackett 78*, Hill Donihe 83*, Blake Brown 94*, James Frankl 94*, Joe Jarvis 101, Taylor Martin 106

GW DANVILLE - 378: Lyndsey Harris 101*, Sarafina Sampson 89*, Andrew Adams  97*, Gray  Hughes 91*, Connor Wood 103, Amar Pittman 120

WILLIAM FLEMING – No Score: Drannan Altizer 121, Corey Craft 151,

*Counting score

All Western Valley

District Team

From Regular-Season: Elijah Tackett (PH), Cody Spencer (HC), Kolton Cooper (FC), Jeremy Lester (FC), Blake Brown (PH)

From WVD Tournament: Peter Gasperini (HC), Landon Prillaman (FC), Josh Harkema (FC), Casey Fenner (FC), Hill Donihe (PH)

Northwest Region Teams

Franklin County, Halifax County

Individual Qualifiers for the Northwest Region Tournament

From Regular-Season: Elijah Tackett (PH), Blake Brown (PH), Joe Jarvis (PH)

From WVD Tournament: Hill Donihe (PH), Sarafina Sampson (GW)

Gray Hughes (GW)