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Comets golfer falls shy in state qualifier

Golfers know one bad hole can be costly, especially in tournament play. Halifax County High School senior Kaitlin Fallen knew that lesson well heading into Monday’s Virginia High School League Girls Open Zone Qualifier golf tournament here at Green’s Folly Golf Course.

The bitter lesson hit hard early in her round.

Fallen hit her tee shot into the water on the par-three second hole and took a triple-bogey on the hole. Park View High School senior T.J. Baskerville birdied the hole, making a five-shot swing between the two golfers.

Despite getting her game back on track quickly, Fallen never fully recovered, carding a round of 90 for the day and finishing third, missing qualifying for next week’s VHSL Girls State Open Golf Tournament in Williamsburg by four strokes.

“Even though I came in third, I feel like I did better than I have been,” Fallen said.

“You’ve got to come back from those holes where you want to break your club and quit. There were a few putts I could have made and didn’t. That would have helped. Other than that, we were pretty close.”

Baskerville went on to win Monday’s tournament with her round of 82. GW senior Lyndsey Harris came in with a round of 86 to
finish second and claim the final qualifying spot for the state tournament.

For Baskerville, taking medalist honors and earning a berth in the state tournament was a nice accomplishment as she closes out her final season of high school golf.

“This is very big,” she remarked.

“I’m glad I made it in my fourth year. It’s a good way to end my senior year.”

The Park View High School golfer felt she turned in a good effort.

“It wasn’t my best, but it was enough,” Baskerville said of her round.

“I thought I was hitting the ball solid. I didn’t chip as well, and I didn’t sink as many putts as I’d like to, but I feel I played pretty well.”

Harris was ecstatic about having earned a berth in the state tournament.

“Qualifying for the state tournament is crazy,” she said with a laugh.

“My season wasn’t the best it could have been. I’m really excited.”

Three other Halifax County High School golfers joined Fallen in competing in the tournament. Lauren Spencer, Anna Carole Cole and Lindsey Arthur, all freshmen, competed in the tournament.

“It was a good effort,” said Comets Head Coach David Graham.

“Kaitlin had one bad hole, and other than that, she played pretty solid the rest of the round. The other kids are young and this was their first time playing in a tournament of this nature and I know they were very nervous. But, they hung in there, finished and came off of the course with a smile.

“They got to play with some really good older girls, and, hopefully, they gained some experience by watching and seeing how they play,” added Graham.

“Hopefully, this experience will help them get ready to play next year.”

Graham said he is optimistic that Halifax County High School and Green’s Folly Golf Course may possibly have the opportunity to host this tournament again next year.

“We thank Chris Dockrill and everyone at Green’s Folly Golf Course for their support this season and for allowing us the opportunity to host the tournament,” Graham said.

“I hope we will get the opportunity to host it again next year and have many more girls compete.”