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COLUMN: Play Through

What started as such a great weekend for the annual Two-Ball Tournament at Halifax Country Club turned sour on Sunday when the weather man hit it right on the number with rain.

 Ironically, just down the road in Clarksville, the Kinderton Country Club Member-Member Golf Tournament was only bothered by mist most of the day.

It was a great win for Brad Thomasson and Nick Lumsden as they beat Jimmy Clay and James Lewis in a sudden-death playoff that went four holes.

The one thing that makes it so special is that Nick will be leaving for the West Coast at the end of May for his job, and this could be the last event for him as a member at the club.

Halifax County is very lucky to have the type of young men and women that have been raised here, and Nick could be close to the top. The son of Chris and Linda Lumsden, Nick has always presented himself and his family in a first class manner, and is a tribute to the county for his sportsmanship and demeanor on the course and off.

Our hats are off to him, and we wish him well with his move and new challenges. Do not forget us young man, and come back and visit often.

The tournament was played honor of long-time club member Sam Lewis and Sam and his partner, George Burton, won third place in the Fourth Flight.

Congrats to all the participants, and especially for holding on in some of the worst conditions you can imagine on the course.

Greens Folly Golf Course will be hosting its annual Member-Member Golf Tournament this weekend, starting on Saturday and concluding Sunday afternoon.

Chris Young and Woody Clay are the defending champions and are paired together this year looking to defend their title.

Thirty-plus teams will start slugging it out at 9 a.m. Saturday with Rodney Burchette and Dan Shaw along with Bobby Murray and Ray Harman leading the way.

It is good to see Chris Dockerill back playing, and he is teamed with Richard Wentz. Chris has a habit as a no-show on some of his afternoon matches, but I am sure he will be here for this.

Jimmy Clay will be teamed with Robert Fallen, and I am sure he will be going hard after it after his playoff loss last weekend.

Please do not forget the upcoming the Second Annual American Legion Post 8 Golf Tournament to benefit the Post 8 baseball program. It will be played May 18, with shotgun starts at 8 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Persons wishing to enter a team or having a question may contact Jimmy Crews at 572-4778 or Wally Powell at 579-3443.

The Legion works hard to help promote baseball in the community. Most of these guys are veterans that helped promote our freedom in foreign lands. It would be a great way to say thanks by helping them help young men in our community.

The area’s latest rains have really helped the local courses green up, and it is making playing conditions a lot better for everyone.

There was a lot of trash talking over the weekend at the Two-Ball Tournament. If you want to see a standup comic in person, you must go by the clubhouse at HCC and see Robbie Harris. Not only will he keep you laughing, but his dry wit is second to none.

I understand Mr. Golf, Phil Rinker, has changed his name to The Player. He has always been a good golfer, but this new name does not fit him at all. I have several phone calls from Saturday night to prove it.

It was good to see Mike Hailey back from a visit to New York last week with his bride Loretta. Mike said he had a great time, and he was amazed at what a large and wide-open town it was.

I was really impressed with the way David Day and Sammy Puryear played last weekend. They shot 63-69 and that it is a great score for the third place finishers. It did not hurt that slamming Sammy had two eagles on Saturday.

I hope everyone has a great weekend and let us all hope that the guys at Greens Folly have good weather.

Play well, hit them straight and just remember, young people are watching, so play with sportsmanship. Have a great weekend.


Greens Folly 
G.C. Member/
Member tee times


9 a.m.

Rodney Burchette and Dan Shaw

Bobby Murray and Ray Harman


9:20 a.m.

Richard Wentz and Chris Dockerill

David Day and Sammy Puryear


9:30 a.m.

Guy Haskins and Donnie Elllington

June Hancock and Walter Robertson


9:50 a.m.

Kelly Puryear and Bob Blake

Lee Puryear and Dillon Puryear


10:10 a.m.

Bill Morningstar and Leonard Mitchel

Tom Wade and Doug Newcomb


10:20 a.m.

Carroll Soloman and Tony Roberts

Brian Medley and Jim Medley


10:30 a.m.

Brandon Harris and Kevin Haskins

Woody Clay and Chris Young


10:40 a.m.

Peter McCready and Chris Coleman

Billy Ford and Bill Robison


10:50 a.m.

Maurice Kent and Buddy Vaughan

Chuck Newcomb and Johnny Wilson


11:00 a.m.

Bobby Wilborn and Billy Henderson

Jeff Hardy and Kenneth Hardy


11:10 a.m.

Irvin Carter and Henry Murray

E.C. Lewis and Mike Hatcher


12:30 p.m.

Billy Payne and Larry Guill

Joe Watts and Jim Speer


12:40 p.m.

Casey Spencer and Dave Ashwell

Robert Fallen and Jimmy Clay


1 p.m.

Nookie Green and Ryan Green

Buck Weatherford and Scott Vaughan


1:10 p.m.

David Graham and Joel Cunningham