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Burton repeats sweep of two club championships

Kay Burton mentioned after her win in the Green’s Folly Golf Course championships two weeks ago she needed to work on her game if she stood a good chance of winning the Halifax Country Club championships on Sunday.

The extra work must have paid off with Burton completing her second sweep in a row of both the Halifax Country Club and Green’s Folly Golf Course ladies championships and her third overall.

Burton won by six strokes over Millie Witt in the Championship Flight, with Rita Compton winning the First Flight in a playoff over Betty Caldwell.

Second Flight honors went to Sharon Scott, who won by five strokes over Carolyn Young.

A total of 16 golfers played in the Halifax Country Club championships, including Halifax County High School golf team members Anna Carole Cole and Lauren Spencer.

Burton now owns six Halifax Country Club ladies championships, her first coming in 2004.  She also won in 2005, 2006, 2008 and 2011 before this year.

Inclement weather on Saturday made it a one-day tournament, but that really didn’t affect her play, Burton said.

“I think everybody was fine about playing one day,” said Burton.

“It just didn’t give us time to recover, if you had a bad day, to recoup the next day.

“Two days probably would have been better, but we didn’t get that choice.”

Burton got off to good start and was four strokes ahead of Witt heading into hole nine. 

“I should have birdied the first hole, but I missed the putt because the putting is so slow here, but I parred the hole, and that’s always good,” she noted.

“I was up by four strokes coming into nine, and I screwed up my second shot.  Millie had a birdie, and that put me up by one shot going into ten.”

The back nine proved to be the difference in the match, with Burton maintaining enough of a cushion to hold Witt off down the stretch.

“Millie played well today,” Burton pointed out.  “I screwed up on a few holes and could have had a better score, but all in all she played a good game.

“I probably could have done a couple of strokes better.”

Witt birdied holes nine and ten, had a triple on hole 11 and had three doubles in her round on Sunday.

“It’s probably not my best tournament but my best one in a while,” Witt pointed out.

“I rather enjoyed the one-day tournament.  Of course, two rounds give you a better chance, but I stayed with her on the front.”

On the back nine, Witt said she went a little “nuts.”

“I sort of got back into it the last couple of holes and pulled it out,” Witt added.

“I’m very much happy with the way I played.”

Burton tried not to think about the chances for a sweep during her round, but it still crept into the back of her mind.

“It feels great, kind of unbelievable,” she said.

“You try not to think about it when you’re out there, and have to play hole-by-hole, but its really hard not to think, ‘If I win this, it will be two years in a row.’

“You just have to not think about it and play golf.”