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Comets Linksters Win Battle For Second Place

It was a tough run, but the Halifax County High School golf team won its battle against Patrick Henry High School for second place in the final Western Valley District regular-season standings. The battle came down to Monday’s final regular-season district tournament at Roanoke Country Club, the home course of the Patrick Henry High School team, and the Comets edged the Patriots by one shot in the tournament.

As a result, the Comets emerged as the district’s regular-season runner-up, finishing the season with a 12-shot cushion over third-place finisher Patrick Henry High School.

Coy Lawson led the Comets in Monday’s tournament with a round of 79. T.J. Daniel was next in line with a round of 80. Cody Spencer’s round of 83 and a round of 88 from Tayler Tepper were the final two scores that counted towards the Comets’ team total.

Parker Harrell carded a round of 89 and Kaitlin Fallen, who also competed for the Comets, was listed as having withdrawn during the round.

Franklin County High School’s Josh Neal earned medalist honors for the tournament with his round of 73.

Holding a large lead in the team standings entering Monday’s season finale, Franklin County High School once again topped the field.

The Eagles tallied a team total of 314 in Monday’s round, their worst team score among the five regular-season district tournaments. Still, that number was 16 shots better than the 330 total posted by Halifax County High School and 17 shots better than the 331 total posted by Patrick Henry High School.

GW of Danville finished fourth Monday with a 344 team total. William Fleming High School posted a 425 team total, making it the best round of the season for the Colonels thus far.

In the final district team standings, Franklin County High School finished with a team total of 1,520, a mark that is 99 shots ahead of the Comets’ season team total of 1,619.

Patrick Henry was third with a 1,631 total and GW finished fourth with a 1,881 total. William Fleming did not have a team total as it did not field an entire team for one of the district contests.

The most important tournament of the season looms ahead for the Comets next week. Franklin County High School will host the Western Valley District Championship Tournament, tentatively on Wednesday, with the tournament winner and tournament runner-up advancing to the Northwest Region Tournament.