- Last Updated on 12:22 PM 04/23/12
- BY Joe Chandler
The Halifax County Middle School golf team has taken one big step this season with an additional and more important step to follow. Facing Park View Middle School here at Green’s Folly Golf Course in the final regular-season match, the Lions prevailed 173-206 and wrapped up the regular-season Southside Middle School Conference championship.
“This (winning the regular-season championship) is important,” said Lions coach Charlie Payne, “but we’ve got to focus on the conference championship tournament. That’s the one that really counts.”
Monday’s regular-season finale was a big contest for the Lions. Park View Middle School entered the match having sustained only one previous loss in conference competition.
The Lions, who entered the match unbeaten, needed to win in order to secure sole possession of the regular-season title and got the victory.
Joey Gasperini and Peter Gasperini carded identical rounds of 42 in the nine-hole match contested on the back nine holes of Green’s Folly Golf Course to lead the Lions’ effort.
Hunter Watts followed with a round of 43 and Chase Wilkerson’s round of 46 was the final score to be counted towards the Lions ‘ team total.
Also competing in the match for the Lions were Ryan Powell and Josh Irby, both of whom carded a round of 48.
Only the four best scores among six designated players are counted towards the team total.
Other Lions players that took to the course Monday and their scores were Alex Tepper (43), Jamie Morgan (46), Chase Oakes (47) and Kelly Anderson (51).
“I am very proud of our players,” Payne said.
“We have a lot of players that played well and have been playing well for us. Alex Tepper played well, Jamie Morgan played well, and Chase and Kelly played well. Robert Guthrie, another eighth-grader, has played well this season. Our eighth-graders have done well this year.”
Payne said the team’s focus now must turn to the conference championship tournament, which will be played at Amelia on October 1.
“That’s going to be a big tournament for us,” Payne said.
“We’re going to have to play really well in order to win. That golf course is a hard golf course. That is going to be a situation where the golf course can beat them, more than anything else. It’s up and down and has small greens. It’s a tough course to play.
“We’re going to work hard to be ready,” added Payne.
“We’re going to have to have a lot of focus and we must be focused that day if we’re going to play well. If we’re focused and perform like we’re capable of performing, I think we’ll have as good a chance as anybody to win.”