- Last Updated on 12:22 PM 04/23/12
- BY The Gazette-Virginian
The recent win streak by Halifax Country Club in the annual County Cup Golf Tournament has not set particularly well with the contingent at Green’s Folly Golf Course.
Halifax Country Club made it a clean sweep last year, winning the men’s title, the ladies title and the senior title.
Last year’s win by the HCC men’s team gave it two straight wins and wins in three of the last four years. The HCC ladies made it three wins in a row with their victory last year.
For the HCC seniors, their win last year marked the first time that a HCC senior team had won in six years. It was also only the second time since the senior program was started that a HCC senior team had won.
That bit of recent history gives the Green’s Folly teams an extra measure of determination going into the 19th Annual County Cup Golf Tournament, which begins Saturday at 8 a.m. at Halifax Country Club.
The two men’s competitions will conclude Sunday at Green’s Folly. The ladies will tee it up at Green’s Folly on Saturday and finish on Sunday at Halifax Country Club.
“We’re looking forward to it,” Green’s Folly team captain Jimmy Clay said.
“This is probably the best team we’ve had in a couple of years. All of the guys are pumped up and are playing a lot of golf. We’re looking forward to a good result for us.”
This year’s Green’s Folly men’s team is a team that has a good number of players with previous County Cup experience. In addition to Clay, the team includes David Graham, Chris Young, Richard Harrell, David Day and Sammy Puryear.
The team also includes Chris Melvin, Mike Gregory, Woody Clay, Kevin Haskins, Tommy Daniel and Scott Martin.
Green’s Folly’s ladies team is also a solid team and includes captain Brenda Graham, Linda Collier, teenager Kaitlin Fallen who is a member of the Halifax County High School golf team and MaryAnn Womack.
Kay Burton, Sherry Melvin, Janet Johnson, Paigie Allnutt, Jeanette Jones, Linda Clay and Kitty Hawkins, Mattie Cowan, Lanier Moore and Leslie Hughes round out the ladies team roster.
The Green’s Folly senior team includes Sam Moser, Peter McCready, Bill Marable, Bill Robinson and Billy Ford.
Team members also include Joe Gasperini, Jim Speer, Charlie Payne, Billy Payne, Walter Robertson, June Hancock and William Murray.
“We’ve got a good team, a team that is solid from top to bottom,” Clay said.
“We have Kevin Haskins and Chris Young back, which means a whole lot. Chris is playing a lot of good golf and Kevin is playing well. We’re going to throw a few wrenches into the thing this year. We’re going to mix a few things up.”
Clay says the team is not feeling pressured entering this weekend’s event.
“We don’t feel any pressure,” Clay remarked.
“We feel good about it. We know what kind of team they’ve got. We know those guys are going to fight us to the bitter end, but we feel pretty good about it.”
The operative word for this weekend, Clay said, is patience.
“Patience is a virtue in this game,” Clay pointed out.
“We know where we have been beaten the last few years. You’ve got to have patience and that is what I’ve told these guys. We’ve got to be patient and take it one match at a time. Just because you lose one (match) it doesn’t mean that everybody is done.”
While there is a lot of competition in the County Cup Tournament, there is another important element to this weekend’ event – the fellowship between the team members and members of the two clubs.
“The other key thing in this is to go out there with the mindset that win or lose we’re going to have a good time,” Clay said.
“Those 12 guys over there (at Halifax Country Club) are good to us and we’re going to be good to them.
“This (the County Cup Tournament) is a great thing for golf,” Clay added.
“It’s a good thing for the community. A lot of people come out and support it. We enjoy it a lot.”