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Lions Golfers Win Conference Tourney

After wrapping up the regular season title, there was one more goal remaining for the Halifax County Middle School golf team – win the Southside Middle School Conference Tournament.

Win it they did.

Halifax County finished with a team score of 181 on a tough Amelia golf course, 17 strokes ahead of defending tournament champion Central Middle School (198).

The lowest four scores from each team counted toward the total score at the conference tournament.
Ryan Powell shot a 42 to lead his team, while Peter Gasperini and Hunter Watts each carded a 46, Joey Gasperini a 47, Josh Irby a 50 and Chase Wilkerson a 62 for the Lions.

Powhatan was third with a total score of 200, and Bluestone and Park View each had a team total of 211 to tie for fourth-place.

Macey Mills shot a 44 to lead Bluestone and Christian Mousier and Brandon Lewis each carded a 48 to lead Park View.

It was an outstanding week for scholastic golf in Halifax County, according to Lions golf coach Charlie Payne.

“It was a big week for high school and middle school golf, from Parker Harrell’s 82 and the high school team making the regional tournament, to us going unbeaten and winning the conference tournament,” Payne said.

“It says a lot about golf in this county, and the future is as bright as the days when golfers like Jimmy Clay and Brad Mele were playing at the high school.”

Payne said he and his fellow coaches had predicted a team total of 190 would be good enough to win Thursday’s tournament, considering the difficulty of the golf course.

“The greens are very small and the course is long, but it was evident from the start that our kids were focused,” said Payne, who stated at the beginning of the season that the 2009 team was the best ever to come through the middle school.

The players backed up their coach’s prediction.

“I said earlier that this is the best team the middle school’s ever had, and the wins and numbers back that up,” Payne pointed out.

The Lions will again be solid next year with a number of players who were sixth and seventh-graders this season, according to Payne.

“They will be exciting to watch and I feel we’ll be very competitive again,” said Payne, who noted the support given golf at both the middle and high schools as testament to the programs’ success.

“The high school program is successful because of the golfers, non-golfers, fans and parents, the Halifax Country Club Board of Directors, and Green’s Folly Golf Course, especially Chris Dockrill for what he does obtaining course privileges and everything else,” Payne noted.

“Over 40 kids participated in the high school and middle school golf programs this year, and that says a lot about the support given both programs.

“Good luck to coach (David) Graham and his team at the high school next week at the regionals.
“We can’t wait for the future and I promise it will be a most exciting year for middle school and high school golf.”

SMSC TOURNAMENT (AT AMELIA)

Team Scores (Lowest Four Count Toward Totals)
• Halifax (181): Ryan Powell 42, Peter Gasperini 46, Hunter Watts 46, Joey Gasperini 47, Josh Irby 50, Chase Wilkerson 62
• Central (198): Drew Jackson 40, Josh Johnson 51, Avery Luna 53, Aaron Brinkley 54, Derek Lee 55, Marc Hall 60
• Powhatan (200): Carter Biringer 49, Ryan Brinkley 49, Noah Bradshaw 51, Nick Ferbee 51, Katie Donofrio 54, Cody Mann 63
• Bluestone (211): Macey Mills 44, Justin Kidd 54, Matt Gilliland 54, Nick Colgate 59, Jay Dunn 60, Watt Pittard 61
• Park View (211): Christian Mousier 48, Brandon Lewis 48, Jacob Berryman 52, Kyler Todd 54, John Cranford 55, Tyler Billings 56
• Amelia (331): Will Morgan 47, Heather Wells 48, Bobby Dunn 51, Kristin Stevens 58, Hunter Dixon 58, Madison Atkins 69