- Last Updated on 12:22 PM 04/23/12
- BY Joe Chandler
Ten years have passed since a Halifax County High School golf team has qualified to compete in the Northwest Region Tournament.
That, in part, makes this a special occasion for the Comets golf team as it prepares for the Northwest region Golf Tournament that will be played Wednesday and Thursday at The Piedmont Club in Haymarket.
The Comets earned Halifax County High School’s first team berth in the Northwest Region Tournament in 10 years last week with a second-place finish behind winner Franklin County High School in the Western Valley District Championship Tournament.
“It’s a great feeling,” remarked Comets senior Coy Lawson, who will be making his second appearance in the Northwest Region Tournament.
“It was good team effort this year. Everybody has worked hard.”
One of Lawson’s teammates, T.J. Daniel, will also be making his second appearance in the Northwest Region Tournament. Tayler Tepper, Cody Spencer, Kaitlin Fallen and Blake Jones, taking the place of Parker Harrell who is unable to compete, will also compete for the team in the tournament.
Lawson pointed out that the team’s success this season has resulted from everyone doing their part.
“It’s not like there have been just a few people that went out there and shot tremendous rounds all of the time,” Lawson pointed out.
“Cody, T.J., Parker and Tepper have all come in and helped us in the clutch a few times. It has just been a a good team effort.”
Daniel echoed that sentiment, noting the overall team effort in last week’s Western Valley District Championship Tournament.
“If one person had played badly, we wouldn’t have been able to go (to the Northwest Region Tournament),” Daniel pointed out.
“It’s been a team effort, everybody stepping up and helping. Everybody has played well when they have needed to.
“It (qualifying to compete in the Northwest Region Tournament) feels good for the whole team,” added Daniel.
“Everyone did a good job and I think everyone should be proud of this.”
Cody Spencer, one of the Comets golfers making their first appearance in the Northwest Region Tournament, said there is a lot of excitement among the players about having the opportunity to compete in the Northwest Region Tournament.
“It’s really exciting going to the regionals for the first time,” Spencer remarked.
“I’m just trying to not be nervous and play the best I can. It seems like there is a lot more pressure on you (as compared to the district tournament).”
Comets head coach David Graham said he is happy that his golfers have the opportunity to compete in the Northwest Region Tournament.
“We had two goals this season,” Graham said, “one to finish in the top two in the district and the other to make the regional tournament. All of the players have been working hard to do this. They deserve everything good that has come to them up to now.”
Graham would like nothing better than to see his team do well and emerge among the frontrunners in the Northwest Region Tournament. The big thing, though, is for all of the players, especially the underclassmen that will return next year, to get the experience of playing in the tournament.
“I just want them to go up there and have some fun,” Graham said.
“Who knows what might happen. When you reach this level, anything is possible. I think the icing on the cake would be if one or more of our players or the team as a whole qualifies for the state tournament.”
While Graham is focused on this tournament, he is also looking down the road. With Lawson being the lone senior among the six players that will compete in this week’s tournament, Graham is looking at the benefits that the experience of playing in the Northwest Region Tournament will have for his returning players next season.
“We want to get a good experience out of it this year, and, who knows what might happen next year,” Graham said.
“Next year, the goals will go up a lot higher. I think next year we can put our sights on winning the district. We have some good freshmen coming in from the middle school golf team, which won its conference championship this year.
“Our junior varsity program did well this year,” added Graham.
“We played six matches and won three of them, which I think is a good record. We’ve got to take one thing at a time, but I think we can set our sights a little higher next year.”