- Last Updated on 12:22 PM 04/23/12
- BY Joe Chandler
Halifax County High School golfer Kaitlin Fallen has earned a place in the school record book. Fallen has qualified to compete in the Virginia High School League’s Girls Open State Golf Tournament, which will be played Monday and Tuesday at Kempsville Greens Golf Course in Virginia Beach.
Fallen, a sophomore, will join other tournament participants for a practice round on Sunday and will then compete in the two-day tournament.
When she steps onto the golf course to begin play on Monday, Fallen will become the first female member of the Halifax County High School golf team to compete in the state tournament.
Former Comets golfer Suzanne Stevens qualified to compete in the tournament, but did not compete.
“It’s pretty exciting,” Fallen said.
“I really don’t know what to expect. This past summer I played in the State Junior Girls Open for the second year in a row. I guess it will be similar to that.”
Fallen had applied to qualify for the tournament. However, when the Comets golf team qualified for the Northwest Region Golf Tournament, she automatically became eligible to compete in the state tournament.
Up to 72 female high school golfers will participate in next week’s tournament.
Fallen says it is an honor to become the first female golfer at Halifax County High School to compete in the state tournament. She also admits to being a little nervous.
“I’m a little nervous now,” she remarked.
“I’ll probably be a lot more nervous once I get there.”
Fallen says she has not set any goals for the tournament.
“I’m going to try to do a lot better than I did in the Northwest Region Tournament,” she pointed out.
“I’m just going to try to play the best I can, keep a cool head, and not get mad at myself.”
Comets head golf coach David Graham says he is very pleased Fallen has this opportunity to compete on the state level.
“The girls state tournament is just as big as the boys state tournament,” Graham pointed out.
“Kaitlin has done a good job this year and I’m very pleased she is able to have this opportunity to compete. This makes the good season we had this year even better.” Graham said the opportunity to compete in the state tournament will help Fallen prepare for next season.
“Playing in the girls state tournament gives her two to three days of experience in competing at the next level,” he said.
“The level of the competition is going to be very good. This experience is going to help her. I think Kaitlin and all of the players that will be back next year, having competed at the regional level this year, now better understand what they need to do to improve so that we can be a better team next year.”