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PLAYING THROUGH: This ‘n’ that

The experts tell us the perfect shot in golf is the hole-in-one shot that makes everyone cheer when they hit it or see it.

If that is the case, Halifax County had two perfect shots Monday, one at Green’s Folly Golf Course and one at Halifax Country Club.

The first occurred right after lunch on No. 5 at Green’s Folly when up-and-coming star Peter Gasperini made his first-ever hole-in-one with a great shot that went by the hole and spun back in.

For young Peter, it was a perfect shot to cap off a great run this summer that has seen him play on the road and at home and post some pretty impressive scores. He will lead a Comets golf squad this fall that has potential to make some noise in the new Piedmont District, and hopefully beyond. More on this later.

The second perfect shot occurred around 6 p.m. Monday when David Taylor aced No.16 at Halifax Country Club. That hole-in-one was also his first, according to reports. I do not know David, but congratulations on your perfect shot and may both of you have many more.

Two more local golfers put some low numbers on the board Sunday at the two local courses.

Jimmy Clay had nine birdies and no bogeys, and shot 63 at the Folly. It could have been much better as he left several putts on the lip for birdie and two short putts for eagle.

At Halifax Country Club, W.J. Long put together a nice 6-under par 64, and his game is coming together at the right time. Long, with his distance, can put together some low numbers if he can keep it in play.

With this rainy weather that has pounded Southside the past month, the roughs at both courses are a monster, and is tough to play out of. It is thick, and when the golf ball hits in it, it settles in and you have to go down and get it if you want to get it out.

The other side of the coin, of course, would be dry weather with heat, and we would not have any grass. Then, as all golfers do, we would be complaining about that.

The 37th Masonic District will be hosting its 8th annual golf tournament to be played at Green’s Folly Golf Course on Friday, Aug. 16.

The tournament is open to everyone, and they will have two tee times of 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. The cost is $50 per player or $200 per team. It is a Captain’s Choice format with longest drive and closest-to-the-pin prizes awarded also.

Lunch will be served to the players from 11 a.m. until 1p.m. You may contact Bob Turkington at 434-446-6273, Rick Hudson at 434-517-0857 or John Ambrose at 434-454-6472. Get your team together and help a great bunch of guys that really help the local community.

Green’s Folly Golf Course is starting a match play championship for men that will feature handicap and regular play. The deadline for sign-up is July 15, and the sign-up sheet is on the board at the golf course.

When you sit around the courses after a round or are just wasting a little time, you can hear a lot of things, some, of course, that are not printable.

Some of the major topics involve rules, and it seems everyone is an expert. But, in reality, that’s not true.

Since both clubs in the county are now members of the VSGA, it would be nice if the powers that be could put together a rules clinic that the VSGA participates in. I have attended several and they are very helpful and informative. 

The rules are not made to hurt the golfer, but instead, to help them when questions or rulings arise.

Halifax Country Club will be having its annual men’s Member-Member Golf Tournament next weekend, and again, the sign-up sheets are on the board in the clubhouse.

By the time you get this, the July 4  holiday will have passed, but I would still like to wish you a happy one. Also, I want to give a shout-out to birthday babies Dennis Witt and my two special ones, Connie Pate and Dori Cole.

I hope everyone enjoys what is left of the holiday. If you play, make sure you keep plenty of liquids in your body and hit them long and straight.

Next week, I’ll take a look ahead for the summer and fall. Have a great one.