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Comets golfers tie for 12th in tournament

The Halifax County High School golf team wasn’t at full strength in Monday’s annual Heritage High School Invitational Golf Tournament at London Downs Golf Club in Lynchburg but produced a solid result.

Halifax County High School recorded a 334 total, and finished in a tie for 12th place with Jefferson Forest High School in the 22-team tournament.

“I wasn’t disappointed,” said Comets Head Coach David Graham.

“That is about mid-pack. We don’t have our full team together yet. We still have some people away on vacation. We hope to get everybody together soon.”

Tyler Holt led Halifax County High School with a round of 78. Josh Irby followed with a round of 79. A round of 87 from Ryan Green and a round of 90 from Chase Oakes also counted toward the Comets’ team total.

Robert Guthrie also played for the Comets and turned in a round of 99.

“Tyler and Josh did well,” Graham said.

“Those scores were not bad. They have experience. The other kids need that tournament experience. I saw some good things from them. The 87 from Ryan and the 90 from Chase could have easily been an 82 or 83. Sometimes you actually play better than the score indicates.”

Korey Watts of James River High School in Buchanan and Hidden Valley High School freshman Kristin Hearp tied for medalist honors with four-under-par rounds of 68, with Watts winning medalist honors by winning the first playoff hole.

Cave Spring High School won the tournament for the third time in four years with a team total of 295. Mills Godwin High School of Richmond finished second, two shots back, with a 297. Salem High School finished third with a 298 total. James River High School finished fourth with a 304 total and Blacksburg High School completed the top five with a total score of 306.

Halifax County High School’s golf team will be back in action today, hosting Randolph-Henry High School in a nine-hole match that will begin at 3:30 p.m. at Green’s Folly Golf Course.

“I’m hoping we will have more of our players here for Wednesday’s match,” Graham remarked.

“It will be a combination varsity and jayvee match and we’re looking to play 12 kids. Hopefully, we will have more players here. We open Western Valley District play Monday against Franklin County High School and we need everybody to be here and ready to play.”

Graham said he is looking for this season to be a big one for the Comets golf team. 

“On paper, we’re very talented,” Graham said.

“But, we need everybody to work hard in practice and improve. From top to bottom, this is the most talented team I’ve had. We’ve got good players in the top four spots and this is the first time we’ve been in a position where the number five and six players have the ability to step up and help us.”

With this being the final year of competition for the Western Valley District, Graham says he would love to see his team win the district championship.

“I feel like this can be a really good year,” he remarked.

“It would be great if we could win the district and be the last Western Valley District champion. I’m expecting a good season. But, we’ll have to wait and see. 

“The kids are going to have to practice and work hard,” he added.

“We’ve got to work on minimizing mistakes, making sure we don’t lose a sure par for a bogey or lose a bogey for a double bogey. If we can do that, we should be pretty good.”