- Last Updated on 05:05 PM 08/16/12
- BY Joe Chandler
The Halifax County Middle School golf team faced its toughest test of the season to date Wednesday afternoon at Green’s Folly Golf Course and passed with a little room to spare.
Facing Ben Franklin Middle School from Rocky Mount, the Lions turned in their best effort of the young season to score a 178-194 win in a nine-hole match and run their early-season win streak to three in a row.
“It’s been a good golf week for Halifax County,” Lions Head Coach Charlie Payne pointed out.
“We had a conference match earlier this week and shot a 180, the high school team shot a 296 and beat Franklin County and today we shot a 178. Those are good numbers.”
Payne had pointed to Wednesday’s match as being a true test for his team, which easily won matches against Southside Middle School Conference teams Bluestone and E.W. Wyatt.
Ben Franklin Middle School is noted for having a good golf program, and it was for that reason Payne was looking forward to Wednesday’s match.
The Lions responded well, turning in a season-best score of 178. Matt Ratliff led the Lions with his round of 41 to earn medalist honors for the day. Jamey Binner followed with a round of 43. Lance Chappell’s round of 46 and Luke Newbill’s round of 48 rounded out the four scores that were counted towards Halifax County Middle School’s score of 178.
“This was a good test,” Payne said.
“Our consistency could be a little better. If we stay at these numbers, we’ll be fine.”
Payne commended the effort of the Ben Franklin Middle School team.
“They had a lot of kids and turned in some good numbers. They’re a first-class team. They will be coming back on Sept. 5, and we will go up there in late September. It will be good to see the progression of both teams in these matches.”
Ben Franklin Middle School was led by John Hatcher Ferguson’s round of 45. Jay Mohler came in with a round of 47, and Briggs Paris and Josh Mason carded identical rounds of 51 to round out the scores that were counted toward the team score of 194.
Halifax County Middle School’s next match comes up Monday. The Lions will face Powhatan Middle School here at 2 p.m. at Green’s Folly Golf Course in what will be the team’s fourth straight home match.