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Lions golfers score easy win over Amelia

It was steady as she goes for the Halifax County Middle School team in Monday’s Southside Middle School Conference match against Amelia Middle School here at Green’s Folly Golf Course.

Staying near its targeted total, the Lions carded a round of 181 to easily defeat Amelia, which came in with a 255 total.

“Our scores are still pretty good,” noted Halifax County Middle School Golf Coach Charles Payne.

“We had some good scores, but we’ve still got a lot of things to work on. We’ve got to work on getting some of the big numbers we are seeing on holes from time to time down some.”

Jamey Binner led the Lions and earned medalist honors for the day with his round of 43 in the nine-hole match. Matt Ratliff followed with a round of 45, Kaleb Cole carded a round of 46 and Luke Newbill’s round of 47 was the final score to be counted toward the Lions’ team total.

Lance Chappell turned in a round of 50 and Kassidy Irby logged a round of 52. They were among the six designated players for the Lions whose scores could be counted toward the team total. Only the four best scores from among the six players count toward the team total.

The best round posted by an Amelia Middle School player was a round of 56. Amelia counted a 56, 58, 70 and 71 toward its team total.

While the Lions had a good round Monday at their home course, Payne noted that the team’s toughest tests were still ahead of it.

The Lions have two matches, one here and one in Rocky Mount against an improving Ben Franklin Middle School team, and road matches against Park View Middle School and Central Middle School remaining on their schedule.

“We’ve got to work very hard in September,” Payne pointed out.

“We’re going to have to go on the road and we will be facing tougher competition. Hopefully, the best is yet to come.”

Among the large contingent of Lions players who participated in Monday’s match and completed a full nine-hole round and their scores were Chandler Bridgers (48), Jacob Wenzel (54), Paul Edmunds (55), Chase LaRue (55), Patrick Salley (56), Evan McNamee (58), Stephen Comer (59) and Jacob Wilson (63).

Halifax County Middle School will play its final home match of the season on Sept. 5 when it hosts Ben Franklin Middle School. Tee off time is 3:30 p.m. at Green’s Folly Golf Course.