- Last Updated on 08:22 AM 09/19/12
- BY Joe Chandler
The Halifax County High School golf team knew it would take a big effort to overcome an 11-stroke deficit in Monday’s Western Valley District regular-season finale at Green’s Folly Golf Course to win the district title and earn a team berth in the Northwest Region Golf Tournament.
The home course advantage that the Comets thought would help didn’t come into play.
Halifax County High School not only did not win the district championship, it didn’t win Monday’s tournament. Franklin County High School, however, did both as the Eagles came away with a 304-312 win over the Comets.
With Monday’s win, Franklin County High School won the regular-season title by 21 strokes.
“I’m a little disappointed, but we gave it a good effort,” said Comets Head Coach David Graham.
“We just made too many big numbers again, as usual. We are good enough to win the district. We’ve just got to quit making those mental mistakes. That’s the only thing holding us back.”
The Comets have one final opportunity to play their way into the Northwest Region Tournament. That opportunity will come in the Western Valley District Championship Tournament, which will be played Monday at 10 a.m. at Westlake Country Club in Rocky Mount.
Halifax County High School will need to either win the tournament or, if Franklin County High School wins, finish second in order to earn a team berth in the Northwest Region Tournament.
While the Comets came up shy in their bid to win the regular-season championship and win Monday’s final regular-season district contest, they did have one winning effort.
Peter Gasperini, who led the Halifax County High School effort with his round of 72 on the cloudy and sometimes rainy afternoon, won the regular-season individual championship and landed one of the first five spots on the All-Western Valley District Team.
Teammate Josh Irby, who came in with a round of 76, also earned one of the first five spots on the all-district team.
Gasperini and Franklin County High School’s Kolton Cooper had battled all season for the top individual honor. Playing in the same group Monday, they went head-to-head, with Gasperini getting a birdie on the final hole to finish one-under-par on the back nine.
His day made a strong turn for the better with a birdie on the 11th hole. He had a shot at an eagle on the 13th hole, but missed a short putt and had to settle for a birdie there.
“I was happy with it,” Gasperini said of his round.
“Shooting even (par) with two doubles (double bogeys) isn’t bad, but it could have been better if I had gotten rid of the doubles.
“I was just trying to go out and shoot a good round,” Gasperini added.
“I thought I could have gone lower, but even par is pretty good, it’s pretty solid.”
Cooper’s day got off to a tough start, with Cooper soaring to four-over-par through the first two holes. He made double bogeys on a pair of par-3 holes and took a triple bogey on another.
He bounced back to make an eagle on one of the par 5 holes and made enough birdies to put together a very respectable round of 3-over-par 75.
“Three over (par) with two double bogeys and a triple bogey and a bunch of bogeys isn’t terrible,” Cooper pointed out.
“I should have played better.”
Not only did Cooper lose his battle with Gasperini for the district’s top individual regular-season honor, he dropped to third place in the final individual standings. Patrick Henry High School’s Hill Donihe finished one shot behind Gasperini with a 292 total for the season, with Cooper finishing with a 293 total.
Each player’s four best scores from the five rounds of district play are counted toward the individual total. Donihe had an off day Monday, coming in with a round of 85.
Franklin County High School’s number two player, Landon Prillaman, emerged as the day’s medalist with a 2-under-par round of 70.
For Halifax County High School, Alex Tepper followed Peter Gasperini and Irby with his round of 81, with Joey Gasperini’s round of 83 also counting toward the Comets’ team total.
Ryan Green’s round of 85 and Tyler Holt’s round of 88 did not count as the four lowest scores are used to determine team totals.
(Final Regular-Season Round Monday At Green’s Folly Golf Course)
Franklin County High School – 304
Halifax County High School – 312
Patrick Henry High School – 317
GW – Danville – 385
William Fleming High School – 439
Franklin County – 304
Kolton Cooper – 75
Landon Prillaman – 70
Josh Harkema – 81
Jeremy Lester – 79
Tyler Peterson – 85
Cameron Hicks – 80
Halifax County – 312
Peter Gasperini – 72
Tyler Holt – 88
Josh Irby – 76
Joey Gasperini – 83
Ryan Green – 85
Alex Tepper – 81
Patrick Henry – 317
Hill Donihe – 85
Blake Brown – 76
Corey Hayth – 82
James Breakell – 80
T. Vance – 79
S. Boxley – 93
GW – 385
Lyndsey Harris – 84
Connor Wood – 101
Amar Pittman – 115
Christian Blankenship – 84
William Fleming – 439
Michael Lewis – 109
Malik Mallery – 118
Folyh Garner – 106
Oscar Otanez – 106
Chris Dowe – 126
Final Regular Season Team Totals
Franklin County – 1,523
Halifax County – 1,542
Patrick Henry – 1,597
GW – 1,979
William Fleming – No Score
Top Five All-Western Valley District Team
Peter Gasperini – Halifax County – 291
Hill Donihe – Patrick Henry – 292
Kolton Cooper – Franklin County – 293
Landon Prillaman – Franklin County – 294
Josh Irby – Halifax County - 306