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Comets lady golfers fall shy in qualifying tournament

Playing through drenching rain and, later in drying conditions, Halifax County High School's trio of lady golfers failed to advance in Monday's Virginia High School League zone qualifier golf tournament at Green's Folly Golf Course.

Sophomore Anna Carole Cole finished third with her round of 91, missing the cut by four shots. Lauren Spencer, another sophomore, finished fifth with a round of 95. Comets golfer Lauryn Mayfield finished sixth.

Nine golfers competed for the opportunity to advance to the state tournament.

While disappointed in finishing one position shy of qualifying for the state tournament, Cole took it in stride.

"Third place out of nine golfers isn't that bad," Cole remarked.

"I improved a lot from last year. This was my first time playing in the rain. I didn't think as much and didn't play as smart as I thought I did."

Spencer said the 18-hole tournament was a good experience.

"I played okay," Spencer remarked.

"I feel like I improved from last year. I feel like I putted pretty bad. The greens went from being really wet (on the front nine) to dry on the back and the speed was different."

Comets Head Coach David Graham said he was pleased with the effort of the three Comets golfers, especially that of Cole and Spencer, who stayed in contention throughout the round.

"They (Cole and Spencer) gave a tremendous effort and they played hard," Graham said.

"They didn't play a good front nine, but they both came back with a great back nine. They didn't give up, and that's what counts."

George Washington High School senior Lyndsey Harris earned a berth in the Virginia High School League girls state golf tournament by winning Monday's tournament.

Playing through a series of drenching downpours, Harris came in with a 44 through the first nine holes and, with the rain subsiding as she toured the back nine holes, carded a 40 to finish with a round of 84.

Sophomore Macy Mills of Bluestone High School finished three strokes back with a round of 87 and earned the second of the two available berths to the state tournament.

"Playing through this (the rain) was definitely a challenge," Harris said.

"I felt that I played well. I shot an 84 when I played here in the (final) district tournament, and that was in perfect weather. It was like going through a monsoon here today and I shot the same score. I had to have done something right."

The dryer conditions as she played the last nine holes was a big help to Harris' round.

"It made a four-stroke difference," Harris said.

"I started birdying holes on the back and parring holes, where I was doubling (making double-bogeys) on the front."

Cole finished third with a round of 91. Katie Pritchett of Tunstall High School, Spencer (95) and Mayfield (115) completed the top six finishers.