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Golfer team posts good scores in win against R-H

Peter Gasperini was medalist with a round of 36 to lead the Halifax County High School golf team to a win over Randolph-Henry High School Thursday at Green’s Folly Golf Course in a nine-hole match.

Halifax County finished with a score of 158 compared to 164 for Randolph-Henry, with the four lowest scores counting toward the team totals.

Josh Irby and Alex Tepper also broke 40 in the match, with Irby firing a 39 and Tepper a 38, with those scores and a round of 44 by Joey Gasperini counting toward the Comets total.

Anna Carole Cole shot a 46 and Leggett Moore shot a 52 for Halifax County in the match.

Drew Jackson posted the lowest round for Randolph-Henry with a 39, followed by Mitch Dunn with a 41, and Walker Dunnavant and Derek Lee each with a 42 to count toward Randolph-Henry’s total.

Halifax County’s jayvee golf team also won, defeating Randolph-Henry 185-194, with freshmen Matthew Ratliff and Jamie Binner posting nine-hole scores of 42 and 45, respectively.

Alex Mitchell’s 47 and Luke Newbill’s 51 also counted toward the Comets scoring totals.

Kaleb Cole and Chase Jurae had scores of 52 and 54 for the Comets jayvees in the match.

Tyler Amos and Gunnar Lacks led Randolph-Henry’s jayvees with scores of 47, while Connor White and George Sandridge each posted a 50.

Comets Head Coach David Graham said the team rallied with more consistent scores than it posted in its district opener on the road Wednesday against Tunstall and GW high schools.

“We played pretty well at home, but what we need to do is take that score on the road,” said Graham.

“We had a match yesterday and had a couple of good scores, but today the kids bounced back very, very well.

“Alex had a very nice round and Peter led us, which is good, and we got a good round out of Josh Irby.”

“We need to take what we did today and take it on the road,” explained Graham.

“That’s what we need to work on, what we are doing well here, do it well on the road.

“That’s going to be the key for us this year, playing away from home.’

The Comets had to play well to beat Randolph-Henry, a traditionally strong golf program that has won 100 consecutive district matches over the past 10 years.

“We’ve tied them one time, and that was it, we’d never beaten them,” observed Graham.

“They’re a very good team.  Today, if we hadn’t played a very solid round we wouldn’t have gotten the win.”

Graham was also pleased with the rounds his jayvee team put in on Thursday.

“I’m very, very proud of the jayvees, because four of them are freshmen and one is a 10th-grader,” said Graham.

“We had some good scores there with Matt with a 42 and Jamie with a 45, and Alex Mitchell with a 47.”

“That’s good playing, and they’re going to get better,” added Graham.

“Those scores are going to come down, but that was a very good showing.”


Halifax County 158 

Randolph-Henry 164

Varsity scores (lowest four count toward total)


Peter Gasperini 36

Alex Tepper 38

Josh Irby 39

Joey Gasperini 44

Anna Carole Cole 46

Leggett Moore 52



Drew Jackson 39

Mitch Dunn 41

Walker Dunnavant 42

Derek Lee 42

Avery Luna 48

Matthew Myers 55


Jayvee scores (lowest four count toward total)


Matthew Ratliff 42

Jamie Binner 45

Alex Mitchell 47

Luke Newbill 51

Kaleb Cole 52

Chase Lurae 54



Tyler Amos 47

Gunnar Lacks 47

Connor White 50

George Sandridge 50

Marc Hall 55 

Greg Pharr 59