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Linksters breeze in season’s best round

Halifax County High School shot its best team round of the season in its final home Piedmont District golf match and breezed to an easy win over Magna Vista High School and GW Monday at Green’s Folly Golf Course.

The Comets posted a team score of 302 and finished 45 shots ahead of Magna Vista High School with GW trailing a long-distant third.

“We will take a 302 and roll to the state tournament,” Comets Head Coach David Graham remarked.

“Today was an excellent round. It’s good to do it now. Things we’ve been working on all season are beginning to come together. I hope we can keep this up for the next couple of weeks.”

Comets junior Peter Gasperini earned medalist honors with his even-par round of 72. But, it didn’t come easy.

“It was a roller-coaster round,” Gasperini pointed out.

“I didn’t hit the ball fantastic, but I managed to score pretty well. It gives me a lot of confidence because I’m putting pretty well and seeing putts fall, which I’ve lacked my entire life.”

Gasperini’s round got off to a tough start with a bad tee shot on his first hole of the day, which was the 10th hole on the Green’s Folly layout. He rallied to birdie the 13th and 18th holes to finish his first nine holes at 1-under par.

His second nine holes, which were the front nine holes of the course, became something of an adventure.

“I got to the front and I started to spray the ball everywhere,” he explained.

“I made a bogey from nowhere on number one. I went to the third hole and took a double bogey because of a mental mistake. I managed my round pretty well, but I threw away a lot of shots. I was glad to see I could bring a round back that was not (going) so hot.”

Teammate Josh Irby carded a round of 73 and Joey Gasperini came in with a round of 75 to give the Comets three solid rounds in the 70’s.

Irby had a pair of birdies and a pair of bogeys in his first nine holes and bogeyed the 5th hole in his second nine holes on the front side of the course to finish one-over-par for the day.

“I felt pretty good about the round,” Irby said.

“I hit the ball well and did every aspect pretty consistently. I had two birdies and two bogeys on the back and had one bogey on the front. Other than that, I hit the ball well and mostly two-putted.”

Joey Gasperini said he was pleased with his round of 75.

“It was pretty solid,” he remarked.

“The big thing is we all played well as a team. I did my role today. I was pretty focused. I stuck with my game plan and hit the shots I needed to hit.”

A big key to the Comets’ good score was Alex Tepper. Tepper posted one of his better rounds of the season with his round of 82, giving the Comets four solid scores to count toward the team total.

“I’m really proud of Alex Tepper,” Joey Gasperini said.

“He’s stepping up to the plate, and we’re all excited because it gives us a well-rounded team.”

“Alex gave us that solid fourth score that we have needed,” Graham added.

“Our top three guys did their job. Alex came through with a solid round of 82. We can’t ask for much better than that.”

Monday’s round at Green’s Folly Golf Course gives the Comets a nice boost heading into the Piedmont District Championship Tournament which comes up Monday at West Lake Country Club in Franklin County and the Group 5A Conference 16 Championship Tournament coming up next Thursday at Hanover Country Club in Richmond. 

“It was nice to play at home and get a good round like that under our belts to get our confidence back,” Graham said. 

“We didn’t play well the last (district) match. We didn’t score well, but we were working on some things, and today it clicked. This is a big boost going into next week’s Piedmont District Tournament and the conference tournament.”