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Lions golfers finish as conference runner-up

Only 15 strokes stand between a runner-up finish and a perfect season and the Southside Middle School Conference championship for the Halifax County Middle School golf team.

“That’s pretty good,” remarked Halifax County Middle School Head Golf Coach Charles Payne following his team’s runner-up finish to Central Middle School of Charlotte County in Monday’s Southside Middle School Conference Championship Golf Tournament at Green’s Folly Golf Course.

“It’s not perfect, but it’s close to it.”

The Lions, which entered the season with only two experienced golfers among its starting contingent, had a good season, losing only one Southside Middle School Conference match – that to regular-season conference champion Central Middle School - and one non-conference contest against Ben Franklin Middle School.

Counting those two matches and the margin in Monday’s conference championship tournament, the difference for the Lions’ season was 15 strokes.

Carding three rounds in the 40’s, the Lions made a nice run at Central Middle School in Monday’s Southside Middle School Conference Championship Golf Tournament with a team total of 189, but came up eight shots short of winning the tournament.

“I’m proud of our kids,” Payne said.

“They never quit. What I like about the kids is they didn’t quit. They gave 110 percent, which is a good thing for the kids and for life.”

While the Lions had to settle for the runner-up trophy, they had three players named to the All-Southside Middle School Conference Golf Team including Kassidy Irby and Lance Chappell who finished second and third respectively in the individual standings. Willoughby Gasperini was also named to the all-conference team by virtue of his score in Monday’s tournament.

Others named to the All-Southside Middle School Conference Golf Team were Evan Mason, Nathan Towery and Logan Newcomb from Central Middle School and Madison Herring of Powhatan Middle School.

Other players named to the all-conference team included Brandon Ligon of Bluestone Middle School, Sherwood Baskerville of Park View Middle School and Josh Williams of Amelia Middle School.

Central Middle School’s Evan Mason, who has been the dominant player in the conference this season, earned medalist honors in Monday’s tournament with his round of 39 in the nine-hole contest.

His effort was bolstered with three scores in the 40’s, including rounds of 47 from Towery and Newcomb and a round of 48 from Harding to make a team score of 181.

Only the best four scores from among six designated players were counted toward the team total.

Halifax County Middle School got a round of 44 from Irby, a 45 from Chappell and a round of 48 from Gasperini. Brayden Moore’s round of 52 was the final score to count for the Lions.

Powhatan Middle School placed third in the tournament with a team total of 211.




Central Middle School – 181

Evan Mason – 39

Nathan Towery – 47

Eli Moore – 50

Jackson Harding – 48

Logan Newcomb – 47

Larkin Jackson – 53

Halifax County Middle School – 189

Lance Chappell – 45

Kassidy Irby – 44

Willoughby Gasperini – 48

Erin Glass – 59

Brayden Moore – 52

Cori Neal – 61

Powhatan – 211

Madison Herring – 50

Blake Pruitt – 55

Tyler Thomas – 52

Cullen Bringer – 54

Colby Lowery – NC

Brendan McMillin – 57

Bluestone – 220

Brandon Ligon – 47

Scott Nutter – 62

Morgan Tharpe – 49

Eli Hudson -  62

Blake Gravitt – 63

Fisher Mosely – 65

Park View – 221

Sherwood Baskerville – 49

Chase Carter – 58

Bryce Mitchell – 59

Jordan Ingram – 57

Emily Nester – 59

Holden Tanner – 57

Amelia – 262

Joey Talley – 66

Alan Gough – 68

Josh Williams – 63

Rachel Wells – 69

Seth Whitaker – 65


Hunter Stern - NC