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Bluestone gets on course with golf’s return / August 11, 2021

After a full year of no golf for the Bluestone, the team returned to its home course Tuesday at Kinderton Country Club in Clarksville to open James River District competition.

Bluestone hosted JDR rivals Cumberland and Randolph-Henry to open the season. Before the match began, head coach David Allgood said it was just good to see the kids playing and competing again.

Actually, Allgood himself is back, too. For the past two years he coached the golf team at Bluestone Middle School after leading the varsity program at the high school for some quite some time.

“Cameron Shriver and Taylor Seamans are going to be my No. 1 and No. 2,” Allgood said. “There are six of them fighting for four spots. Cameron and Taylor are going to be somewhere around probably 40, 42 [for their nine-hole scores] and the other guys I’m trying to get in the 40s.”

With eight golfers on the team, practices are pretty competitive. Teammates basically battle each other during the week to be one of the six that competes at the next match.

The top four of those six earn team points to determine the winner of the match. “We’ve been practicing for the last two weeks and my six lowest scores in practice will qualify [for Tuesday] and that’s who goes to the tournament,” said Allgood.

The team is young with no seniors or juniors on the roster. Three sophomores, Seamans, Shriver and Davis Bowen, and five freshmen, Greyson Arnold, Emily Morrison, Barrett Digh, Tyler Driggs and Thomas Elliott, make up the team.

“Like this week, we qualified today (Monday) to see who plays tomorrow, then we’ll qualify again Wednesday for Thursday’s tournament,” Allgood said. The team travels to Crewe Country Club on Thursday to compete against JRD opponents Amelia County and Nottoway.

Though these kids’ names are probably not as familiar at the varsity level, they do bring a competitive edge with them. Most members now on the varsity team were members of the 2019 Bluestone Middle School Trojans team that won the Southside Middle School Conference regular season and the SMSC tournament.

That team went 7-0, Shriver, Seamans and Bowen being the eighth graders at that time.

Varsity sports are a different beast but if the Barons stay consistently good they should do well in the district.

The R-H Statesmen provide reliably strong competition in the JRD and this year should be no different. They are the only team in district competition that boast the experience level they have — two seniors, two juniors, three sophomores and a freshman. Amelia County with four players has one senior on the team and no junior classmen.

“Since the high school didn’t actually play last year, this will be the first high school match for the whole team,” Allgood said. “Nobody [on the team] has played in a high school match before.”

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