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Comet golf picks up first win of season

SoVaNow.com / August 11, 2014
Halifax County High School varsity golf enjoyed a very strong start Wednesday, winning its first match of the season handily and sailing past one of its traditionally tough district rivals, Franklin County.

And senior Peter Gasperini, clearly the leader of this team, did not post the best score for the Comets at Greens Folly.

Halifax, which competes today in the Heritage Invitational in Lynchburg, carded a team score of 320. Franklin County was second with a 326, and Magna Vista was well back with a 386. Martinsville had a 389.

Matt Ratliff had an excellent round of 74 (37-37). Gasperini was off a tick or two and had a 76 (37-39). The other counted scores were turned in by Lance Chappell (82) and Anna Carole Cole (88).

Gasperini was somewhat disappointed in his round, noting he did not have his best day. He was hitting the ball a bit off-line and struggled with putting. Ratliff hit some solid iron shots close to the holes and was able to make some timely birdies.

Comet coach David Graham said, “our top two kids, Peter and Matt, led us with 74 and 76, two good, solid rounds.”

“We have some good young talent. Lance Chappell (82), first match as a high school on varsity, you can’t ask for better than that. Anna Carole Cole rounded it out with an 88. I’m very satisfied,” said Graham.

“I enjoyed it. It was at home. The kids were comfortable. They played well, had a nice crowd. We just improve from here,” said Graham.

HCHS had to be pleased to outplay FCHS. That gives the Comets added confidence moving forward.

“Beating Franklin County is a big hurdle. They still are good. We caught them here at home. I’d like to see how we play when we go away. Again, we have a lot of good talent. We’ve set some high goals this year. I’m not going to say what they are,” said Graham.

“I think we have a good bunch who want the same thing. Beating Franklin County is a big plus,” said Graham.

Gasperini won the London Downs event a year ago and the team played well there. HCHS will have to find some solutions.

The kids are young, and Graham is seeking to see the team learn from its mistakes and go from there. Graham is also interested to see how the Comets perform on the road.

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