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Comet golfers come up short in state tournament efforts

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The Comet varsity golf team finished fourth in the Class 5 state tournament. From left, first row, Willoughby Gasperini, Kassidy Irby, Lance Chappell. Second row, coach David Graham, Henry Morrison, Khalil Richardson, Will Abdi and assistant coach David Day. / October 12, 2017
Halifax County High School golf finished fourth in the Class 5 state tournament Tuesday. Playing at Magnolia Green, Halifax had a team score of 652. Deep Run smoked the field with a two-day total of 586, followed by Hickory (628), Briar Woods (639) and the Comets.

Halifax shot 323 on Monday and 329 on Tuesday.

Kassidy Irby led the Comets with scores of 75 and 79 for a two-day total of 154. Lance Chappell had an 81-80, 161, followed by Willoughby Gasperini with a 79 and 84 for 163 and Will Adbi, 88-86- 174. Henry Morrison (94-91-185) and Khalil Richardson (89-98-187) had non-counted scores.

Comet coach David Graham was pleased, despite the fourth place finish.

“Outstanding job by the entire team shooting two good team scores on an extremely difficult golf course. Our top four did an outstanding job this week. Only two players have been to the state before (Gasperini and Irby). The other four were there for the first time and I know they were a bit nervous. But they all played very well. (Gasperini and Irby) did a fantastic job leading the team, not just with their scoring,” said Graham.

The top two golfers also helped the less experienced players with practice, pre-tournament preparation and being as mentally ready as possible.

“Lance played very well in his first state appearance and made the most of it with two solid rounds. Will Abdi improved on his first day score and rally had it going except for a couple of holes on the back side. Khalil had a very good first day but faltered a little on the second. I liked the way Henry bounced back the second day to improve on his score by three strokes,” said Graham.

“I think the first time players really enjoyed what happens at a state tournament and understand what it will take for them to return. Our seniors, Kassidy, Lance, and Khalil, enjoyed their time there and will will remember the experience forever,” said Graham.

“I would like to thank all parents who have supported their (players) and the team. Thank to the schools (including school superintendent Mark Lineburg, HCHS principal Michael Lewis and athletic director Allen Lawter) for coming up and watching the kids play play in the state tournament.

“Thanks to our community for helping the team with donations for shirts and supplies.

“And a great thank you to Chris Dockrill and the Greens Folly staff for all they have done for the golf team this and every year... Thanks to assistant coach David Day for stepping in and doing a wonderful job with both jayvee and varsity teams,” said Graham.

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