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Comet golfers start season with second place finish / August 07, 2017
The Halifax County High School golf team will be led by two returning players, Kassidy Irby and Willoughby Gasperini, and this squad will have to replace a considerable amount of experience.

“We have the talent to replace (the departed players), but not the experience,” said coach David Graham.

Halifax lost four fine players, Matt Ratliff, Jamie Binner, Kaleb Cole and Chandler Bridgers. Halifax finished third in the state 5-A tournament a year ago.

Halifax welcomes back Lance Chappell, along with first-time varsity golfers Jacob Day, Will Abdi, Khalil Richardson and Henry Morrison.

“The potential, talent wise, is that this team could be as good as last year, depending on how the new guys develop,” said Graham.

Halifax had a district match Wednesday. The Comets finished second with a team score of 334, behind Franklin County who shot 298.

Patrick County was third with 342. Tunstall next at 343. Magna Vista shot 353 and Bassett carded a 417. GW had two players and Martinsville did not field a team for the match.

Tunstall hosted the round.

Gasperini was the medalist for the match with a 71.

“He’s an all-conference player from last year. He knows how to grind out a good round,” said Graham.

Irby is a key returning all-conference performer, and she had a round of 76. “She’s a senior. She’s been there before. We’re expecting her to play well all year,” said Graham.

Chappell had a 93 and Richardson carded a 94. Abdi had a 95, followed by a 96 from Day.

Graham is hoping for lower scores after some practice from this group as the regular season moves forward.

Halifax and Franklin County are in different classifications as far as the postseason is concerned.

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