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SoVaNow.com / August 22, 2013In one sense, the regular season matches for the new-look Piedmont district don’t mean all that much, since a conference competition will ultimately decide whether the Comet golfers make the Northwest regionals.
But, looking at this from another angle, the competition between the Comets and Tunstall, who are not part of HCHS’ competition in the new conference format, is proving helpful to the HCHS golfers.
Tunstall fired a round of 302 in the latest Piedmont district match, besting the Comets by five shots in competition at the Danville Country Club. Halifax County High School had a 307, its best round of the season. GW-Danville, also a new Piedmont district member, had a 400.
The regular season in the Piedmont is followed by the district tournament. From there, HCHS then moves into a four-team conference competition, that includes Orange, Albemarle, Patrick Henry-Ashland and the Comets. Two schools from that foursome make the Northwest regionals.
Monday, the Comets’ Josh Irby earned medalist honors with 70. Peter Gasperini, also the new HCC club champion, had a 72 Monday in Danville. Joey Gasperini had a 79. Anna Carole Cole fired an 86 to complete the counted scores for HCHS on a tough course.
Comet golf coach David Graham said, “We had two really good scores (J. Irby and P. Gasperini).”
“Joey Gasperini shot a great round of 79 and held it together, (played) one under the last seven holes,” said Graham. Cole had her best round of the year.
“We’re getting there,” said Graham, whose club had three rounds in the 70s. Tunstall has a tough squad. “They’re solid one through six.”.
The level of competition is helping the Comets overall, he said.
“We’re not playing easy golf courses. We’re playing championship courses. That is strong competition,” said Graham. And the Tunstall competition is helpful. “That is strong competition. Our kids get up for them; they get up for us. We’re just still trying to find a solid fourth person, fourth, fifth and sixth (player),” said Graham.
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