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HCMS golf has numbers, talent / August 12, 2021

The Halifax County Middle School golf team looks to build on last season, after going undefeated and winning the Junior Piedmont District title.

The Lions won the four matches they played in a shortened season last season.

HCMS opens Aug. 23 at Benjamin Franklin Middle School. Martinsville and Patrick County will join the host school and Halifax in the match

When the Lions defeated Patrick County and Ben Franklin middle schools 169 to 199 and 208, respectively, in its final match of the spring season it was lowest team and Junior Piedmont District scores of the season.

Last season, the Lions won their first match 190 to Patrick’s 111, and Franklin 224. Halifax won match two, 203 to Franklin’s 229 and Patrick at 236. Match three saw Halifax win 194; Franklin 214, and Patrick’s 223.

Lions assistant coach David Graham said he and head coach Charlie Payne are looking ahead with excitement to the upcoming season. Graham said the program is getting stronger and bringing in some really good young talent.

“Well actually, as far as the middle school, we had 21 kids come out which was excellent,” Graham said.

Graham said the middle school team usually doesn’t have that many golfers. “We were hoping we’d have 15 but we’re going to keep all 21 because you know, it’s a developmental program at the middle school and that’s what it should be.”

Graham said the raw talent will help ensure the middle school has a solid foundation in the sport for a few years to come. A lot of the newcomers are incoming sixth graders.

“The talent that we have seen this year it looks like we might be the most talented we’ve been in a long time as far as top to bottom,” Graham said. “We’ve got a lot of sixth graders that are very good and the good thing is we don’t have but a few eighth graders.

“So we’re looking at having hopefully a good team for the next two or three years if everybody develops. Coach Payne and I were looking it at saying, we’ve got more talent this year from top to bottom than we’ve had in a long, long, time so you know we’re looking for a good year.

Though COVID-19 doesn’t seem to be affecting sports like it did last season Graham said that the team is practicing safety measures to minimize any contact or spread of the virus.

“[We’re] hoping everything stays safe,” Graham said. “You know, hoping no one gets sick and everything like that, trying to be careful and all the kids are doing what we’re asking them to do. [We] just hope everything can go on schedule.

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