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South Boston News / October 03, 2013
By Tucker McLaughlin Jr.

News & Record

Central of Charlotte had already captured the Southside Middle School regular season golf championship. On Monday, Central collected more trophy hardware, the Southside tournament title, sparked by another strong round from medalist Evan Mason.

Central collected the top spot at the tournament with a round of 181. The tournament was held at Greens Folly Golf Course.

Halifax County Middle School, playing on its home course, finished as the tournament runner-up. The Lions carded a team score of 189. Kassidy Irby led the Lions with 44, while Lance Chappell fired a 45. Willoughby Gasperini had a 48, while Brayden Moore brought home a 52. Non-counted scores went to Erin Glass (59) and Cori Neal (61).

Mason of Central turned in a remarkable round for this level with a 39.

Irby had the second best individual score and Chappell posted the third lowest. All three made the all-conference squad. They were joined by Josh Williams of Amelia, Sherwood Baskerville of Park View, Brandon Ligon of Bluestone, Logan Newcomb of Central, Nathan Towery of Central, Madison Herring of Powhatan, and Gasperini of HCMS.

Central capitalized on the signature performance from Mason, along with rounds of 47 from Towery and Newcomb and a round of 48 from Jackson Harding.

Powhatan finished third with a 211.

Bluestone had a team score of 220, the fourth best round. Park View finished one stroke behind Bluestone, with a 221. Amelia trailed the field with a 262.

Central head coach J.R. Allen said, “Evan’s been our go-to guy the last three years. He’s an eighth grader. He’s been medalist in every match we played. He shot another tremendous 39 out here today. He hits the ball a long ways, which allows him to score like he does.”

Allen also had solid praise for his team. “I’ve got a bunch of eighth graders. Five of the six who played today are eighth graders. They’ve been with me three years now. They push each other in practice every day to get better, and they’re a great bunch of guys.”

HCMS came up just a few strokes short.

HCMS coach Charles Payne said, “We did extremely well. I’m as proud as I can be. And the reason I’m so proud - these kids never quit. That’s a good sign. Golf is a game that’s very difficult, and these kids have made it and have worked hard, and success will be down the road for them.

“They just didn’t quit and gave it 110 percent. In any sport, that’s all you can ask,” said Payne.

Bluestone head coach Nick Carter said, “the guys came really close to coming in third. That was kind of what we were shooting for this year, but kind of struggled down the stretch. We had some good scores and we had some kind of poor scores, but I’m proud of the kids. They did good all year. They improved tremendously from last year. Hopefully, we can use what we have coming back next year and make a run at it (next season).”

Bluestone’s 220 included a 47 from Brandon Ligon, a 49 from Morgan Thorpe, and rounds of 62 from Scott Nutter and Eli Hudson. Blake Gravitt fired a 63 and Fisher Mosely had a 65.

Park View head coach Tim Moseley said, “my kids, they’re a young team. They played real well today. They played to the best of their ability, proud of them. They can be a little bit better next year, but we did all right this year for playing at Halifax.”

PVMS got a 49 from Baskerville, 57s from Jordan Ingram and Holden Tanner, and a 58 from Chase Carter. Emily Lester and Bryce Mitchell had rounds of 59.

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