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Lions finish golf season undefeated / April 01, 2021
The Halifax County Middle School golf team recorded its lowest team and Junior Piedmont District score of the season when they defeated Patrick County and Ben Franklin middle schools 169 to 199 and 208, respectively, to end the season undefeated.

Halifax’s Lucas Newton ended his season and middle school golfing career carding a 37, the lowest score in the match, to claim medalist honors. It was also the lowest score for any of the Lions this year and any of the Piedmont District opponents’ individual player numbers.

Newton added a par-four eagle putt to cap off a successful round. The eighth grader was medalist at three of the four district matches this year.

Newton’s teammates Camden Jones shooting a 40, Grady Upchurch 43, and Bailee Henderson and Landon Elliott with 49’s each posted strong games.

The Lions didn’t have any golfer shoot above 70. Sydney Hughes 54, Trafton Martin 55, Daughtry Reaves 57, Josh Slagle at 65 and Jenna Perkins’ 67 closed out scoring.

Coach Charlie Payne said he and assistant coach David Graham were proud of the teams’ efforts on Monday. He also noted the support he received from the players’ parents and school as the season unfolded, still, during a time of navigating COVID-19 and safely playing sports.

“It doesn’t get much better than this,” Payne said. “The kids saved their best performance for the last match, and coach Graham and I are very pleased.

Payne and Graham commented all season on how consistent the team had been in working hard to their individual games. The coaches spoke of dedication to practices producing big results.

“The kids proved today that hard practice and positive attitudes works,” Payne said. “They worked very hard in practice and were willing to make changes to get better - a lot of the players today had a personal best for their scores.

“We had a great mixture of eighth, seventh, and sixth graders this year that really blended together. The coaches and parents witness some fine golf yesterday.

“Lucas Newton drove a par four and made the putt for an eagle. That was fun to watch. The coaches and team cannot thanks the parents and school enough for their support this year.

“The school provided everything the team needed to stay safe. We had a very successful year.”

Recapping the season, the Lions won the 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.

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