- Last Updated on 12:22 PM 04/23/12
- BY Joe Chandler
There have been sporadic times over the last decade in which the Halifax County High School golf team appeared to be good enough on paper to be able to win a regular-season Western Valley District tournament or, perhaps, win the district championship tournament.
Until Monday afternoon’s third-round regular-season Western Valley District Tournament at Danville Golf Club, a Comets golf team had not been able to get the job done.
The Comets broke a long-standing losing streak in district play Monday with a four-stroke win over district leader Franklin County High School. It was the first district tournament win for Comets Head Coach David Graham, who has been the team’s head coach for 14 seasons.
With four scores in the 70s, the Comets, led by freshman Peter Gasperini’s round of 76, posted a team total of 311. The 311 total is the best team score of the season and best team total of several seasons.
“We’re long overdue,” Graham said yesterday.
“We’ve been good enough at times to do it, but it never happened. This is what I knew would eventually come. It has taken a lot of hard work to get here. I told the kids after the match to enjoy this for a few days. The kids deserve all the credit.”
Graham called the win a milestone win for the Halifax County golf program as a whole, stretching all the way down through the middle school program headed up by Charlie Payne.
“This was a great victory for Halifax County,” Graham pointed out.
“It’s not only a victory for the varsity team, it’s a victory for our whole program. Charlie Payne had a lot to do with our win. Peter led the team with a 76. He’s a freshman and came out of last year’s Halifax County Middle School program. We have several good young players on the varsity team that have come from the middle school program. That shows the effort Charlie has put into the middle school program and it is showing in our program. Our junior varsity program is going well and that is also helping the varsity program.”
Graham says the big thing about this win is that it gives the players a big boost of confidence.
“They know now they have the ability to win,” Graham explained.
“They know we can compete, and not only compete, but can win. When you know that and believe that, it gives you a good deal of confidence.”
Not only was Monday’s win big from that standpoint, it also puts the Comets solidly back into the district championship picture. The Comets sliced into Franklin County High School’s lead, and trail by only nine shots with two regular-season district tournaments remaining.
“We know we still have a chance to win the regular-season championship,” Graham said. “If we play well and can cut three to five shots off of the lead in each of the last two matches it’s wide open.
“Our goal is to win these last two district matches and win the district championship,” added Graham.
“If not, we’ll be ready for the district tournament.”