- Last Updated on 12:22 PM 04/23/12
- BY Joe Chandler
If there is such a thing as year-to-year momentum in golf, the three Halifax Country Club teams have it entering this weekend’s 19th Annual County Cup Golf Tournament. The Halifax Country Club’s men’s team, seniors team and ladies team, all defeated their counterparts from Green’s Folly Golf Course in last year’s County Cup competition.
Last year’s win by the HCC men’s team gave it two straight wins and wins in three of the last four years. The HCC ladies, on the other hand, made it three wins in a row with their victory last year.
For the HCC seniors, their win last year was something of a milestone victory. The win marked the first time that a HCC seniors team had won in six years. It was also only the second time since the seniors program was started that a HCC seniors team had won.
This year’s men’s County Cup competition will begin on Saturday at 8 a.m. at Halifax Country Club with Sunday’s concluding round being played at Green’s Folly. The ladies will begin on Saturday at Green’s Folly and will close on Sunday at Halifax Country Club.
Halifax Country Club’s men’s team will consist of team captain Derek Mason, Nick Lumsden, Gary Gupton, Rodney Watts, W.J. Long, Brad Thomasson, Jeff Barger, Jay Burnett, James Lewis, Brad Mele, David Meeks, Bobby Wilborne, Drew Lewis and Phil Rinker.
“I think we have a really good team,” Mason said.
“I know Green’s Folly is really strong as well. I like our guys. I think we’re really strong one through 12 and the alternates that we have are really strong as well. I like our chances as long as we play up to our ability.”
This is Mason’s first County Cup tournament and he admits to feeling a bit of pressure as this weekend’s competition draws close.
“There is a lot of extra pressure on the rookie teammate and rookie captain,” Mason admitted.
“I’m feeling pressure. I hope these guys aren’t. I’ve been picking everybody’s brain on whom they want to play with and who they play best with. Doc Moore is helping me out a lot with that.”
Mason is hopeful that the team will get off to a good start Saturday on its home course.
“I’ve done a little research, and the team has done really well at home,” Mason pointed out.
“I would like to get out to as big a lead as we can get early. If we can get out of here with the lead, I like our chances.”
Mason said he has noticed that over the past couple of years the HCC team has fared well in the alternating shots portion of the competition.
“I see that they have played really well in the alternating shots matches through the last couple of years and won,” he pointed out.
“I’d like to continue that and pick up a few more points than they have in the past in the best ball format.”
Mason said he is looking forward to this weekend’s County Cup tournament, not only from the standpoint of the competition, but also from the standpoint of promoting golf in the county.
“One of my goals this year was to qualify for the team,” Mason explained.
“That was the first thing Jimmy Clay said to me in the club championship tournament. Of course, he blew everybody away, but he congratulated me on making the team. He said it’s the most fun you’ll ever have anywhere, so I’m really looking forward to it.”
The Halifax Country Club ladies team is expected to be solid again this year. Linda Lumsden and B.J. Compton are the co-captains of the team that consists of Pat Crew, Lorene Womble, Rita Compton, Barbara Speece, Betty Caldwell, Teresa Pool, Cyd Lindley, Janice Irby Snead, Rosalynde Robertson and Carol Gravitt.
Vicky Allen and Charlotte Coleman are on the team as alternates.
Halifax Country Club’s senior team includes captain Coleman Speece, Jim Burton, Paul Butler, Mike Lindley, Mike Hailey, Ray Green, Dexter Gilliam, Jack Caldwell, Roy Bradley, Bobby Long, Sam Lewis, Bob Compton, Dr. Jerry Burnett and Roger Long.
The County Cup tournament is based on the PGA’s Ryder Cup competition. It features competition in three formats including alternating shots, best ball and individual matches.