County Cup

Members of the Halifax Country Club County Cup team are (front row, from left) Richard Harrell, Raleigh Powell, Chris Coleman and Phil Rinker; (second row) Nelson Baskervill, Bryan Allen, WJ Long, Kelly Chappell and Drew Lewis.

Halifax County golfers from Greens Folly Golf Course and Halifax Country Club will hit the links this weekend to square off in the 30th annual County Cup golf tournament.

The County Cup is Halifax County’s version of the PGA’s Ryder Cup.

The Greens Folly Golf Course team has won the last 10 consecutive tournaments and will be looking to continue that streak this weekend. Play begins on Saturday morning at Greens Folly with six team matches-three alternate shot and three best ball (foursome) matches. The afternoon session will consist of six individual matches. All matches are a match play format. The morning session begins at 8 a.m., and the afternoon session begins at 1 p.m.

Sunday’s sessions will be held at Halifax Country Club.

The course is open for fans to take in the action.

The last two years Halifax Country Club was in position to win the cup heading into Sunday’s sessions, but Greens Folly was able to rally on the final day to keep the cup. This year the Halifax Country Club team will be led by captain Peter Gasperini, one of the top amateur golfers in the state, who is participating in his first county cup. His younger brother Willoughby also will join the team for the first time this year. With those additions, the Halifax Country Club team is going to be the strongest they have been in some time. Peter Gasperini is excited about his team this year and feels that the contest will be a lot of fun for golf fans in Halifax County.

The Greens Folly Golf Course team, with brothers Woody and Jimmy Clay along with David Graham, are always tough and that will be no exception this year. Woody just won the member guest tournament at Halifax Country Club, and Jimmy won the club championship earlier in the summer at Halifax Country Club and both will represent Greens Folly in this weekends tournament.

The senior golfers also will tee it up this weekend, and Halifax Country Club will be looking to win their seventh straight County Cup.

Members of the Halifax Country Club County Cup team are Peter Gasperini-captain, W.J. Long, Raleigh Powell, Jay Burnett, Willoughby Gasperini, Richard Harrell, Kelly Chappell, Phil Rinker, Chris Coleman, Bryan Allen, Drew Lewis, Brad Mele-alternate and Nelson Baskervill-alternate.

Members of the Greens Folly Golf Course County Cup team are Jimmy Clay-captain, Brad Shrader, David Day, Josh Irby, Nick Thompson, Scott Vaughan, David Graham, Sammy Puryear, Chris Young, Woody Clay, Kevin Haskins, Matt Hunt, Brandon Harris-alternate and Matt Hackney-alternate.

Members of the Halifax Country Club senior County Cup team are Nookie Green-captain, James Lewis, Ronnie Moore, Donald Gravitt, Mike Hailey, Preston Crowder, Teddy Holt, Donnie Hughes, Jerry Burnett, Mike Jenkins, Tommy Daniel, Dennis Witt, Jack Caldwell-alternate and Tommy Spencer-alternate.

Members of the Greens Folly Golf Course senior county cup team are Doug Newcomb, Cecil Brear, Billy Henderson, Sammy Moser, Clyde Testerman, John Mele, Henry Murray, Bill Burton, Irvin Carter, Billy Ford, E.C. Lewis, Billy Payne, Maurice Kent-alternate and Bob Blake-alternate.

Johnathan Kirland is a sports writer for The Gazette-Virginian. Contact him jkirkland@gazettevirginian.com. Follow him on Twitter @JohnathanK_GV