The brutally hot weather abated just long enough at Halifax Country Club on Sunday afternoon to allow almost 50 golfers to complete an 18-hole tournament in honor and memory of Chandler Anderson Nelson Sr. in the annual Memorial Tournament.

Kelly Chappell was low net winner for the tournament with a 66, and Mike Jenkins and Geoff Grant tied for second low net score with a 67, with Grant awarded second-place after a match of cards.

Bryan Allen was low gross winner with a 72.

Nelson practiced law in Halifax County for a number of decades, serving as president of Halifax Country Club and attorney for the town of South Boston for many years.

His son, Chandler Nelson Jr. (Channie), and daughters Beth Nelson Diamond and Mae Nelson Spruill were on hand to honor the memory of their father, in addition to a number of family members.

Chappell had been competing in the Memorial for at least the last eight years without a great level of success, until Sunday.

“I’ve been playing terrible all year but actually came out here and played a decent round today,” said Chappell.

The weather turned cloudy, and the heat let up enough for the golfers to record some reasonably good rounds.

“The weather wasn’t bad at all, and I got up and down when I needed to,” said Chappell.

“I didn’t strike the ball all too well, but my putter was good. I scrambled a lot today and made a couple of nice chips and putts. The weather didn’t get as hot as it could have gotten,” said Chappell.

Family members were appreciative of the turnout to honor the memory of Chandler Nelson Sr.

“Thank you all for coming out in this heat to honor daddy. We really appreciate it,” said Diamond.

“We were very lucky to have him as a father, and he’s very much missed,” said Spruill, Nelson’s other daughter.

Doug Ford reports for The Gazette-Virginian. Contact him at

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