Rodney Watts (left) is congratulated by Halifax Country Club Tournament Chairman Drew Lewis (center) after winning the Club Championship Golf Tournament on Sunday. Bruce Stone (right) was the runner-up in the Championship Flight.

Rodney Watts went into last weekend’s Club Championship Tournament at Halifax Country Club with one specific goal in mind — qualifying for a spot on Halifax Country Club’s County Cup team.

Watts accomplished that goal and did it in a big way — winning the 2018 Club Championship.

“My ultimate goal this year was to make it onto the County Cup team again,” Watts explained.

“This weekend was two qualifying rounds for it. I killed two birds with one stone.”

Winning the club championship is a big accomplishment for Watts. Not only was this his first club championship win, this past weekend was the first time Watts had played in the Championship Flight.

Watts led Bruce Stone by one shot after Saturday’s opening round in which Watts carded a round of 66 and Stone posted a round of 67. The next-closest golfer to the pair of leaders in the Championship Flight after Saturday’s round was Raleigh Powell who came in with a round of 71.

Playing another consistent round, Watts carded a round of 68 on Sunday, the lowest round among the golfers in the Championship Flight in the second round. He finished the tournament with a 134 total, giving him a six-shot edge over Stone who carded a second-day round of 73 and finished with a 140 total.

Powell finished third after winning a match of scorecards against Joey Gasperini, who, like Powell, finished with a 146 total.

Consistency, Watts said, was the key to his win.

“I knew it would take two great rounds to win,” Watts noted.

“Luckily enough, I had a little luck, and everything worked out. He (Stone) struggled throughout the day, and I played about the same round I played Saturday. He put some pressure on me, but he had a few bad holes and that made the difference.”

The winner of the Club Championship Tournament earns the honor of serving as captain of the club’s County Cup team. Watts said Sunday evening he plans to give up his honor as the team captain and give it to W.J. Long. Long was supposed to have been the captain of the team last year, but he had to hospitalized for a lengthy period due to a serious illness and could not serve as the team captain.

“I am not that comfortable with the being the captain because that is just not me,” Watts explained.

“I thought well in advance that should I do well this weekend, I was going to do that for W.J. because he kind of got cheated out of his job as captain last year. I’m hoping he will be the captain. If everyone else on the team is fine with that, that is what we are going to do.”

Kim Houseal won the First Flight, scoring a three-shot win over runner-up James Lewis. With rounds of 68 and 72, Houseal earned the honor of becoming the Halifax Country Club Senior County Cup Team captain. Woody Clay finished third in the flight, five shots down to Houseal.

Paul Glass won the Second Flight with a two-day total of 148. Donald Gravitt was the runner-up, finishing three shots behind Glass. Jeff Shumate finished third.

Alan Gravitt won the Third Flight with a two-day total of 163. He edged runner-up Roy Bradley by two shots, with Bob Tysinger taking third place in the flight.

Joe Chandler is the sports editor for The Gazette-Virginian. Contact him at jchandler@gazettevirginian.com.

Joe Chandler is the sports editor for The Gazette-Virginian. Contact him at jchandler@gazettevirginian.com