Lukas Newton fired a 40 for Medalist honors, and the Halifax County Middle School golf team won the first Junior Piedmont District match of the season, hosted by Ben Franklin Middle School on Tuesday.

Newton’s low score led the Lions, which finished with a score of 190, with Patrick County Middle School coming in with a 211 and defending district champion Ben Franklin Middle School finishing with a score of 224.

The four lowest scores count toward the team total, with Grady Upchurch finishing with a 46, Camden Jones with a 51, and first-year player Landon Jones with a 53 for the Lions.

Daughtry Reaves shot a 55, Sidney Hughes and Trafton Martin each shot a 58, and Bailee Henderson had a 60 to round out the Lions’ scoring for the day.

Winning the match against solid opponents such as Ben Franklin and Patrick County was a “tremendous start to the season,” noted Lions head coach Charles Payne.

“We’re just thankful we are able to play this year. The kids have been working really hard in practice, and it showed today,” said Payne.

The Lions persevered through a cold and windy day to take home the win, Payne added.

“All of the players gave 110%, and great attitudes and good sportsmanship was displayed by the team,” Payne pointed out, noting the positive support of parents was also a factor in getting the team off to the good start.

“Coach (David) Graham and I are very proud of the team.”

Other team members include Tristin Blackstock, Landon Elliott, Janna Perkins and Josh Slagle.