There were two things to take away from Wednesday’s Virginia High School League Southside Girls Open Zone Qualifier Golf Tournament at Greens Folly Golf Course.
One — for the first time since 2014 Halifax County High School won’t be represented in the VHSL Girls Open State Tournament.
Two — there is a good line of young lady golfers that will be making some positive impressions on the links in the upcoming few seasons.
Randolph-Henry High School sophomore Jordan Colbert, with the help of a 3-over-par 39 on the back nine, won the tournament, with her round of 82 giving her the tournament’s lone berth in the upcoming state tournament in Springfield.
Colbert scored a seven-shot win over Park View High School’s Kelsey Moseley, with Comets freshman Peyton Wallace finishing third with a round of 91 and Comets senior Jillian Waller placing fourth with a round of 96.
Comets freshmen Sarah Lacks (100) and Ainsley Gasperini (117) rounded out the six-player field.
For Colbert, who had a tough battle with Waller through the first 10 holes, the win was special.
“This means a lot to me because I have never done it before,” Colbert said with a smile.
“I’m very happy to be able to go.”
Colbert had a one-shot edge over Waller going into the 11th hole. Waller lost two shots to Colbert on the 11th hole and saw her grip on what had been a solid effort slip away.
The Randolph-Henry High School golfer said once she gained some breathing room on the 11th hole, she relaxed more and played better.
“It was a lot better,” Colbert said of her round after that point.
“My stress was relieved, and I was really playing my game on the back nine.”
Wallace, who was six shots down to Colbert and five shots down to Waller and Moseley at the turn, put together a solid effort on the back nine, coming into the clubhouse with the second-best score on the back nine among the six players.
“I’m proud of it,” Wallace said of her career-best 18-hole round of 91, “but I think I could have done better.”
The Comets freshman admitted to being nervous at the outset.
“I started thinking I didn’t have a chance, so it kind of made the nerves go away,” she explained of her round on the back nine.
“I played better.”
Wallace said she did not have any big expectations for Wednesday’s tournament.
“I know some of the girls can shoot a lot better than I can, so I was wanting to see what it (playing in a big tournament) would be like for next year.”
Halifax County High School Head Golf Coach David Graham, who served as the tournament director, said he was proud of the effort Waller and all of the Comets players exhibited during the tournament.
“I’m really proud of Jillian,” Graham remarked.
“She was only one shot down at the turn, had a little trouble on the back nine, and it got away from her. She put up a great fight. Her score doesn’t show how well she played. I’m really proud of her.
“Peyton didn’t play well on the front nine, and she turned in a very good score on the back nine,” Graham continued.
“Sarah played well. She hit a lot of good shots, and so did Ainsley. I’m very proud of all four of our girls. They all played better than their score indicated. I’m proud of the way our girls competed and showed class, and they represented the high school well.”