The search for consistency continues for the Halifax County High School golf team, which finished third among six teams in the latest round of the Piedmont District tournament held Monday at Danville Country Club.
J.D. Cunningham carded an 80 to lead Comets golfers, followed by Zac Rhodes, who carded an 84.
Jaxon Lloyd finished with an 85, and Will Long carded an 89, while Jackson Newton finished with a score of 90 and Peyton Wallace with a score of 92 for Halifax County, whose top-four scores counted for the team total of 338.
Patrick County, with a score of 322, won the match, followed by Magna Vista with a 333.
GW recorded a team score of 365, while Tunstall finished with a team score of 413 for the match, with Patrick County High School’s Wesley Roberson carding a 76 to win medalist honors.
Halifax County is looking for consistency among its golfers, particularly among the top four scorers, coach David Day pointed out.
“We didn’t play our best. Magna Vista and Patrick County gave us some stiff competition, especially Patrick County with three golfers in the 70s,” explained Day.
Day noted that the team has five to six players capable of shooting in the low 80s, and that’s the type of consistency he’s looking for.
“That’s exactly where we need to be,” he explained.
“We have J.D. Cunningham who is playing pretty solid in low 80s every time out, and the next five or six who either shoot in the low 80s or 90s, but we just can’t get them all to shoot in the low 80s at one time.”
One or two Comets may come in at 82 or 83, but the team has to count one other score, and currently that score is around 90, according to Day.
“If we can have some consistency in the top four or five players, it would take the pressure off some of the other ones,” Day added.
“Match to match, we’re playing well and it’s not as if we’re completely out of it, we just haven’t turned that corner and put everybody together.
“Unless you can put together four scores, you’re just not going to compete with the better teams.”
More match experience will help improve the team scores, according to Day, who noted a number of golfers have played only one or two high school golf matches thus far.
It’s been 18 months or more since some of the team has played competitive golf, so match experience is a key to low scores, he added.
“With less than a month together, we’re seeing some rough edges, but after three or four matches we should be better,” said Day.
“We’ve used some different players and given some people an opportunity, and I think we’ll see some positive results at the end of the year.
“I feel pretty positive about it.”