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Charger golfers improve to 3-1

Members of the 2016 Middlesex High School golf team include, from left, head coach Greg Harrow, Hunter Purcell, Hunter Ward, Matthew Wilson, Mason Duke, Avary Payne, Elliott Redmon, Will Leggett, Greg Pitts and volunteer assistant Jock Pitts. The Chargers will host Northumberland at 4 p.m. on Thursday, September 1, at Piankatank River Golf Club in Hartfield. (Photo by Tom Chillemi)

The Middlesex High School golf team captured three wins in its last two matches earning it an early season record of 3-1.

On August 25 the Chargers took on the Blue Devils of Mathews at Piankatank River Golf Club (PRGC) in Hartfield in a 9-hole match and were able to capture the win with a 4-person total of 191, compared to 223 Mathews.

Charger Greg Pitts held down the number one spot with a 46. “Greg is working hard to get his score back down where it needs to be,” said Charger head coach Greg Harrow. “He is striking the ball extremely well, but his distances are off right now. He is hitting fairways but missing greens in regulation, making it hard for him to score well. Once he gets dialed in I expect to see his scores in the mid to upper 30s.”

Mason Duke carded the next low round for the Chargers with a 47. “Mason has the ability to shoot in the upper 30s as well,” said Harrow. “We are working on slowing down his swing and having him utilize more irons on the course. He can hit the ball a country mile, but he’s got to know where it’s going.”

Elliott Redmon carded the third lowest round with a 48. “Elliott seems to have a genuine interest in improving his game this year and I’m excited to see if he continues to work hard to get better,” said Harrow. “He has a good golf swing and the ability to post low scores; he just needs to continue to work hard on the range and get his putting in order.”

Will Leggett finished up the Chargers’ scoring with a 50. “Will is a veteran and has all the potential in the world, he just needs to utilize his potential and continue to work hard,” said Harrow. “I’ve seen him hit shots that prove to me he can post low scores; he just needs to become more consistent.” 

Matthew Wilson and Hunter Ward also participated in the match carding scores of 62 and 61, respectively. “Both of these guys are young but continue to work hard daily to improve their game,” said Harrow. “I enjoy watching and helping them develop and continue to improve every day.” 

On Monday, August 22, the Chargers hosted Essex and Mathews in a tri-match at PRGC and were able to capture two wins shooting another team total of 191, compared to 222 for Mathews and 223 for Essex. While the match with Essex was nullified because the Trojans only had two eligible players, their total was determined by utilizing the scores of two 8th-graders (8th grade athletes are not eligible to compete for team score).

Pitts once again held down the number one Charger spot with a score of 41. “He’s shaving strokes each week even though he is still not quite dialed in on his distances,” noted Harrow. “But, he is getting there.”

Duke followed with a 46, Redmon 51 and Leggett 53. “These three guys just need to keep dialing in on their weaknesses and it will all come together,” said Harrow.

Avary Payne and Hunter Purcell also participated in the match with the Chargers and carded scores of 53 and 61, respectively. “Avary is getting there quickly,” said Harrow. “He has improved greatly since he took up the game two years ago and I expect to see him posting scores in the mid to upper 40s in a few weeks. Once he gets his putting in order that should start happening.”

Newcomer Hunter Purcell participated in his first high school golf match and “held his own,” said Harrow. “Hunter hit some great shots and he needs to feed off of those moving forward. He came in with a pretty good swing but we are working to fine tune some mechanics. If he continues to work hard he will see more time in the lineup.”

The Chargers faced off against Lancaster at the Golden Eagle course on August 24, and will visit Northumberland at the King Carter course in Irvington on Monday, August 29, and Mathews at PRGC on Tuesday, August 30. All matches begin at 4 p.m. and the public is encouraged to come out and support the Charger squad. 

posted 08.24.2016

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