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MHS golfers battle Mathews in postseason match

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Middlesex’s Chris Blake shows good form as he blasts a shot from a bunker during last Saturday’s Brickshire Invitational.

In preparation for conference and regional play, the Middlesex High School golf team visited Brickshire Golf Club in New Kent for an 18-hole invitational tournament last Saturday. Eight teams were Group AA squads, and Middlesex was the only Group A team.

Against very tough competition, the Chargers were able to escape with an 8th place finish with a score of 392, defeating Colonial Heights (398). Other schools competing in their order of finish were: New Kent team one, 329; Park View, 329; New Kent team two, 333; Lafayette, 337; Warhill, 360; York, 368; and Poquoson, 378.

The Chargers were led by freshman Greg Pitts who carded an 83. “Greg was outmatched by 30 yards nearly every drive off the tee, but he maintained a level head and made some tremendous shots around the green that kept him in contention all day,” said Charger coach Greg Harrow. “He just played his game and seemed thrilled to just be a part of this experience. He was only 8 strokes behind York’s number one player, and 3 strokes behind Lafayette’s number one.”

Eighth-grader Dale Johnson hauled in the next lowest score for the Chargers with a 99. “Dale is young and has a lot to learn, but to break 100 in his first match as an 8th-grader at a course he never played is fantastic,” said Harrow. “Dale carded an eagle (2 under par) on a 239-yard par four where he drove the green and left the ball within 1 foot of the cup for a tap in.”

Junior Chris Blake carded a 104 for the third lowest MHS score. He was followed closely by freshman Elliot Redmon and 8th-grader Mason Duke, who each tallied a 106. Freshman Will Leggett rounded out the final score for the Chargers with a 115.

“All four of these young men played very well today,” Harrow noted. “Brickshire is a course that demands precise shots in small landing areas or else you are left with awkward shots. Never having played this course certainly had its disadvantages, however, this was a tremendous experience and all of us were thrilled to have the opportunity to compete at this level.”  

The Chargers will participate in their conference qualifier on Thursday, September 26, versus Mathews in an 18-hole match starting at 10 a.m. at Piankatank River Golf Club (PRGC) in Hartfield. This match had originally been set for September 23.

The Regional Tournament is set for Wednesday, October 2, at 9 a.m. at PRGC in Hartfield.

posted 09.25.2013

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