MHS golfers compete in state tourney
|Middlesex All-Region A performers include, from left, Harley Moore, Alexander Crittenden, Jake Fletcher and Drew Pitts. Above, they display the Region A runner-up trophy they won on October 7.|
The Middlesex High School golf team put another “feather in its cap” on October 7 finishing as the Region A runner-up behind Northumberland, which won the title for the fifth straight year.
The Chargers recently captured their second Tidewater District title in MHS golf history which earned them a spot in the Region A championship on October 7 at Piankatank River Golf Club in Hartfield.
By finishing as the runner-up in the Region A tournament, the Chargers qualified, along with Northumberland, to compete in the State Group A Golf Tournament at Clear Creek Golf Club in Bristol. The tournament was held this past Monday and Tuesday (more details in the October 23 Sentinel).
In last week’s regional tournament, the Chargers knew they would be facing a very experienced Northumberland team and had their hopes set on the runner-up spot. However, Lancaster defeated the Indians for the Northern Neck District title just a few weeks earlier, and the Devils posed a threat to the Chargers.
“I told the boys we really needed to focus on staying close to Northumberland to be able to beat Lancaster,” said MHS coach Greg Harrow. “And if we could shoot close to our district score, then we would be in the running for a runner-up spot.”
And that is exactly what the Chargers did. Northumberland turned in an 18-hole team total of 329 for the regional title, and the Chargers posted a 357 for the runner-up spot. The Red Devils came in third with a score of 397, followed by Northampton’s 402.
“Lancaster just fell apart,” said Harrow. “That’s all there is to it. They can post a much lower score, but we kept the pressure on them by competing with the Indians and that proved to be the winning strategy. We didn’t focus on beating them; we focused on staying close with the best that was there.”
Alexander Crittenden carded the lowest score for the Chargers, an 84, and finished 6th in the region among 65 golfers representing Region A.
The next two lowest scores for the Chargers were 86s posted by Jake Fletcher and Harley Moore. That tied them for 7th place in the region and, like Crittenden, also qualified them for the All-Region A Team, which is comprised of the lowest eight scores among all 65 players.
Drew Pitts brought in the next lowest score for the Chargers with an 18-hole score of 101.
“These four gentleman have been the stronghold for us all year and they proved themselves once again,” said Harrow. “They’ve worked hard all year and it has paid off. I’m looking very forward to seeing how they perform at the state level.”
Also competing for the Chargers were Timmy Coker (105) and Mason Goodrich (111). These six young men represented Middlesex High School in the October 13-14 state tournament along with alternate Eric Sosa.