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MHS golfers notch first district victory

The Middlesex High School golf team captured its first Tidewater District win on August 22, defeating Mathews 214 to 233 at the Piankatank River Golf Club (PRGC) in Hartfield.

“We have improved on many levels,” said Middlesex coach Greg Harrow. “We played smart, kept the ball in play, and minimized strokes in the short game. This is the part of the game that is tough to coach but we saw a lot of improvement today. It’s coming together nicely.”

Against Mathews, Greg Pitts had the low score for the Chargers with a 46. “Greg just needs to learn to minimize high scoring holes,” said Harrow. “He is young and wants to attack the green no matter where he is. He is aggressive and I like that, but certain situations require one to swallow their pride and just get the ball back into play. We’re working on it and I expect his scores to continue to lower as the season moves on.”

Chris Blake hauled in the next lowest score for the Chargers with a 52. “Chris is getting better and better every day. He is a competitor and he continues to work at practice after practice and during the weekends on his game. That’s what it takes and it’s paying off. He made some tremendous shots today, and I believe he can see scores in the low to mid 40s if he continues to work.”

Elliott Redmon was third for the Chargers, bringing in a 56. “Elliott has great potential and he is improving every day as well,” said Harrow. “His ball striking was much more consistent today and his short game is improving. A little more time on the range and the course and I expect he will be shooting in the mid to upper 40s.”

Will Leggett rounded out the Charger total with a final score of 60. “We worked with Will on the range all week and made some changes that are going to take him time to learn,” said Harrow. “However, he is getting better as the weeks progress. He hit some great shots during this match so I know he has the talent to get the job done, he just needs to continue to work.”

The Chargers hosted Northumberland and Lancaster on August 27, and will travel to Hobbs Hole Golf Course in Tappahannock to take on Essex on Thursday, August 29.

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posted 08.28.2013

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