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Moore, Fletcher lead MHS golfers

Jake Fletcher shot a 42 to lead Middlesex past West Point.  (Photo by Tom Chillemi)

The Middlesex High School golf team picked up its first Tidewater District win at Queenfield on August 26 in a contest against last year’s district champion, King William Cavaliers. The Chargers turned in a score of 188 to 211 for King William. MHS improved on last week’s score at King Carter by 41 strokes.

“I know these guys have the talent to go out there and post team scores in the upper 170s and lower 180s,” said MHS coach Greg Harrow. “We just need to learn to play smart, and today we showed a lot of improvement in recovering missed shots.”

Leading the Chargers in the victory was Harley Moore who posted a 44. “Harley was one bad hole from shooting in the upper 30s today,” said Harrow. “He’s just got to learn how to avoid those big number holes.”

Jake Fletcher posted a 45, Drew Pitts a 49, and Alex Crittenden a 50. “All three of these guys should have been five to six strokes lower today. They just need to keep working hard to overcome the mental mistakes,” said Harrow.

Others competing in the match were Robbie Pitts (56) and Timmy Coker (65).

On August 28 the Chargers defeated the Pointers of West Point in their second district match of the season, 185-197.

The Chargers (3-0, 5-4) showed improvement as senior Jake Fletcher led the way with a 42. “Jake is starting to manage his golf game more consistently now and, as the season progresses, I expect his scores to be in the upper 30s,” noted Harrow.

Alex Crittenden brought in the next lowest score for the Chargers with a 44. “Alex has remained the most consistent so far this year. He’s been staying around the mid-40s and if we can get his short game together, he could be in the upper 30s as well,” said Harrow.

Harley Moore and Robbie Pitts recorded the Chargers’ next lowest scores of 48 and 51, respectively. Others competing in the match were Drew Pitts (52) and Eric Sosa (59).

“We’re starting to show more patience on the course and it is helping our scores tremendously,” said Harrow. “We’ve been 20 or more strokes better this week than we were two weeks ago.”

On Sept. 2, Middlesex defeated Mathews but lost to W&L. More details on this match will be in next week’s Sentinel. The Chargers will host Mathews today, September 4, at 4 p.m. at Piankatank River Golf Club.

posted 09.04.2008

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