Young golfers gain experience at tournament
Zach Hall of Northumberland wins state title
The Middlesex High School golf team was one of eight teams in the 2008 State Group A Golf Tournament held last week at Clear Creek Country Club in Bristol.
“We didn’t go out there expecting to break any records, but felt very fortunate and honored to be a part of such a special event,” said Middlesex golf coach Greg Harrow.
There were 76 players (including alternates) from all parts of the state participating in the tournament. Middlesex was represented by its entire team, which was composed of one senior and six sophomores.
“We have a very young squad,” said Harrow, “and other coaches from around the state commented on how fortunate we were to get this experience and be able to have so many sophomores at the state level. Just getting there was a tremendous accomplishment for us this year.”
Galax High School won the tournament with a score of 658.
Sophomore Alexander Crittenden led Charger players and finished 46th with scores of 89 and 92 for a two-day total of 181. Sophomore Harley Moore got the 54th spot with scores of 99 and 92 for a total of 191. Jake Fletcher, the only MHS senior, was 55th with scores of 96 and 96 for a 192 total. Sophomore Drew Pitts finished in the 64th spot with scores of 119 and 131 for a 250 total, while Mason Goodrich finished in the 65th spot with scores of 133 and 123 for a 256 total.
Junior Timmy Coker played on day one of the tournament and shot a 133, and sophomore Eric Sosa filled in for him on day two and shot 118.
“Our scores really didn’t reflect the success we’ve had all season but I attribute a lot of that to course knowledge and management,” said Harrow. “Clear Creek Country Club was a very tough course to walk and our kids were fatigued through most of it.”
Middlesex finished the tournament in 8th place with a two-day total of 801.
“Finishing eighth in the state is nothing to hang our heads over,” said Harrow. “I am very proud of our accomplishments this year. Hopefully, the experience we gained will aid us in the years to come.
“The positive side of the trip was that we made it to the State Tournament and we made it with a very young squad that has potential to continue to develop into state competitors,” said Harrow.
One notable accomplishment for the Region A squads at the state event, which included teams from Middlesex and Northumberland, and individuals from Washington & Lee and West Point, was the performance of Zach Hall of Northumberland. Hall finished first in the state tournament, and Austin Evans from W&L finished 4th.
Other notables were Brian Daiger of W&L, who was 7th; and Stuart Sheffield of West Point, who was 27th. Their play earned them All–State status.
“Both of these men had to go out after the tournament was over and compete in playoff holes to determine the All-State team,” said Harrow. “We stayed and supported them both because they were hometown boys and it was awesome to see Zach win first place in the state. He has been amazing to watch develop over the years into a very talented young golfer, and I would not have missed watching him compete in that playoff.
“Zach Hall is to be commended for his accomplishment and we all want to wish him the very best in his future career in golf,” said Harrow.
The Charger golf team thanks the following for making this season and the trip to the state tournament such a success: Piankatank River Golf Club and club pro Justin Williams, Harrow’s Home Center, Pitts Lumber Corporation, Jerry McMurtrie, Carlton & Edwards Lumber Company, Briggs-Valcon, Delta Marine, Earth Maintenance and Irrigation, Michael Marketing, and the Middlesex Boosters Club.