Young MHS golf team captures season opener
|Middlesex’s Alexander Crittenden rolls in a putt.|
The Middlesex High School golf team opened its regular season with a win on August 13 over Lancaster at Piankatank River Golf Club. Middlesex (194) outdistanced the Red Devils (213) by 19 strokes.
Leading the Chargers in the 9-hole match was their only senior, Jake Fletcher, who turned in a 46. Sophomore Alex Crittenden and sophomore Drew Pitts followed with 49s, and sophomore Harley Moore finished at 50.
Others competing in the match were junior Mason Goodrich (59) and Timmy Coker (65).
Other members of the Charger squad this year include junior Matt Owens, sophomores Gino Deserio and Eric Sosa, freshman Robbie Pitts, and 8th-graders Trey Major and Jonathan Shearin.
“We are very young this year but we have some good talent coming along,” noted MHS coach Greg Harrow.“Going to state last year with three seniors on the team will be hard to replace, but I think we will be in the running for a Tidewater District title if we keep working hard and prepare well before the district tournament in September.”
The MHS golf team traveled to Quinton Oaks Golf Club in Callao to take on the Northumberland Indians and Essex Trojans in a 9 hole tri-match on August 14. The Chargers (176) were able to clinch a second place finish behind last year’s regional champion Indians (161), and edged the Trojans (179) by only three strokes.
Leading the way for the Chargers was sophomore Harley Moore who turned in an impressive 39, shaving 11 strokes from his previous round at PRGC. “Admittedly, Quinton Oaks is a much easier course than our home course at Piankatank, but I don’t think it is 11 strokes easier,” said Coach Harrow. “Harley showed up to play today and I expect him to post scores like this more often as the season progresses.”
|Middlesex’s Robbie Pitts tees off.|
Also leading the Chargers were Jake Fletcher with a 43 and Alex Crittenden with a 46. Drew Pitts continued to show improvement and finished with a 48.
Others competing in the match were Timmy Coker, who although his score was not used in the final four tally, shaved an impressive 14 strokes from his previous round with a 51. Freshman Robbie Pitts also competed for the squad and shot a 56.
“I don’t expect Northumber-land to be beaten by any team in the Northern Neck District or Tidewater District this year,” said Harrow. “They are still solid through their number four spot and they have some good young talent coming along. However, Essex has a pretty solid team and beating them today showed me we have the ability to be very competitive in both districts this year with such a young team.”
The Chargers return to action today, August 21, at Lancaster and will visit King William on Tuesday, August 26. The next home match at PRGC is Thursday, August 28, at 4 p.m. against West Point.