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Young MHS golfers show promise

Freshman Greg Pitts tees off on hole number one at Piankatank River Golf Club. Pitts shot a 45 to lead the Chargers against Rappahannock.

The Middlesex High School golf team opened its season on Monday, August 12, against Rappahannock at Piankatank River Golf Club (PRGC) in Hartfield.

In the unofficial match, the Chargers were edged by only 2 strokes, finishing with a final total of 219 to the Raiders’ 217.

Freshman Greg Pitts spearheaded the Chargers with a 45. “Greg is going to be an even tougher competitor as the year progresses,” said MHS coach Greg Harrow. “He has the ability to post scores in the upper 30s, and with his dedication he is certain to get there within a few weeks.”

Junior Chris Blake followed with a 56. “Chris just needs more time on the range to iron out a few wrinkles in his swing,” said Harrow.

Freshman Elliott Redmon brought in the third lowest score for the Chargers with a 58. “Elliott is also going to be a tough competitor as the weeks progress,” noted Harrow. “He, as well, just needs more time on the range and around the greens to savvy up his game.”

Eighth-grader Mason Duke rounded out the Chargers’ total with a 60, but because he is an eighth-grader his score could not count in the official total. “Mason did an awesome job today for us as an eighth-grader and I could not be happier with his performance,” said Harrow. “He recently discovered that he had a passion for the game and he has been committed to perfecting it, and it’s paying off. He stepped up today in place of others who were on family vacations and made it known that the Charger golf team has a strong future.”

The Chargers score of 219 was the best start in the past three years and Harrow said his team hopes to build on that in the weeks to come. “We’ve only been on the course three days prior to this first match, and that’s simply not enough time on the range or the course to put it all together. However, I was thoroughly impressed with the outcome today.

“August is a time when families like to travel before the start of school and, as such, we were missing some guys that will be in the lineup from here on out. Hopefully after this week we can put it all together and start our trek towards district and regional competition.”

The Chargers will host Mathews and Essex at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, August 20, at PRGC; and will be the visiting team in a 4 p.m. match on Thursday, August 22, against Mathews at PRGC.

posted 08.14.2013

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