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CHS moves to 12-2

Central High School’s varsity golf team built on an already strong performance in 2019 with a 6-0 run last week, including a Thursday match in which the Chargers produced their lowest score of the year.

They shot a 166, defeating Amelia County High School, with its 204, and host Prince Edward County High School, with its 211, at The Manor Golf Club in Farmville.

“It was a good match,” Central Head Coach Richard McDaniel said. Of his team’s new low score, he added, “I was a little surprised, with it being at The Manor. The Manor’s usually a little tough, so it was kind of a surprise.”

Central’s Cole Williams continued his outstanding senior campaign, serving as low medalist with a 39. Junior Hogan Whitlow shot a 41, freshman Robert Hite recorded a 42 and senior Austin Hall generated a 44.

“Austin had a good score considering it was at The Manor and with him still basically kind of a beginner,” McDaniel said. “He’s only been playing a couple years.”

The coach noted that the layout is what makes The Manor so challenging.

“It’s just a little bit tougher than most of the smaller courses around here,” he said. “They’ve got a lot more hazard areas and a lot more terrain to deal with.”

McDaniel noted that he was not sure if 166 was Central’s best score at The Manor since he has been coach, “but I feel like it is because we’ve only shot better than that anywhere a couple of times since I’ve been coaching.”

The Chargers achieved their season-best score despite not being challenged by their foes like when they face Randolph-Henry High School.

“They go out and try to do their best every time, regardless of the competition,” McDaniel said of his team’s golfers. “That’s really all you’re doing is you’re playing against yourself and the course. That’s what you’re supposed to do, anyway.”

On Thursday at 3:30 p.m., Central (12-2) is set to host Buckingham County High School and Cumberland County High School at Lunenburg Country Club.