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Strong setup for championships

Members of the Southside Piedmont Junior Golf Association got in a good nine-hole round of golf during a Thursday, July 23, tournament at Lunenburg Country Club in preparation for this Thursday’s championship event in Bracey.

In the boys’ 16- to 17-year-old division, Prince Edward County High School rising senior Robert Raymond finished second, and Cumberland County High School rising senior Thomas Bryant finished third.

John Hite, the tournament director, was pleased with how the event unfolded.

“It was a real success that day,” he said. “It was a warm day, but the kids did a good job, and everybody walked in the afternoon.”

Randolph-Henry High School rising senior Brenden Francisco won the boys’ 16- to 17-year-old division by shooting a 40. Raymond and Bryant each shot a 46, but then they matched scorecards by hole, starting with their ninth holes, to break the tie.

Winning the boys’ 14- to 15-year-old division was Central High School rising sophomore Robert Hite with a score of 46, just two strokes better than Randolph-Henry rising sophomore Austin Queensberry. 

Will Johnson won the boys’ 12- to 13-year-old division handily by shooting a 33. Kelsey Carter triumphed in the girls’ 11- to 13-year-old division with a 53, and Audrey Hite’s 42 placed her in first in the girls’ 7- to 10-year-old division.

John Hite stated junior golf attendance at the Kenbridge course has increased this year amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

“It’s been really nice that the governor has allowed people to get out and golf, and everything has been socially distanced — it’s boxed lunches, the kids just go to the hole that they’re starting on in advance,” he said. “We’ve taken measures to keep from getting the crowds together.”

The Southside Piedmont Junior Golf Association Championships were set for Thursday, July 30, at Tanglewood Shores Golf & Country Club in Bracey. Raymond, Bryant and Prince Edward rising senior Sam Detrick were all expected to participate.