Links of success

Published 9:46 am Wednesday, October 25, 2017

I’ve been working as sports editor at The Charlotte Gazette for just more than a year and a half, and two things have become abundantly clear to me about the sports scene in Charlotte County. It regularly features remarkably high-quality baseball and exceptionally superior golf.

Recently coming to a conclusion was the 2017 school golf season, a roughly two-month stretch that produced more evidence that the county really has something special happening on the links.

Randolph-Henry High School’s varsity golf team finished the year with a 26-1 record, the squad’s only loss coming in the Virginia High School League (VHSL) Class 2 Region A tournament in which the Statesmen placed third out of 12 teams.

This season also presented another opportunity for the Statesmen to extend their incredible James River District regular season win streak, which has now reached 191 matches. Randolph-Henry won its 18th consecutive district regular season championship and also won the district tournament.

Statesmen Head Coach Kelly Powell noted that much of the team’s success stems from the work done by Larry Dunn with junior golfers in the county and the solid training ground provided by the Central Middle School (CMS) golf program.

The CMS Bobcats were stellar once again this year, going undefeated on their way to the 2017 Southside Middle School Conference regular season and tournament championships.

On the individual level, Skylar Lacks of the Statesmen made it to the VHSL Class 2 state tournament and placed 16th out of 44 golfers. He set a school record in state golf competition by shooting an 18-hole score of 71 in the final round of the tourney.

For the Bobcats, Austin Queensberry led his team with a nine-hole score of 43 in the conference tournament championship and earned the title of Co-Player of the Year.

Titus Mohler is sports editor of The Charlotte Gazette and Farmville Newsmedia LLC. His email address is