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Brothers surge past field for victory in golf tourney

Brothers Joey and Peter Gasperini wanted to prove their game could match up with those of some of the best golfers in the area in the annual Halifax Country Club Member-Member Golf Tournament.

The proof definitely came during the two-day tournament that ended Sunday with the Halifax County High School golf team members rocking the field with a second day total of 62 on the way to the title.

Perhaps the youngest duo to ever win the member-member tourney, the Gasperinis carded a 66-62-128, five strokes ahead of veterans Woody Clay and David Meeks, who fired a 67-66-133.

Philip Payne and Drew Lewis rounded out the top-three teams in the Championship Flight with a two-day total of 67-69-136, winning in a match of cards with Bobby Wilborn and Luke Bohm.

Peter Gasperini, a rising junior at Halifax County High School, termed the win one of his biggest in his still young golf career. 

“It feels pretty good to win,” said the younger of the two brothers.

“These were some of the guys who helped us out, and they wanted to see us do well,” he explained with a nod toward the rest of the field.

“We had a bunch of people rooting for us, so it feels good.”

The Gasperinis held a one-stroke lead over four other teams heading into the final day of the tournament, but they blistered the field with an eight under par round in the best ball format on Sunday that allowed them to pull away. 

“We got off to such a hot start,” Peter Gasperini explained, “and we birdied four out of the first five holes.”

“We bogied nine and were three under at the turn,” he continued.

“I hit one to within six feet at 10, and I birdied 10, so that got us back to four under for the day.

“We figured we could coast on in with a few birdies, like maybe one or two birdies and a bunch of pars, but we got hot again and birdied the last four holes.

“We both played really well, it wasn’t just a one-man thing.”

The pair has played the country club course countless times since taking up the game as young boys, so both knew the golf course well, according to Joey Gasperini, a rising senior.

“We hit about the exact same distances, so we know the yardages and how the other one plays, and we just feed off each other pretty well.”

“We hit it pretty long, but our wedge game is good, and our short game is good.”

“We’re pretty pumped,” he added.

This is the first tournament Joey and Peter Gasperini have won as a team.

“We fell short last year, and we definitely earned some respect this year,” said Joey Gasperini.

Due to wet weather, last year’s member-member was a one-day tournament, and the pair didn’t have a particularly good day.

“We really didn’t feed off each other too well,” recalled Joey Gasperini.

“Today, we stuck with the game plan, and we did pretty good.

“He (Peter) was going to attack, and I was going to play it safe.

“He did what he needed to do, and I did what I needed to do.”

First Flight winners, in order were Mark Repokis and Tommy Daniel, Donald Gravitt and J.B. Walker, and Nathan Lantor and Arthur Lantor.

Brad Thomasson and Kelly Chappell won the Second Flight, with Dennis Witt and Mike Hailey finishing second and Eric Arthur Jr. and Grayson Thockmorton finishing third.

Third Flight winners were George Burton and Sam Lewis, followed by Jackie Caldwell and Brad Davis, and Wayne Roller and Richard Bradley.

Mike Rand and Joe Barkley were Fourth Flight winners, with Dabney Gilliam and Dexter Gilliam finishing second and Jay Henderson and Casey Spencer finishing in third place.