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Halifax County High School junior takes HCC championship

The first time was the charm for Peter Gasperini at the Halifax Country Club championship last weekend, with the high school junior and member of the Halifax County High School golf team winning the club championship on his first try.

Gasperini, who ranks as one of the youngest HCC champions ever, overcame a three-stroke deficit to Mark Repokis after one day of play with a three-under par 67 to win by three strokes over Luke Bohm.

Bohm finished with a 74-68-142 to finish second in the First Flight, followed by Jay Burnett, who fired a 72-71-143 for third place.

The newest club champion, who fired a 72-67-139, said he played steady golf over the course of the tournament to take home the win.

“I knew if I hit a few greens and made a few putts, I’d have a chance,” said Gasperini on Sunday.

“I hit the ball good the first day but had no birdies.   I made a few good four-footers for par on Saturday, but no birdies wanted to pop up.  I figured I was due for a bunch today.”

Repokis led after one round of play after an opening round 69, with Joey Gasperini firing a 71, so Peter Gasperini had three strokes to make up.

“I wanted to shoot at least two under when I came in today,” explained Gasperini.

“I’ve played this golf course so many times I figured it wasn’t impossible.”

“All l had to do was get off to a decent start,” added Gasperini, whose group started the day on hole 2.

“I actually birdied four, which was my first birdie, and I had a handful of pars after that.”

He bogeyed 10 for his only bogey of the day after a three putt, and Gasperini was even going into 13 before holing a three-footer to go one under par for the tournament.

“After that I had a little momentum, I knew I was one under for the day and had a few scoring holes coming,”
Gasperini commented.

“I chipped in for a birdie on 16 from just off the green and ended up two-putting for birdie on 18.”

The newest HCC club champion also kept tabs on his older brother during the weekend.

Joey Gasperini, a senior at Halifax County High School and also a member of the golf team, won the Second Flight with a 71-72-143.

He and Peter Gasperini are on a roll this year having already won the HCC Member-Member tournament.

“I’m real pleased with the way Joey played this weekend, he played really well,” said the younger Gasperini 

“I wouldn’t say it’s a rivalry, we want each other to do well.”

Bohm, who finished second behind Jimmy Clay for the Green’s Folly Golf Course club championship recently, was happy just to finish out the tournament.

“I was nursing a shoulder injury and was surprised I could even finish nine holes yesterday (Saturday),” said Bohm.

“I am ecstatic with how I played today,” added Bohm, who birdied hole 3 right out of the gate on Sunday.

Bohm played his last six holes three under par, and he credited that strong run to end the tournament to his runner-up finish.

“I had a strong start and cold finish yesterday, and a cold start and hot finish today,” Bohm explained.

“I believe we had a fantastic tournament this year,” he noted.

“This golf course is not easy to score on, because the greens aren’t in the best shape.

“My putting is what saved me.  I hit the ball everywhere this week, but I was able to get the ball up and down and make some putts.”

Woody Clay finished second in the Second Flight behind Joey Gasperini, with Eric Arthur Jr. third, and Mike Jenkins won a playoff with Tommy Spencer for first place in the Third Flight, with Robert Fallen finishing third.

Donnie Hughes captured Fourth Flight honors, followed by Jeff Barger and Paul Butler, and Roy Bradley won the Fifth Flight, followed by Tommy Elliott and John Courtney.

Coleman Speece won the Super Senior club championship with a five-stroke win over Bobby Long.