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Gasperini wins UNC Tarheel Junior Tourney

Halifax County High School junior Peter Gasperini won the biggest golf tournament of his young career last weekend with his victory in the UNC Tarheel Junior Championship Golf Tournament at Finley Golf Course in Chapel Hill, N.C.

Gasperini carded rounds of 70 and 71 in the two-day North Carolina Junior Golf Association tournament, edging James Mishoe IV of Cary, N.C. and Davis Kiger of Harrisburg, N.C. by two shots.

The win was Gasperini’s second tournament victory of the year, and it awarded him points that will lead to his ability to participate in upcoming North Carolina Junior Golf Association tournaments. Gasperini received a special trophy featuring the University of North Carolina ram mascot.

Last weekend’s tournament was a part of the North Carolina Junior Tournament Series presented by Greg Norman Champions Golf Academy.

During the summer, Gasperini won the Heritage High School Invitational Golf Tournament in Lynchburg in early August.

“It feels good to get another win under my belt, and hopefully there will be more to come,” Gasperini said.

“This was a big two-day junior tournament, the biggest tournament I’ve won. I was able to put two rounds together.”

Seventy golfers representing Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina participated in the tournament held on the par-72, 6,735-yard course that serves as the home course for the University of North Carolina golf team.

“It was an unbelievable course,” Gasperini said.

“Every spot on the course was just amazing.”

Gasperini said he didn’t feel any pressure until he reached the next-to-last hole during Sunday’s final round.

“I went out there to have a good time,” he remarked.

“I played really well the first day. I didn’t know going into Sunday that I was tied for the lead.”

Gasperini got off to a good start in Sunday’s final round, coming in at 3-under par for the first nine holes. The back nine holes, though, were not quite as smooth.

“I had a few hiccups, but I hung in there and made a birdie on 17 to get back to one under (par) on the day,” he pointed out.

“I didn’t really feel any pressure until 17. That was when I knew I was winning.”

Gasperini said he wants to play in some upcoming North Carolina Junior Golf Association tournaments but because the field fills up so quickly for the tournaments he doesn’t yet know what his next tournament will be. 

Two tournaments he is interested in playing in are the N.C. State Wolfpack Junior Tournament to be played Nov. 9-10 at the Lonnie Poole Golf Course at N.C. State University in Raleigh, N.C. and the Blue Devil Junior Championships at the Duke University Golf Course in Durham, N.C. Nov. 23-24.