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Gasperini falls short in RGA championship

SoVaNow.com / June 25, 2020

Peter Gasperini got off to a slow start on the front nine in the final round of The Richmond Golf Association’s Amateur Championship on Sunday but would surge on the back nine to send the match into sudden death where he would eventually lose by one stroke.

With both players tied at 66 after 18 holes, Gasperini would miss his birdie shot on 19 and lose to defending champion John Rosenstock. Rosenstock was able to sink his 12 foot birdie to end the match and remain the RGA Amateur Champion.

For Gasperini, who recently transferred to VCU from Radford University, the outing was a great way to introduce his game to the city of Richmond. This was Gasperini’s first attempt at the championship. The RGA wrote it was one of the most exciting championships the club had seen in recent years

“So I thought playing in the Richmond Am would be a good starter for my summer schedule,” Gasperini said. “Because you know with everything that happened with COVID most amateur events that I’d planned to play in were canceled.”

Gasperini said his slow start on Sunday only inspire him to stay focused. The redshirted senior who will play his final season of collegiate golf with VCU said he felt good about the whole tournament.

“So in the final I felt good going in,” Gasperini said. “I just got off to a slow start. I was still hitting greens but I wasn’t making putts; I wasn’t hitting it close enough.

“I just knew if I stayed patient – I was playing well all week – that it would click. And I was starting to heat up. I made eight pars and one bogey on the front nine - four down.”

Gasperini said when he took to the back nine, he felt on-point and ready to get the win.

“I’m a competitive individual,” Gasperini continued. “He hit one about five feet on ten and I had one about 25 feet on ten and I made mine and he missed.” That shot for a birdie.

Gasperini went on to birdie 13, 15, 16, 17, and 18. He shot a 29 on the back nine.

“The funny thing is I had 10 putts on the back nine and the only hole I two-putted was 11. I hit it to three feet and missed the birdie. So I had eight one-putts and a two-putt on the back nine.”

Gasperini said he’s ready to move on to the next tournament and just wants to continue to improve as he looks to turn professional following graduation from VCU. Gasperini said the Coronavirus has wreaked havoc on trying to find tournaments to compete in.

“I needed to find some tournament buffers, Gasperini explained. “And just moving to Richmond, I joined a course up here, Independence Golf Club and that allowed me to play.

“I’m now a member of the RGA so that allowed me to play in the City Am. And you know match play is one of my strengths, I’m a good match play player.

“I’ve got three tournaments lined up for July, and then two for August so far, cause there’s not a lot to play in. I leave for South Carolina on the fifth of July for a tournament.”

Gasperini said there are no regrets for coming to Richmond. He feels he made the right choice in VCU.

“I think it’s going to work out really well,” Gasperini said. “Richmond has a lot of golf resources and that’s kind of why I moved to Richmond. Obviously school stuff hasn’t started and all that will pick up in August.

“The coach has reached out to me several times so far this summer. He’s keeping close tabs on me and I just think That Richmond is going to end up being a really good move for me in the long run.

And as for his love and pride in where he’s from, Halifax.

“Halifax is my home and one of these days I’m going to win an event and it will be for Halifax,” Gasperini stated. “We’re still pushing.

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