Peter Gasperini of South Boston won his first two matches and advanced to the quarterfinals of the 106th Virginia State Golf Association Amateur Championship at Keswick Golf Club in Charlottesville.
The two wins set up a match yesterday between Gasperini, who entered the event as a 12 seed, and friend Connor Burgess of Lynchburg, who entered the event as the number four seed. Burgess is related to Jim Burgess of South Boston.
Gasperini reached Thursday’s semi-final round by defeating number 21 seed Colin Caporal of Gainesville 6-and-4 and defeating number 5 seed George Duangmanee of Fairfax 2-and-1.
The South Boston resident and senior Radford University golfer made 14 birdies over the course of his first two matches, including five straight birdies on the back nine to close out Caporal in the morning.
Gasperini held a four-shot lead over Duangmanee after the first nine holes in the round-of-16 match and held off a charge by Duangmanee on the back nine holes to seal the win.
Burgess, a rising junior at Virginia Tech, handily won both of his first two matches, closing out his opponents on the 14th green in both matches.
The field for Thursday’s quarterfinals included four juniors, three college players and stroke-play medalist 23-year-old Connor Messick who recently completed his college eligibility.