Bruce Stone has something of a winning streak going at Halifax Country Club.

Stone won this past weekend’s Club Championship Tournament, giving him his third club championship in five years. He had won back-to-back titles in 2015 and 2016.

The three-time club champion finished eight shots ahead of runner-up Raleigh Powell, and was nine shots up on third-place finisher Mark Repokis. Stone held a four-shot edge over Repokis heading into Sunday’s final round.

“Overall, I played pretty consistently, lots of pars, maybe six or seven birdies over the weekend, and a few bogeys, very consistent golf,” Stone noted.

Stone finished second behind last year’s winner, Rodney Watts. Powell finished third in last year’s tournament.

Dennis Witt won the Halifax Country Club Seniors Championship, rallying from a four-shot deficit to Harvey Driggs after Saturday’s round with a round of 72 on Sunday to edge runner-up Gary Gupton by five shots.

Gupton had the best round among the seniors on Sunday with his round of 71, a round that was the best among the seniors for the weekend. Witt’s round of 72 on Sunday was the second-best round among the seniors for the weekend.

Stone had the best round of the field for the entire weekend with his 2-under-par round of 68 on Saturday. That round gave him a four-shot cushion heading into Sunday’s round.

Overall, Stone said he was pretty much on his game the entire weekend, with the exception of one hole on Sunday.

“After my first shot on the 15th hole I went down and searched and couldn’t find the ball,” Stone explained.

“I had to go back to the tee box and re-tee it, and I made a double bogey because of the penalty. Other than that, I maybe had a total of three or four bogeys all weekend, some pars and five or six birdies. I was pretty consistent.”

This year’s club championship tournament took on the air of a professional tournament, with players playing the ball down, an announcer to announce the players at the start of both days of the tournament and a live radio broadcast of the finish of the tournament.

Stone said some players scored a little higher than usual as a result of the rule of playing the ball down.

“They have a local rule here that normally you can move the ball in the fairway, and if it’s raining a lot or real wet, they let you move the ball in the rough a little bit,” Stone explained.

“In this tournament, you weren’t allowed to touch the ball anywhere. It made it a little tougher for the golfers, because a lot of them are not used to doing that. Fortunately, I had pretty good lies most of the time. The golf course was in great shape. They ran a nice tournament.”

Phil Rinker edged Kim Houseal to win the Second Flight. Richard Harrell topped Nathan Lantor and Donald Gravitt by four shots in winning the Third Flight.


First Flight

Bruce Stone – 68-73-141

Raleigh Powell – 79-70-149

Mark Repokis – 72-78-150

Jay Burnett – 74-78-152

Rodney Watts – 77-75-152

W.J. Long – 78-76-154

Willoughby Gasperini – 81-78-159

Michael Boyd – 86-76-162

Joey Gasperini – 92-75-167

Drew Lewis – 79-NC

Second Flight

Phil Rinker – 74-72-146

Kim Houseal – 74-74-148

Bryan Allen – 72-76-148

Mike Hailey – 78-76-154

Chris Coleman – 82-74-156

Eric Arthur Jr. – 78-78-156

Dr. Kwang Kim – 82-75-157

Ronnie Moore – 81-76-157

Kelly Chappell – 75-86-161

Joel Cunningham Jr. – 81-83-164

Dave Ashwell – 82-88-170

Teddy Holt – 98-89-187

Brad Mele – 87 –WD

Third Flight

Richard Harrell – 76-72-148

Nathan Lantor – 73-79-152

Donald Gravitt – 73-79-152

Nookie Green – 81-75-156

James Lewis – 79-74-153

Mike Jenkins – 84-75-159

Nelson Baskervill – 79-82-161

Paul Glass – 83-78-161

Scott Martin – 79-87-166

Dan Powell – 95-88-183

Tommy Spencer – 79-WD

Senior Club Championship

Dennis Witt – 81-72-153

Gary Gupton – 87-71-158

Dr. Jerry Burnett – 83-81-164

Donnie Hughes – 85-81-166

Bob Tysinger – 83-85-168

Alan Gravitt – 86-83-169

Harvey Driggs – 77-100-177

Preston Crowder – 95-89-184

Mike Sizemore – 95-98-193

Phil Saunders – 96-101-197

Joe Chandler is the sports editor for The Gazette-Virginian. Contact him at

Joe Chandler is the sports editor for The Gazette-Virginian. Contact him at