Repasky enjoys experience at state golf tourney

Posted: October 10, 2012

Star staff report

HARRISONBURG — His first trip to the Group AA state golf tournament may not have played exactly how he would have liked it, but if Roger Repasky has his way, he’ll get a couple more cracks at it.

Serving as the only area qualifier, the James Wood sophomore followed up a rough first day (93) by posting a respectable score of 84 at Lakeview Golf Club Tuesday.

Rains, wind and frigid temperature made for difficult playing conditions on Monday, but blue skies and a shining sun greeted the players Tuesday and the scores reflected the change.

“I played a lot better,” said Repasky, who posted two birdies and a number of pars on the par-72 course.

“[Monday] was really tough with it being so cold and with all the rain, but [Tuesday] was a lot better.”

Repasky admitted that nerves played a role in his struggles on the first day — it was the first time he had ever played in the state tournament — and he tried to learn from his mistakes the second time around.

“I just tried to figure out what went wrong and why and correct it,” Repasky said. “It helped that I had a really good group of guys I was playing. They were a big help. It was a great all-around experience.”

And it’s one Repasky hopes he’ll get to enjoy more than once.

Having now seen what some of the best golfers in Virginia look like up close, Repasky plans on making the trip again.

“Now it’s all about working on my game and preparing to make it [to state] the next two years,” Repasky said. “I’m going to practice a lot and hopefully drop five or 10 strokes off my average by next year. I want to go back.”

WINCHESTER — A local man is out on bond after allegedly beating another man with a golf club before attempting to stab him with a screwdriver.

Herbert Spencer, 39, of the 200 block of Maple Street, was arrested early Monday and charged with malicious wounding.

He appeared in Winchester General District Court via video Tuesday, where he was granted a $2,000 secured bond. An official at the Northwestern Regional Adult Detention Center said later in the day that Spencer was no longer at the jail.

According to a criminal complaint, city officers arrived at the 100 block of Wood Avenue around midnight Sunday for a domestic disturbance.

The victim told police that when his girlfriend and her sister got into an argument at the residence, Spencer came downstairs with a golf club.

Spencer is alleged to have struck the victim two times with the club, ultimately breaking it on him. When the club broke, Spencer then pulled out a screwdriver and attempted to stab the victim, the complaint states.

However, the victim said he was able to get the screwdriver away from Spencer before he could stab him.

Officers noted in the complaint that the victim had blood on the surface of his eye, a large knot and laceration to his back and a bruise on his shoulder.

Spencer fled the scene, but was arrested at about 1:30 a.m. Monday.

He is expected back in Winchester General District Court at 1:30 p.m. on Jan. 16.

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