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We received the picture above (click to enlarge) of James H. Hunter receiving the VGA Amateur Championship trophy (we believe) in either 1949 or 1952.  If anyone can provide more information on this photo - i.e. names of the other two gentlemen pictured, please send us an email at info@vtga.org!

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July 15th  Newsletter


In order to play in the majority of VGA sponsored events or any New England area regional or state event, you must have a valid, updated GHIN handicap!

In order to participate in the majority of VGA tournaments, players are required to have a valid, active GHIN handicap.  Handicaps are updated twice a month - on the 1st and 15th. Although your home course may activate you on a given day, your handicap won't become active in the GHIN system until the next revision period on the 1st or 15th - the next one immediately following the day you are activated at your club. Please be aware of this when planning your summer golf schedule.

Handicap activation is done by your home club - the VGA does not activate handicaps!

Please plan accordingly!

If you don’t have a handicap and would like to learn more about establishing one,  click here.

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Recent upgrades
have been made available for Android & iPhone/iPad platforms.

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Play it Forward at State Days!

In conjunction with the USGA Tee-it-Forward initiative, the VGA will be offering forward tee play at our State Day events in addition to our regular tees.   Use of the forward tee will provide greater playability and enjoyment and also align the length of the course to a player’s average driving distance. This change is effective immediately.

Other benefits recognized with forward tees:

Faster play

Hitting more lofted clubs into greens

More fun

Forward tee scoring will be performed in one of two ways:

With less than 4 golfers playing the forward tees, your handicap will be adjusted per USGA Section 3-5.  In summary your Handicap Index will be reduced by the difference in the course ratings between the regular and forward tees. You will then be placed into the 1st, 2nd or 3rd flights based on your computed Course Handicap from the forward tee and will compete for Net prizes only.

With 4 or more golfers playing the forward tees, a “Forward” flight will be created with no handicap reductions and players will compete for prizes using the same criteria as the other flights.

In order to play the forward tees, you must inform the VGA Official at check-in or at the latest, prior to teeing off.  Golfers will not be allowed to declare forward tee play once their round has commenced.

As with any new policy your feedback is important.  We are currently not placing any age or handicap restrictions on use of the forward tee but we will monitor the results on an ongoing basis.  Your feedback to VGA officials is appreciated.

Bryan Smith, Jay Peak Golf Club, went wire-to-wire to capture his first Vermont Amateur title at the historic Ekwanok Country Club.  This was an emotional victory for Bryan who overcame the sting from 2 years ago when he had a 3 shot lead going into the 72nd hole at Burlington CC; a double bogey landed him in a playoff which he eventually lost.  Easing the pain of that loss 2 years ago was the birth of his daughter Delaney the day after the tournament.  Fast forward two years and one of the sweetest moments of this year’s event was Delaney running onto the 18th green to jump into her dad’s arms to celebrate his victory!

2015 Amateur Champion Alex Rainville, St. Johnsbury CC, fought hard in the final round making a charge but it wasn’t enough to catch Smith.  Rainville finished in solo 2nd.

Three players broke par this week on an exceptionally difficult course, something that had not been done in 2002, the last time the Amateur was contested at The Ekwonak Country Club and didn’t happen this year until the 2nd round - Bryan was the first to break the barrier with a 68 in the 2nd round, followed by Drake Hull, Rutland CC, with a 68 in the 3rd round and Jared Nelson, Rutland CC, with a 69 in the final round.

For full field results, click here.

(Click on picture to enlarge it).

Rutland Country Club took home the McCullough Cup honors for the 3rd straight year.  The McCullough Cup is team event contested over the first two days, with the four best cumulative scores out a maximum of 5 players on a team over the two days determining the winner.  The Rutland team consisting of Frankie Sanborn, Garren Poirier, Drake Hull, Jared Nelson and Logan Broyles maintained a solid lead both days and was the only team with every round in the 70’s for both days.  For full McCullough Cup results click here.

Images from the 2016 Vermont Amateur Championship at Ekwanok Country Club



No matter the season - spring, summer or autumn, golf in Vermont is always spectacular.  From quiet meadows to spectacular mountain views, every round will delight the senses!

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