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The 2017 Vermont Amateur

The 2017 Vermont Amateur will be hosted by the Dorset Field Club on July 11-13th. This is a great chance to play an incredible course and compete against the best that Vermont has to offer. Qualifiers for the 2017 Amateur will take place at Barre Country Club, Williston Golf Club, Rutland Country Club, and Cedar Knoll Country Club. Registration for the Vermont Amateur and the qualifier of your choice is available online here.


  • June 25 - Rutland Country Club
  • June 27 - Country Club of Barre
  • June 29 - Williston Golf Club
  • July 5 - Cedar Knoll Country Club

Upcoming Events
  • June 4 - Mixed Scotch at Woodstock Country Club
  • June 5 - Country Club of Vermont State Day
  • June 6 - Senior Four Ball at Neshobe Golf Club
  • June 8 - Basin Harbor Club State Day
  • June 12 - Northfield Country Club State Day
  • June 14 - Ralph Myhre Golf Course State Day

New England Amateur
The deadline for the New England Amateur is today - June 1, 2017 - Click here to register!

Senior Four Ball

The Senior Four Ball will be at Neshobe Golf Course on June 6th. Grab a partner and sign up to play a fun and exciting event! Prizes for both Gross & Net teams! Click here to register!

TPP Online Now open for June State Day Registration

Click here for weekly State Day Results

New for 2017!
VSWGA State Days are now open to all VSWGA dues paying women, including women members of the Lakeside Golf Club. All participants must maintain a handicap index of 36.0 or less.

Have you always wanted to try a VSWGA Ladies State Day? You can play as a guest of another VSWGA member on Tuesday, June 27th at Enosburg Falls, Sugarbush, or Brattleboro. You may also play later in the season on Tuesday, August 15th at Cedar Knoll, Jay Peak, or Montague. Guests must have an active VT GHIN card with a handicap index of 36.0 or lower. The VSWGA member must email your name, GHIN #, and index to Pay$28 to play cart fee and optional $2 for the Closest to the Pin contest on two par 3 holes. Join the fun!

Congratulations to Lois Dolan of Williston GC for a hole-in-one on May 16th at the CC of Vermont State Day!

Upcoming State Days
Check the 2017 Calendar on the VSWGA homepage for all events, including upcoming women's invitationals.
  • May 30 - Copley, Northfield, Bellows Falls
  • Jun 06 - VT National, Green Mtn. National, Mt. Anthony
  • Jun 13 - Arrowhead, Montpelier, Bradford, Bomoseen
  • Jun 20 - Essex, Ralph Myhre, Tater Hill
  • Jun 27 - Enosburg Falls, Sugarbush, Brattleboro

Make sure your handicap is ACTIVE prior to your first State Day!

Upcoming VSWGA & NEWGA Major Events

2017 VSWGA State Day Participation Renewals

* Your GHIN # must be active in order to register for any events.
If your GHIN # has been inactivated please contact your home club to have them reactivate you!

When your home club activates you, you will still remain INACTIVE in the GHIN system until the next handicap revision on the 1st or 15th of the month, whichever comes first.


Register Now for PGA Junior League

- PGA Junior League Golf is a fun, social and inclusive opportunity for boys and girls ages 13 and under to learn and enjoy the game of golf. Much like other recreational league sports, participants wear numbered jerseys and play on teams with their friends. Registration for the new season is now open. For more info, visit to search for programs by ZIP code and register online.

2017 Scholarship Bag Tag Program
*Help Support the VGA Scholarship Fund! 2017 Scholarship Fund Bag Tags are now available!

Consider purchasing a 2017 Scholarship Fund Bag Tag! For a donation of $20.00 or more you will receive the personalized bag tag displayed above.
The 2017 bag tag features the 14th hole at the Dorset Field Club, site of the 2017 Vermont Amateur Championship!

Click here for more information and to download the 2017 Scholarship Bag Tag Donation Form!

$$$ Dollars for Scholars

The VGA Scholarship Committee is sponsoring a new fun raffle to help provide funds for Vermont students. Called Dollars for Scholars, representatives of the VGA will be selling a limited number of raffle tickets (600) for $50.00 each. Drawing will take place at the VGA Scholarship Scramble at Proctor-Pittsford CC on August 10, 2017. First Prize is $5,000, 2nd Prize is $2,500, 3rd Prize is $1,250 and 4th Prize is $500!

Each ticket will also receive a personalize bag tag (shown above). Click here to see the flyer for more details!

If you wish to purchase a raffle ticket online - see the link on the home page of our website -

Lakeside Members

Just a reminder to all VGA & VSWGA members who establish their handicap through the Lakeside Golf Club (internet): All handicaps are automatically inactivated at the end of the year! You will need to pay your 2017 handicap fee before you will be able to register for any online events!

Click here for more information on how to renew:

Rules Corner - What's the big deal about a Provisional Ball? When should I play one and why should I play one?

A Provisional Ball (Rule 27-2) is a ball put into play by a player for his original ball that may be lost outside of a water hazard or out of bounds. Those are the ONLY 2 times you can play a provisional ball. If you hit your ball towards a water hazard and you are not sure if the ball is in the water hazard or not, and there is no chance of it being lost outside of the hazard, then you may NOT play a provisional ball. You either find your ball outside of the water hazard and play it, or if you can't find your ball and it can't be anywhere else but in the water hazard, you proceed under the applicable Rule for the water hazard.

Playing a provisional for a ball that might be out of bounds is easy - you find your ball and it is either in bounds, so you play it or it is out of bounds so you continue with the provisional ball.

The tricky part is when you play a provisional ball for a ball that may be lost outside of a water hazard, and you find your ball but it is in a terrible lie and virtually unplayable. Some people think that they can just abandon the original ball and continue on with the provisional ball. But, remember, you only play a provisional ball for a ball that might be lost. If you end up finding your original ball, it is no longer lost, therefore, the provisional ball must be abandoned and you must continue play with your original ball - either playing it as it lies or declaring it unplayable and taking relief under Rule 28, Ball Unplayable. There's no such thing as "choosies" in golf!

If you think that your original ball might have ended up in a spot that is so bad that your only choice would be to go back to the tee (and you have already played an awesome provisional shot), you are under no obligation to go look for your original ball. It is perfectly OK to go ahead and play the provisional. However, if someone in your group or a nearby spectator hollers over and says they think they found your ball, you are obligated to now go and identify that ball. If it is yours, you must abandon the provisional and proceed with the found ball. If it is not yours, you can tell people to stop looking; however, if they don't stop looking and find another ball you are still obligated to identify that ball. Once you have played your provisional ball from a spot that is where the original ball is likely to be or nearer to the hole than where your original ball is likely to be, you are off the hook - the provisional ball is now in play and your original ball is deemed lost, even if someone finds it.

The purpose of playing a provisional ball is to help speed up play so that the player, when finding his ball lost or out of bounds, does not have to go all the way back to the spot where he last played from. Not only does this help to speed things up, but it helps the player avoid the embarrassment of going all the way back and having to play another shot right in front of the group that is following while they stand there with their hands on their hips mentally cursing him out for slowing down the works!

Remember, it pays to know the Rules. Knowing the Rules of Golf can help you save strokes and enjoy the game of golf.

Tournament Handicaps

In order to participate in VGA and VSWGA 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.

We understand that situations can change and some folks may make the decision to forgo a golf course membership for one reason or another. Should you find yourself in this situation, you can still keep your handicap active by becoming a member of the Lakeside Golf Club. Click here for more information. If you have any friends in this situation, please pass this information along to them as well.
2017 US Senior Open Championship

Have you ever wondered what it feels like to experience a National Golf Championship up close and personal? Here is your chance! Online volunteer registration for the 2017 U.S. Senior Open Championship, conducted by the United States Golf Association (USGA) and to be held at Salem County Club, June 26-July 2, 2017, is now open.

More than 2,800 volunteers are needed to fill positions on more than 28 committees, including marshals, transportation, leader boards and merchandise. Early submission of the application allows volunteers to specify their committee preference. Interested volunteers should visit A full description of committee responsibilities is provided on the website to assist volunteers in determining their preferences.

Member Clubs Special Events

Throughout the summer our Vermont member clubs host various golf events that are open to the public, both men and women. For more information about these events, dates and entry forms, check them out at our Member Clubs Special Events page.

Member Clubs Special Golf Offers

Vermont Golfers have two great savings opportunities for golf in 2017:

  • The 2017 Golf Value Book VIP Card for $27
    Special Rates at 30 Courses
  • The 2017 Golf Valuel Book Punch Pass for $197.00
    24 free rounds of golf
For more information on either the VIP Card or the Punch Pass - click here!

GHIN Handicap Benefits

One of the benefits of having a GHIN handicap issued through a Vermont club is that you are entitled to receive two great e-Magazines at no charge. The GLOBAL GOLF POST is a weekly e-magazine published every Monday with all the results from the past week's golf tournaments, both Amateur and Professional, along with some great human interest golf stories. The GRAIN is dedicated to the Major Championships and is published 6 times throughout the summer. There is a early season kick-off issue, issues immediately preceding the Masters, US Open, British Open, PGA Championship and in the fall, the Annual Travel Issue is released.

If you are not receiving the Global Golf Post or The Grain, you can sign up by clicking here.

VGA On-line Store

Looking for some gifts for your favorite golfer, or even for yourself? We have tee shirts, headcovers, caps, towels and even some gag gifts - embroidered toilet paper!!
Click here to visit our VGA Online Store!

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