Vermont Golf Association
PO Box 1612 • Station A • Rutland, VT 05701-1612
2017 Vermont Tri-State Team
The Tri-State competition is an annual event pairing top players from Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine in an individual and team match play format over 3 days. Since it's inception in 1935, New Hampshire has dominated the event, wining 42 times to Maine's 18 and Vermont's 14. Each team consists of 10 open division players, as well as 4 seniors and the Executive Director and another VIP.
In 1935, America was trying to recover from the Great Depression, which hit the northeast later and longer than the rest of the country. New England was looking for anything it could do to move beyond depression – both economically and emotionally.
Golf helped. It eased the burdens, and brought like-minded folks together. It seemed to make life more normal and bearable. Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island had started their own Tri-State matches in 1907 and despite the economic woes, the championship continued throughout the depression.
For those farther north, life was still tough, but as always, golf brought people together and forged bonds that proved to be unbreakable. In 1935, Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont came together to form their own Tri-State matches. The first year, 1935, New Hampshire hosted at Manchester Country Club, and New Hampshire won. The second year, Rutland Country Club in Vermont hosted, and Vermont won. The third year, Augusta Country Club in Manchester, Maine, hosted, and Maine finally won. The format has varied slightly over the years, with the home state determining the format for the first round on Saturday. Always, though, it’s a four-ball competition with Maine playing against Vermont against New Hampshire – a three-way match with partners from each state earning one point for a victory against each of the other two opponents.
The following players have been selected to represent Vermont for 2017: