BRATTLEBORO, Vermont – The first major tournament of the season in Vermont, the 115th playing of the Vermont Amateur Championship, will take place at the Williston Golf Club July 6-8. But registration for exempt players and those looking to qualify ends at 11:59 pm on June 3. So interested players need to sign up quickly at the Vermont Golf Association website
The tournament is open to any male golfer who is a legal resident of Vermont, belongs to a member club of the VGA, and has an active GHIN handicap issued by that club. (Additionally, non-Vermont residents can qualify, if they have belonged to a VGA member club for the last three years, have an active GHIN handicap at a member club and at least ten rounds at member clubs in the last 12 months.)
There are four qualifying rounds:
* Tuesday, June 8, Rutland Country Club
* Sunday, June 13, Country Club of Barre
* Sunday, June 20, Neshobe Golf Club
* Thursday, June 24, Rocky Ridge Golf Club
The Vermont Amateur is one of the oldest state amateur tournaments in the country. Since Paul Waterman won the first amateur title in 1902 at the Ekwanok Country Club, the tournament has been held continuously except for the war years. For the first time last year the tournament prize was renamed the Dave Pfannenstein Memorial Trophy, to honor the late executive director of the VGA, who died of complications from COVID-19 last spring.
Last year’s Championship was at the Stowe Country Club. Garren Poirier, playing out of Rutland Country Club, hoisted the Pfannenstein trophy, edging Cory Jozefiak (Mount Anthony Country Club) by one stroke.