The Vermont Mid-Amateur Championship will be held August 12-15, 2021, at Brattleboro Country Club with entry deadline on Thursday August 5.

BRATTLEBORO, Vermont – If you are a 25-year-old Vermont male amateur (as of August 12, 2021), a legal resident of the state and a member in good standing with any Vermont Golf Association club, then you’re eligible for the Vermont Mid-Amateur Championship, to be held Aug. 12-15 at the Brattleboro Country Club in southern Vermont.

Actually, you can also play if not a resident, but a member of a VGA club for the past three years with an active GHIN handicap from that club. (Meaning at least ten rounds outside of major championship rounds in the last 12 months.)

The full details are on the VGA website, where you should register by the Thursday, August 5 deadline (by 11:59 pm):

If there are available spots after the deadline, those wishing to sign up can try for an additional $25, on top of the regular $125 entry fee.

The tournament can mean a lot of golf, beginning with a Thursday qualifying stroke play round. The field is then cut to the low 32 for match play beginning Friday, 16 on Friday afternoon, the quarter- and semi-finals on Saturday, and the final match on Sunday. That works out to six rounds for the two finalists.

Last year that was Taylor Bellemare of Mount Anthony Country Club and the winner, Ryan Porter of the Manchester Country Club, who battled to a 5-and-4 victory over the Neshobe Golf Club.

Entry in this year’s tournament also entitles participants to two practice rounds at Brattleboro for just a $25 cart fee.

Tom has written for scores of golf publications including a column focusing on luxury golf travel for American Airlines’ Celebrated Living. He's played everywhere from Iceland to Dubai and points between. His byline can be found regularly these days in Morning Read, The A Position, ClubLife, and Golf Oklahoma among others. He is the only member of both the Golf Writers Association of America and the North American Guild of Beer Writers, claiming regular research is required, yet seems to have no plans to stop, traveling the world to ferret out the best in golf and brews. Tom lives in southern Vermont and plays regularly, if not well, out of the Brattleboro Country Club. He still considers his greatest golf thrill playing 18 with Arnold Palmer, and having beers with him afterwards in the Bay Hill clubhouse, which Arnie bought. Tom's email is

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