Wednesday, August 7th
BARRE, Vt. -- Last month, Essex Junction's Evan Russell became just the third Vermonter to win the New England Amateur Golf Championship. Russell battling to a one shot win at Green Mountain National in Killington.
Today, Russell capped an unforgettable summer by claiming the Vermont Amateur title at the Country Club of Barre.
Russell entered the 36-hole final day at five under. He had a two shot lead over Eric Lajeunesse and a three shot advantage over Bryan Smith. They were the only three players who entered the final day under par.
Russell was steady and consistent in his morning round. Just one birdie and one bogey, an even par 71 to remain at five under. Lajeunesse and Smith tried to put pressure on Russell, but both players posted rounds of one over 72 in the morning and so Evan's lead incresed to three shots heading into the final 18.
Lajeunesse struggled in the final round, a nine over 80 to finish at seven over par for the tournament.
Smith had a wild final 18 holes, two birdies, an eagle and four bogeys, that resulted in an even par 71 to finish one under.
Russell just didn't let the door open for a challenge. He grinded out another consistent round, two birdies...two bogeys...14 pars, and another even par 71 to finish at five under good for a four shot win and the Vermont Amateur title.
Smith was second, the only other player to finish under par. Lajeunesse would up third, with Garren Poirier and Zach Newland rounding out the top five.
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