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VT Amateur Set to Tee Off

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BURLINGTON, Vt. - Hundreds of the state's top golfers will be descending on Burlington Country Club tomorrow for the start of the Vermont State Amateur men's golf championship. Members of the Vermont Golf Association were busy today getting the course ready for tomorrow's first round. Evan Russell is the defending champ, but a repeat title won't be easy as he goes up against former champions and a crop of young hungry players that should make for a great three days of competition.

"We've got some young players that are still in high school that have the opportunity to showcase their talents,"  VT PGA Director, Dave Pfannenstein said.  "It should be very exciting and the golf course is in wonderful condition. This is probably the best shape Burlington Country Club has ever been in. The golf course is just fabulous."

This year also marks the 50th anniversary of the Vermont Golf Association scholarship fund. Each year, the VGA awards scholarships to at least ten high school students moving on to secondary education. Those students receive one-thousand dollars a year for four years. There are currently 46 students receiving scholarships and overall, the VGA has awarded $1.2 million in scholarship funds to Vermont students. Their biggest annual fundraiser is coming up on August 7th...a one day scramble tournament at Proctor-Pittsford.

"The clubs and the board of directors are proud of and passionate about it,"  Pfannenstein said. "This 50th anniversary gives us a special opportunity to increase awareness and hopefully raise funds that will keep giving out more scholarships and more money."
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