Over 100 of the state's best golfers were on hand at the Burlington Country Club Monday for the opening round of the Vermont State Amateur men's golf championship.
The B.C.C. is hosting this event for the first time since 2003. Twenty one year old Evan Russell is the defending Vermont amateur champion as well as the reigning New England amateur champ. The former Essex standout is in the mix again after a first round three over par, 74 today. He's tied with his playing partner, two-time Amateur runner up, Garren Poirier and Russell's former Essex High teammate, Troy Goliber.
Others in the hunt after day one include reigning two-time Vermont high school Division 1 medalist, Drake Hull of Rutland High School.. Hull fired a two over par, 73. He's tied with another high school standout, Spaulding's Troy Evans, who finished second to Hull at the Division 1 championship this year. Hans Albertsson of Ekwanok, who won the Vermont Am four times in five years in the late 1980's and early 1990's is also two over par.
St. Johnsbury Academy's Alex Rainville is in great position after posting a one over par, 72. Barre's Eric Lajeunesse, who was third place in last year's Vermont Amateur, currently sits in third after an even par 71.
They are all looking up at two players who have come close to winning this event. Last year's runner up, Bryan Smith, playing out of Jay Peak and former Mount Abraham standout, Gregory Scott, hold the clubhouse lead after rounds of one under par 70. Round two continues on Wednesday with the final two rounds being played on Thursday.?
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