Russell Takes Lead at Delayed Vt. Amateur
Barre, Vt. — He’s doing it again.
Grantham’s Evan Russell shot a 2-under-par 69 to take the first-round lead at the weather-delayed Vermont Golf Association amateur championship at the Country Club of Barre on Monday. Russell — an Essex native who is representing Waterbury’s Country Club of Vermont — holds a one-shot lead on hometown competitor Eric Lajeunesse and CCV clubmate Brian Cain through the first round of the 72-hole championship.
Russell already has two significant accomplishments to his resume this summer, having won the New England Amateur at Killington’s Green Mountain National Golf Course last month and having shared the medal at his U.S. Amateur qualifier last week on Cape Cod.
Russell torched Barre’s back nine to the tune of a 5-under-par 30 to claim the first-round lead. The 2012 Kimball Union Academy graduate made the turn at 3 over, but his five-birdie charge — on five par-4 holes — gave him the early clubhouse lead.
Lajeunesse and Cain closed the gap as the afternoon wore on. A Spaulding High graduate and longtime Barre member, Lajeunesse birdied three of his final four holes to get his 1-under 70. Cain also had a profitable final nine, with three birdies against two bogyes.
Three golfers are tied at 71. Recent Hartford High graduate Zach Temple, playing out of Windsor’s John P. Larkin Country Club, is tied for 17th at 6-over 77 through 18 holes, and Hanover High grad Nate Choukas, representing Fairlee’s Lake Morey Country Club, shared 27th place at 8-over 79. Ben Hayes, of Lake Morey, is also in range of the cut at 9-over 80.
The top 40 golfers and ties after today’s second round will advance to a 36-hole final day on Wednesday.
The Vermont Am was supposed to be played July 9-11, but several weeks of warm, humid and wet weather forced the Vermont Golf Association to postpone to tournament until this week because of a waterlogged course.
Stacey to Canada Camp
Calgary, Alberta — Dartmouth College women’s hockey sophomore Laura Stacey has been chosen to join a field of 40 skaters for the Canadian national team’s development camp, scheduled to begin on Saturday and run through Aug. 18 at Markin MacPhail Center at Canada Olympic Park in Calgary.
Stacey was one of 24 forwards invited to the camp. A dozen defensemen and four goaltenders will also take part.
Stacey tied for the Big Green lead with 14 assists last winter and made the ECAC Hockey all-rookie team. The Kleinburg, Ont., native is no stranger to Hockey Canada circles, having won a gold medal at the U18 Women’s World Championship in 2012 as part of a 10-appearance history with the national program.
Of those in Calgary, 13 will be selected to join the 27-player senior team that will centralize in Calgary this winter to prepare for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Russia.