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Local Roundup: Vermont Open golf tourney back on schedule, but may still be canceled

  • Chris Wiatr goes over his scoresheet while waiting to tee off on hole four at the Woodstock (Vt.) Country Club during the Vermont Open on Wednesday, June 19, 2019. (Valley News - James M. Patterson) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

  • Chris Wiatr celebrates a chip onto the fourth green during the Vermont Open at the Woodstock (Vt.,) Country Club, Wednesday, June 19, 2019. (Valley News - James M. Patterson) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

Valley News Staff Writer
Published: 6/20/2020 9:26:26 PM
Modified: 6/20/2020 9:26:24 PM

FAIRLEE — The Jeff Julian Memorial Vermont Open golf championship is back on the schedule, but it’s not 100% guaranteed yet that it will be held.

The Lake Morey Resort committed to staging the 54-hole tournament on Monday by opening registration for its rescheduled dates. The Vermont Open, which was originally to be held next week, was postponed to July 27-29 by the coronavirus pandemic and the state of Vermont’s associated travel restrictions.

In an email, Lake Morey director of golf Justin Bonnett noted that tournament organizers retain the right to cancel if they don’t get the necessary number of registrations by July 15. The email didn’t indicate any minimum field size; last June’s event began with 114 competitors.

Vermont Gov. Phil Scott’s state-of-emergency extension on Monday did loosen some restrictions that would have made holding the tournament next week all but impossible. Instead of having to self-quarantine for 14 days upon arriving in Vermont, out-of-state competitors can now quarantine in their home states for seven days followed by a negative virus test, so long as they drive directly from their homes in their personal vehicles. Alternatively, golfers could self-isolate for a week “followed by a negative test in a Vermont lodging establishment regardless of destination or manner of travel,” the revised order stated.

The tournament’s original date had been sandwiched amid state opens in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Maine, all of which were canceled by their respective state organizations. The new Vermont Open date dovetails with the final state championships of the summer: the Connecticut Open (Aug. 3-5, Ridgewood CC, Danbury), the Rhode Island Open (Aug. 11-12, Valley CC, Warwick) and the New England PGA Championship (Aug. 17-19, Myopia Hunt Club, South Hamilton, Mass., and Tedesco CC, Marblehead, Mass.).

Connecticut’s Chris Wiatr won last year’s Vermont Open championship with a three-round tally of 17-under-par 193.

WOMEN’S RUGBYDartmouth puts 11 on NIRA academic team

HANOVER — Eleven Dartmouth players made the National Intercollegiate Rugby Association’s all-academic team on Friday.

The Big Green group includes seniors Alex Conway, Maya Perkins and Allison Tang; juniors Margot Genereux, Kathleen Mulligan, Marin Pennell and Grace Player; and sophomores Sophia Haley, Kiera Jackson, Abigail Schill and Lily Waddell. Nominees for selection had to be at least a sophomore and either a starter or significant reserve with a minimum 3.30 grade-point average. They must also have played in at least 50% of their team’s games.

Harvard and Brown put had a league-high 13 players on the team followed by Bowdoin with 12.

Greg Fennell can be reached at gfennell@vnews.com or 603-727-3226.

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