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Poirier hangs on to win Vermont Am

Staff Reports
Published: 7/10/2020 5:11:53 PM
Modified: 7/10/2020 5:11:42 PM

STOWE, Vt. — Garren Poirier never gave anyone a chance to rip the Vermont Golf Association state amateur championship out of his hands on Thursday. Well, almost.

The Rutland Country Club member and five-time Vermont Mid-Am champ won his first Vermont Am title at Stowe Country Club by one stroke over Mount Anthony’s Corey Jozefiak.

Beginning the 36-hole final day with a four-shot lead on Jozefiak, Poirier reached 17 under par at one point in the afternoon before settling into a winning 15-under tally of 68-64-69-72-273.

Jozefiak (72-64-71-67) put a scare into his playing partner late in the final round.

Poirier, who played Stowe’s back nine at an 11-under clip over the three-day tournament, double-bogeyed the par-5 14th to open the door. Jozefiak mounted a late charge, gaining five shots to par over the final eight holes, but even a birdie-eagle finish couldn’t overcome four straight Poirier pars to end the tournament.

Rutland’s Jared Nelson took third place at 11-under 277 (75-69-66-67). Kimball Union Academy graduate Evan Russell shared fourth place with Kwiniaska’s Sam Myers at 9-under 279.

Russell shot 70-68-76-65 for the week in his first tournament since regaining his amateur status last month. The morning 18 — during which he bogeyed more holes (six) than the other three rounds combined (four) — ended Russell’s championship hopes. he bounced back nicely in the afternoon round, playing bogey-free golf with seven birdies.

Wilder’s Jay Zanleoni, the only other Upper Valley connection remaining in the tournament, finished tied for 36th place at 304 (80-73-79-72).

Pleat in NH Am quarters

NASHUA, N.H. — The New Hampshire Amateur will crown a first-time champion on Saturday, and former Dartmouth College golfer James Pleat could be it. The Nashua Country Club member again ruled on his home course with a pair of match-play wins on Thursday.

Pleat cruised to a 6-and-4 win over Laconia’s Ethan Emerson in the morning round-of-32.

That set up his second all-Nashua match of the week in the round-of-16, an overtime contest with clubmate Eric McCoy that required 20 holes to complete.

McCoy took advantage of some uncharacteristic Pleat errors on the back nine of their match to extend it.

Pleat won on the second extra hole when McCoy sent a second shot off target.

Pleat will meet Hooper’s Ryan Kohler in a 7:30 a.m. quarterfinal on Friday. Winners advance to semifinal play in the afternoon. The 36-hole championship match is Saturday.

GIRLS ICE HOCKEYYoung returns to Hartford

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — Kylie (Ammel) Young, a 2002 Hartford High graduate and former star defenseman with the Hurricanes, has been hired as the school’s new girls ice hockey coach.

Young’s career as a high school player coincided with the elevation of girls hockey to varsity status in Vermont in 1999.

She guided Hartford to the VPA Division I finals in each of her four years, the last an overtime loss to BFA-St. Albans in 2002.

She also played field hockey, softball and one season of golf for the Hurricanes.

From there, Young competed at the NCAA Division I level in women’s hockey for three years at Connecticut’s Sacred Heart University; she transferred for her senior year to Castleton University and graduated from there in 2006.

A third-generation Hartford athlete, Young was twice chosen to play in the Vermont-New Hampshire Make-a-Wish All-Star Hockey Classic.

“I have seen so much of the ups and downs of this program,” Young said in a news release this week. “Right now the program is back at the base of the mountain, and there is nowhere to go but up. It will take a lot of hard work, both physical and mental, but I always liked a good challenge.”

A nine-year member of the Upper Valley Hockey Association board and a past youth hockey coach and referee, Young takes over for Bill Goldsworthy, who was 4-56-3 in three seasons with the Canes.

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