Manchester Country Club course record broken at NE juniors

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MANCHESTER — Massachusetts' James Imai broke the Manchester Country Club course record, firing a 7-under 65 in the opening round of the New England Junior Amateur golf tournament on Tuesday.

Imai, from Brookline, Mass., had a picture-perfect round, with seven birdies and no bogeys, including finishing his round with four straight birdies on holes 15 through 18.

Through 36 holes on Tuesday, Imai was leading at 9-under par after rounds of 65 and 70.

Providence, R.I.'s Patrick Welch was close behind, shooting a 70 in Round 1 before a 66 in Round 2 to get him to 8-under, one shot back heading into today's final round.

Massachusetts' Chris Francoeur and Connecticut's Jackson Fretty were five shots behind, tied for third.

The top Vermonter is Rutland's Jared Nelson, who is tied for seventh overall after a 1-under 71 in the opening round before a 72 in Round 2.

The final round tees off today at 8:30 a.m. at Manchester Country Club.

Crazy Club golf tournament

ARLINGTON — Last Sunday, there were five teams of four players who played an 18 hole scramble using just two clubs: their putter plus one other club of their choice. Three teams came in under par for the course.

With a score of 55 the team of Dennis Ayer, Richard Fannelli, Pam Clough and Paul Miller came out on top with a pair of teams two shots behind with a 57 (1-under-par for the course). After a playoff, the runner-up were Ron White, Gloria Howell, Josh Jones and Charlie Kenison. Placing third after the shoot out were Larry Rowe, Diane Meade, Louie Saluzzo and Tucker Withers.

On each of the Sundays when there is a tournament, there is a contest to see who can get closest to the pin from the tee on one of the 9 holes. Last Sunday's winners were Diane Meade and Paul Miller.

The next tournament will be on August 20 at the Arlington Recreation Center. It is the Cross Country Open Scramble. All are welcome to play. Be at the course by 8:30 a.m. to enjoy free donuts, coffee and soda. Bring all of your clubs this time! If you have any questions please call co-President Charlie Kenison at 518-854-3764 or Buffie Race at 518-791-4421.

Veterans golf tournament

MANCHESTER — The Vermont Veterans Golf Tournament Committee will host its 6th annual tournament designed to raise awareness of Veterans across Vermont.

The tournament, originally known as the Vermont Wounded Warrior Golf Tournament, will be held on Sept. 6 at The Manchester Country Club.

The tournament was intended to focus awareness on the needs of Vermont's wounded combat Veterans. It has evolved into an event that also raises money to assist organizations that provide services to all of Vermont's Veterans. Since the first tournament in 2012, the Committee has raised more than $200,000. One hundred percent of sponsor donations go to organizations serving Vermont Veterans.

Those organizations have included Vermont Veterans Home, Bennington County Meals on Wheels, Dodge House in Rutland, Veterans Outreach and Family Resource Center, Purple Hearts Reunited, and a fund to assist in the construction of a home for a Veteran or Veteran's family. In 2016, the tournament donated a total of $42,000 to assist these organizations. As examples, Bennington County Meals on Wheels was able to expand their service to veterans with funding for a walk-in freezer. The Dodge House was able to replace a failed boiler. Specific needs are often identified within the supporting organizations, and new requests are always considered.

On Wednesday, Sept. 6, the golf tournament will begin at 11 a.m. with lunch and opening ceremonies. Following a day of golf, golfers will be treated to a banquet and entertainment by the USO troupe. Governor Phil Scott will be the keynote speaker. Each golfer will receive a windbreaker, hat, and challenge coin. Entry fee for three golfers sponsors a Veteran as the fourth golfer.

Register a team, come out for a day of golf at Manchester Country Club, and support Vermont veterans. For more information email committee@vtww.org or visit website vtww.org.

Shaftsbury Youth Soccer

SHAFTSBURY — Southshire Youth Soccer is designed to put kids first and winning and egos second. It is meant to be a fun, engaging team opportunity for kids to learn about soccer and enjoy the game. If you haven't played in the past but would like to try soccer, we encourage you to sign-up.

Southshire Soccer runs from the first Saturday after Labor Day for eight weeks. This year the Kindergarten through third graders play each Saturday at 9 a.m. at Willow Park starting September 9 through October 28. Volunteer coaches introduce kids to concepts of soccer and the game.

Enrollment for players in grades K-3 will be open until September 9.

Players in grades 4, 5 and 6 participate on travel teams. This age level practices two evenings a week and have games on Saturdays either on our home field at Willow or Howard Park or in neighboring towns including Arlington, Cambridge, Manchester, Hoosick Falls and Greenwich. Practices for the 4th thru 6th grade teams start at the end of August with the first game played on September 9.

Travel team registration closed on July 25, however, there's limited availability at certain age groups.

For more information, please contact Melissa Morrison at 379-8292 or Mick Goldsmith at 447-0241. You can also send an email to norshaftsoccer@gmail.com.

Vermont soccer officials looking for new refs

LUDLOW — Anyone interested in becoming a member of the Vermont Soccer Officials Association and becoming eligible to officiate varsity and sub-varsity soccer games is encouraged to attend a training in Southern Vermont. The next training is being held at Whitcomb High School in Bethel, on August 26 at 8:30 a.m. The training includes learning the rules of the game, a test, and a field practice.

Interested men and women should contact Gary Blodgett at gblodg@comcast.net or call 802-558-3147 The cost of the program is $75, which includes the cost of the membership in the VSOA for this year. More information can be found at www.vermontsoa.com


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