BBA's Dapron wins second straight individual title

MANCHESTER — Burr and Burton Academy junior Julia Dapron made some Vermont golfing history on Tuesday.

She won two state championships in the same year, winning back in June and then again this week as Vermont moved its golf season to the fall.

"Winning two state championships back-to-back is an amazing experience that not everyone is able to experience in their sports careers. It was a stressful, long, and tiring process, but in the end, all the hard work was worth it. Bringing home not only an individual title but also a team [runner-up] is an unbelievable feeling. It may be an even a better feeling than winning the individual title, because we did it together for our school, each other, and our coach," Dapron said.

Dapron won by three shots over Carly Giroux from North Country in June, then was two shots better than Giroux this week.

"Going into states I had made some swing changes, which caused a change in my confidence mentally with my swing, which is a challenging thing to have lurking in your head as a golfer," Dapron said. "But, I told myself that I was just going to give everything I had on that course and leave it all out there."

Dapron was even after the front nine with Giroux, but only had one double on the back nine to score the title.

"Towards the beginning of the match and even during the middle, I had a few hard holes. I told myself it was now or never, so I pulled it together and pulled through. Even though I did not play as well as last year, I am still proud of myself, but most of all I am proud of my team and our accomplishments," Dapron said.

BBA golf coach Cheri Blondin said that Dapron is committed to the game, playing more than a dozen times competitively over the summer.

"She loves the sport and plays it all the time," Blondin said. "It's very important to her."

Blondin wasn't in the clubhouse this year when Dapron finished her championship round, she was out on the course with another group of players keeping score.

"Before the round, she was very focused and in a competitive mood," Blondin said. "She was calculating everything she needed to do."

When Blondin came in, Dapron was in a joking mood, trying to convince Blondin that she had lost.

"Oh, I'm just kidding, I won," Blondin remembered.

Dapron said that a couple of years ago, BBA didn't have a girls golf team, so her victories have played a big role in the team's respect as a sport at BBA.

"Considering that before my freshmen year at Burr and Burton there was not a competing women's golf team, we have made a lot of progress and have a lot to be proud of. Although the golf team still has a ways to go in terms of respect at Burr and Burton, we are improving our title each time we bring home a win, let alone a championship."


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