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Posted: 3/21/02

Vermont Loses Two Great Ladies

Sadly, two ladies who have been very instrumental in the success of the VSWGA have passed away in recent months. Dolores Messier of Montpelier died last November 12th at the age of 98 and Virginia Pierce Smith of Rutland died March 8th at the age of 89.

Dot Messier was a very active member of the VSWGA serving for many years as it's Points Chairman during it's growth years when Thelma Reed, Marilyn Patton, Joe Ann Richardson among others were active as president and Loretta Lillie was active as the treasurer. Dot served as the hard-working and dedicated Points Chair for 27 years between 1969 and 1987 before the era of personal computers and spreadsheets.

She was a avid tournament participant playing in every state day regardless of "rain, wind, snow, and hail" except one (due to a death in the family) for a period of at least 27 years as of 1983 and did not miss a State Am or Seniors in that period.

Virginia Pierce Smith was not only active in the VSWGA serving as it's president in 1952, but she was also an excellent golfer and a 3-time state amateur winner in the 30's. She won the VSWGA State Amateur in 1932, 1933, and 1935 and was runner-up in 1931 and 1959. She was the runner up at the young age of 19 in the second championship ever held and the champion in the 3rd and 4th championships.

She also won the club championship at Rutland Country Club 6 times in 1928, 1930, 1931, 1939, 1940, and 1956 and runner up in 1934. She and her husband were also strong supporters of the Vermont Golf Association's Scholarship Fund. She was an avid golfer her entire life.

Both of these ladies will be missed in the Vermont golf world and should remembered for their contributions to the VSWGA which helped to make it what it has become today.