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Posted: 8/8/03

Libby Makes It Five in a Row

Libby Smith of Alburg Country Club won her fifth consecutive VSWGA State Amateur Championship Thursday at Brattleboro Country Club by a four-stroke margin over last year's runner-up Andrea Brown of Williston Country Club.  Libby took a one-stroke margin into the second day of competition firing a one-under round of 71 to Andrea's 72.  After a somewhat uninspired opening six holes on Wednesday, Libby turned it up a notch and reeled off six straight birdies to shoot a superb round of 68 and open up a comfortable seven stroke lead over Andrea.  As it turned out on Thursday, she needed that seven stroke lead as Andrea pulled to within one stroke at one point during the final round.  Libby struggled with the treacherous pin placements a bit on the front nine while Andrea steadily gained ground, however, Libby was able to pull ahead again on the back to win by four strokes.  Both players played some excellent golf and were well ahead of the rest of the field.  Libby's 68 on Wednesday tied the tournament record of 68 shot by Holly Reynolds at Manchester in 1992.

Fifteen year-old Molly Aronsson of Burlington Country Club won the Junior Championship and finished in seventh place overall with a fine total of 245 which included a 76 in Wednesday's round.  This is Molly's first State Amateur appearance.  This is also the first year that the tournament has seen a significant contingent of junior players with five juniors entered in the tournament.

Mari Harter of Orleans and Kristin Turcotte-Mahoney of Rutland were tied at 239 for third place.  Mary Anne Levins of Rutland and Ashlee Marcell of Proctor-Pittsford were tied for fifth place at 240.  Check the Results page for a complete listing of the top ten.

The hotly contested net division saw Barbara Shiffler of Rocky Ridge take the low net title by one stroke over Eva Mastalos of Ralph Myhre and two strokes over Andy Sak of Neshobe and Brattleboro's Sherryl Libardoni.

The coveted Buxton Cup was won by seven strokes by Rutland Country Club over last year's winning Williston Country Club team.  Rutland placed three players (Kristin Turcotte-Mahoney, Mary Anne Levins, and Stacie Eaton) in the top ten.

Kathy Domenicucci and a happy Rutland team

receive the Buxton Cup from Liz Walker

Andrea congratulated by Frank Smith

and Libby congratulated by Ashlee Marcell

Andrea putts for par on 17

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