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Posted: 9/29/11

Vermont Sends Team to USGA State Team Championship


The Landings Club Savannah, Georgia

October 4-6, 2011

The USGA Women’s State Team Championship is held every two years and is open to amateur golfers in the state represented and whom the VSWGA Committee has nominated. Teams shall consist of no more than three players; however, two players may represent a state. The USGA Women’s State Team Championship traditionally has a field of teams from some 40 states. Each state is invited to send it’s three best non-collegiate players. On each day of competition, only the best two scores of each state’s three players are counted. At the end of the competition, the state team with the lowest score will be declared the winner.

Championship History: The USGA Women’s State Team Championship, like the men’s version, grew out of the 1995 celebration of the USGA Centennial and was fashioned after the biennial World Amateur Team Championship. Forty-three states , including Vermont, sent women’s teams to compete at the Lake Buena Vista (Fla) Club. Vermont's first team was Mary Beth Birsky, Cindy Paquet, and Ann Waters. The winning team in the inaugural tournament was from Pennsylvania and included nationally acclaimed amateur golfer Carol Semple Thompson. The first championship proved to be such a popular competition that the decision was made to conduct the tournament every two years. A record 45 teams (not including Vermont) participated in 1997, when the championship was won by Alabama. Florida won the 1999 and 2003 championships while Minnesota won in 2001. Vermont participated in it’s second championship in 2003 represented by Libby Smith, Andrea Brown and Mari Harter. Libby finished in third place in individual play behind Emily Bastel and Carol Semple Thompson. In 2005, the team was Andrea Brown, Kristin Mahoney, and Elizabeth Walker. In 2007, Vermont was represented by Elizabeth Walker, Deirdre Morris, and Nancy Gorham-Lasante.

Team selection is based on (but not limited to) the following:

• Collegiate players are not eligible.

• Participation/performance in the Amateur, Mid-Amateur, Seniors, Match-Play, Tri-States, NEWGA and State Days.

• Recent winners of home course Club Championship

This year's Vermont team will be Holly Reynolds of Copley, Susie Bremner of Rocky Ridge, and Shelly Yusko of Quechee.  Holly Reynolds won a record tying  five straight championships between 1989 and 1993 before turning professional.  She regained her amateur status a few years ago and has since won both the state amateur championship and the mid-amateur championship in the same year (2010).  This year, she was the runner-up in the mid-am and third in in the state am.  Many people may not be aware of Holly's other life as a stand-up comedian.  She has performed at open-mike sessions in the Burlington and Morrisville areas and has also entertained the competitors at both the Tri-States and the state championship at Rutland.  No doubt that "Mavis" and "Earlene" will be accompanying the team to Savannah.

Susie Bremner has been the club champion at Rocky Ridge many times over the years.  She finished second in the Seniors' Championship in 2009 and 2010 and finished 4th this year at St. Johnsbury Country Club.  She was fifth in this year's Mid-Amateur Championship at Neshobe.

Shelly Yusko is a massage therapist and owns the Strong House Spa in Quechee.  She finished tied for 3rd in the 2009 Mid-Amateur Championship.  This year, she was tied for 20th and 22nd at the State Amateur Championship and the Mid-Amateur Championship respectively.

The USGA State Team Championship will be held at the Palmetto Course at The Landings on Skidway Island near beautiful and historic Savannah, Georgia.  The Palmetto course is considered the most difficult of the six courses at The Landings featuring well-bunkered, undulating greens.  The course will play at 6067 yards and par 72 for the championship.  The team from the host state of Georgia won the championship two years ago.

Shely Yusko, Holly Reynolds, Susie Bremner

Savannah is a lovely and historic southern city established in 1733 and located just a hour south of Hilton Head on the Savannah River.  Today, it is an industrial center and a bustling seaport.  Its downtown features 22 park like squares surrounded by historic homes and churches.  One of the homes is the birthplace of Juliette Gordon Low, the founder of the Girl Scouts.  Another is the house where the movie "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil" was filmed.  The old cotton trading district features  buildings where manufacturing, warehousing, and trading took place in the late 19th century and the early 20th century.  Many of these buildings have been taken over and refurbished by the Savannah College of Art and Design.  The famed River Walk in this district features many quaint shops and funky restaurants along the Savannah River where you can watch the huge container ships go by.  The best shop is the pecan praline shop which gives out free samples fresh from the oven.

Good luck to the team and have a great time in Savannah.  The team will tee off the 10th hole on Tuesday between 12:15 and 12:33 and off the first tee between 7:40 and 7:58 on Wednesday.  They will be paired with the team members from North Dakota and Puerto Rico.