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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 of the Judy Bell Trophy.

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.  Holly Reynolds, Shelly Yusko, and Susie Bremner represented Vermont in 2011 in Savannah, GA.

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

The 2013 USGA State Team Championship was be held at NCR Country Club in Kettering, Ohio.  The course played to a yardage of 6153 yards and a par of 73.   Vermont was represented by Shelly Yusko of the Quechee Club and Nancy Gorham-LaSante of Bellows Falls.  The team was short-handed because Dede Mahler of the CC of Vermont did not meet the residency requirements and a replacement could not be found.


2013 USGA State Team Championship

Posted: 9/21/13


NCR Country Club, Kettering, Odhio

September 17-19, 2013

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.  In 2011, she was tied for 20th and 22nd at the State Amateur Championship and the Mid-Amateur Championship respectively. She was tied for 15th in the 2013 State Amateur Championship. She represented Vermont in the 2011 USGA Women's State Team Championship in Savannah, GA.

Nancy Gorham-LaSante is a member of Bellows Fall CC.  She finished in the top 15 in each of the last three Seniors' Championship.  She fininished 23rd in this year's State Amateur Championship.  She represented Vermont in the 2007 USGA Women's State Team Championship.

This was the first year that all fifty states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico were represented since the tournament's inception in 1995.  Due to the potential for inclement weather, a 36-hole cut was implemented following the second round, with 27 of the 52 teams returning on Thursday.  Unfortunately, the Vermont team did not make the cut.  Even though Vermont was at a disadvantage with only two team members, they represented Vermont well and finished 50th out of the 52 teams.  

The New Jersey team won the tournament with a total team score of 446, three strokes better than the runner-up Florida team.  The defending champion team from Georgia finished in 7th place.  For more information on the tournament on the USGA website, click here.

New Jersey Team