• Weather-related delays push back start time for Vermont Am
    By Bob Fredette
    STAFF REPORT | July 09,2014
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    BURLINGTON - Delays have pushed back the starting times of Wednesday's second round of the Vermont Amateur ... twice. At mid-morning, crews were busy clearing and chipping fallen trees after the host Burlington Country Club course was belted by thunderstorms and heavy rain Tuesday night.

    One by-product of re-shuffled pairings are two very interesting groupings; two virtually all-Rutland Country Club and all-Country Club of Barre foursomes were created.

    It wasn't by design, but it is very cool.

    "I tried to keep a lot of the threesomes together especially those that were playing well," said the Vermont Golf Association's Dave Pfannenstein.

    Pfannenstein had to break up several threesomes to create foursomes.

    The "all-Rutland" pairings at 1:40 p.m. will consist of Drake Hull (73 Tuesday), Bryan Smith (70), Frankie Sanborn (77) and Max Major (75). Major was the addition to the group. He is a former teammate of Hull on the Rutland High golf team that won the state title this spring.

    Major, Hull and Sanborn are Rutland members and Smith a former assistant pro there.

    At 1:50 p.m., defending champ Evan Russell (74), Garren Poirier (74), Hans Albertsson (73) and Alex Rainville (72) will tee off.

    At 2 p.m., Greg Scott (70) will be joined by Mike Coakley (former Spaulding star and former Country Club of Barre assistant pro), Eric Lajeunesse (71) and Troy Evans (73), who was added to the group. Evans and Lajeunesse are Barre members; Lajeunesse is a Spaulding alum and Evans a Spaulding senior.

    Those two groups will be in a unique position to root one another.

    The foursomes will go of two tees Wednesday in a quest to beat darkness.
    If there are any delays, Pfannenstein said they might have to finish Wednesday's round on Thursday, make the cut, and reduce Thursday's finishing play to 18 holes rather than the traditional 36.

    "If we have any more delays it will" be necessary, he said. "If we have to bring people in for lightning this afternoon we won't finish."

    The forecast is for some cloud cover but there was no rain on the radar at 10:56 a.m.

    One thing that has not changed: the tough wind that vexed players in the opening round is here once again.

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