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Posted: 8/9/00

Libby Smith Wins State Amateur Championship

Libby Smith of Vermont National CC successfully defended her VSWGA State Amateur title today at Newport Country Club with a six stroke victory over newcomer Margie Mather of Mount Anthony. Unhampered by the foot injury which kept her off the golf course for most of this season, Libby fired rounds of 71, 72 ,72 for a three day total of 215. Combining her length off the tee with a short game which was sharp enough considering that she had played only a few rounds this year, Libby was able to hold off a second day charge by Margie and another newcomer, Tiffany Maurycy of Basin Harbor. Margie fired an excellent round of 70 (2 under par) on Tuesday for a 2-day total of 147 while Tiffany shot an even par round of 72 for a 2-day total of 148. Margie made a effort to catch Libby early in the third round, but Libby was able to stretch her lead to six strokes. Margie finished in second place with a total of 221, while Tiffany finished third at 227.


Margie, who is from Massachusetts, finished fifth in this year's New England Amateur Championship at Sugarloaf, Maine. Tiffany is a former New York state women's champion who moved to Burlington from Colorado last November. Last year, she was a quarter finalist in the USGA Women's Mid-Amateur.


Jeanne Morrissey of Williston finished in fourth place with a total of 237. Jeanne was last year's third place finisher and the 1998 Mid-Am champion. Kathy Allbright of Crown Point finished in fifth place with a total of 238. Last year Kathy's daughter Kiersten was the runner-up to Libby. Kiersten is now the assistant pro at the Quechee Club.


The Low Net prize was won by Cheryl Hoar of Burlington. Barb Schiffler and Ellen Sheffer, both of Rocky Ridge, were second and third respectively.


The Buxton Cup for the club team with the lowest total was won by Rocky Ridge with a total of 759, just 4 strokes better than the Burlington Country Club. Copley was third with a total of 774.


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This year's tournament featured a family with three generations of competitors. Shown below is Ava LaLancette, the leading junior player, with her grandmother Jean Neff and her aunt, Cathy Neff. Ava and Jean play out of Essex and Cathy is a member of Williston.

Libby Smith - Champion

Margie Mather-Bowes - Runner Up

Tiffany Maurycy - 3rd Gross

Jeanne Morrissey - 4th Gross

Kathy Allbright - 5th Gross