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Posted: 6/22/02

Smith, Bowes in NEWGA Top Ten

Libby Smith of Alburg, three-time VSWGA state amateur champion, finished in a tie for fourth place Thursday at the Portsmouth Country Club in New Hampshire. Libby fired rounds of 72-77-79 for a total of 228 achieving her best NEWGA finish. She was tied for 12th in last year's tournament.


Margie Bowes of Mt. Anthony also cracked the top ten with a 9th place tie shooting rounds of 75-78-81 for a 234 total. Margie's best NEWGA finish was a tie for 5th at Sugarloaf in 2000.


Only two other Vermont players survived the 36-hole cut. Ava LaLancette of Essex finished with a 252 total while Kathy Allbright of Crown Point ended with a 267 total.


The championship was won by Laura Shanahan-Rowe of Stonebridge Country Club in Goffstown, NH firing a final round of 68 for a total of 209 and a 5-stroke win over last year's champion Abby Spector of Waterville, Maine. Haley Gildea, a junior player from Rhode Island, was third with a 220 total. Haley held the first round lead with a 69.


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