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Posted: 7/15/04

Reggie Parker Wins New Englands

Reggie Parker, 58, of Ekwanok Country Club in Manchester, Vermont has become only the third Vermont golfer in history to win the coveted New England Women's Golf Association Championship following in the footsteps of the legendary Mae Murray Jones  of Rutland ('59-'62) and Holly Reynolds  of Morrisville ('92).  Sue Horton of Essex was the runner-up in 1998 losing in a play-off the last time the tournament was held in Vermont.


Reggie took a 2-stroke lead over Kirsten Davis of Ocean Edge, MA into the final round, but it was Reggie's first round co-leader Alison Walshe of Vesper, MA who stormed back firing the low round of the tournament of 68 leaving the two players tied at 223 after regulation play.  Reggie was the winner after a 2-hole playoff which began on the 18th hole.  Both players bogeyed the 18th and the playoff continued on the 1st hole.  Alison's drive found a small hazard on the right side of the fairway and she eventually had a 10 foot putt to save par, but missed as Reggie two-putted for the par and the win.


Kori Goulet of Rochester, NH started the day five strokes behind Parker but pulled ahead mid-way during the round playing the first 10 holes in 5 under par.  Goulet finished with a 72 for a 224 total, just one stroke out of the playoff.  Dana Harrity of Ferncroft, MA finished in 4th place with a 226 total.


Andrea Brown of Williston, who was in 4th place after the first day of play, finished at 238 in a tie for 13th.  Kristin Turcotte-Mahoney of Rutland finished 29th at 249.  Other Vermonters to make the cut were:  Ginnie Vogel, 252;  Molly Aronsson, 257; Jeanne Morrissey, 260; Ginny Thompson, 261; Catherine Shomo, 266; and Patricia Haas, 267.


Another Vermonter, Ginnie Vogel of Crown Point, captured the Legend championship with a score of 253.  Last week, Ginnie was the runner-up to Reggie in the Seniors' Championship at Crown Point and also won the Super Senior trophy in that event..  In addition to being the overall NEWGA champion, Reggie was also the Senior Champion while Alexandra Caffrey of Rhode Island was the Junior Champion.  Alison Walshe won the Eaton Memorial Trophy with a 63 (ringer score).  Massachusetts captured the Cartin thophy with a total score of 636.  New Hampshire was second with a score of 653.


In an unlikely coincidence, two players playing in the same group scored holes-in-one.  Joanne Catlin of Winchendon, MA aced the 12th hole.  Three holes later, Nancy Murphy of Quashnet Valley, MA aced the 15th hole.


Reggie Parker has stormed into the Vermont golf scene  with back-to-back victories in the Ruth Raymond Jones Seniors' Championship at Crown Point last week and now this dramatic victory over much younger players in the New England Championship.  


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