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This year's Ruth Raymond Jones Memorial Seniors' Championship was a huge success.  The weather was perfect, which was a welcome relief after last year's thunderstorms in Rutland.  The St. Johnsbury Country Club was beautiful (but hilly) and in excellent condition.  The highlight of the tournament, however, had to be the entertainment at the banquet.  Mark Breen, of VPR weather fame, his wife, and two other women, performed golf-related songs (see the lyrics below) and 1960s’ songs, all of which resonated very well with the senior crowd. 


Oh, and the competition wasn't bad either.  Defending champion Reggie Parker took a slim two-stroke lead over Mari Harter into the final round.  Reggie got off to a slow start and Mari was able to draw even after two holes.  The pair was still tied after the front nine with Reggie shooting a 40 and Mari shooting a 38.  Reggie regained her two-stroke lead on the 11th hole as Mari had a double-bogey 6.  Reggie added another stroke to her lead with a birdie 2 on 12, but Mari came right back with birdies of her own on 13 and 15.  An unfortunate lie in the rough on the right of the 16th fairway cost Mari another double-bogey and gave Reggie a two-stroke lead.  Mari got one back on 17, so Reggie went into the difficult 18th hole with just a slim one-stroke lead.  Mari's second shot on 18 ended in a difficult spot in the back left bunker and Reggie was able to secure the victory by a three-stroke margin.  Reggie carded a 77 for a 150 total to Mari's 78 and 153 total.  This is Reggie's 5th Seniors' victory, winning also in 2004, 2007, 2009, and 2010.  This was Mari's first year of eligibility for the Seniors'.


Kathy Kemp continued her brilliant putting on Thursday, scored the low round of the day with a 75 and won the putting contest playoff against Mari Harter.  Kathy finished in third place with a total of 155.  Susie Bremner added an 83 to her opening 78 for a 161 total, good for fourth place.  Cindy Paquet ended in 5th place with a 162 total.  Jane Horton, Deidre Mahler, Mary Corey, Mary Jane Shomo, Diane Ewald, Kathy Allbright, and Nancy Gorham-LaSante rounded out the top 10 gross prize winners.


Phyllis Simon of Vermont National won the coveted low net prize with a net score of 130, just one stroke better than Linda Maney of Northfield.  Sandra Towns of St. Johnsbury and Janet Hayden of Williston were tied for third net at 133 with Sandra winning the match of cards.  Ellen Sheffer of Neshobe was 5th net at 135.  Ruby Gorham, Nellie Gillander, Alice Field, Diane Jones, and Iedge Hornsby rounded out the top ten net winners.

The host club of St. Johnsbury won the Pat Job Cup with a total 430, ten strokes better than Brattleboro.


Kathy Allbright, the VSWGA Rules Co-Chair, gave a lively rules clinic on Tuesday evening.  Richard Mihlrad of the VGA was there to assist and also present both days during competition to act as a rules official.  It was great to have him there and we appreciate his presence.

Thanks to Mary Lou Bell of St. Johnsbury for the photos below.


Posted: 7/14/11  Updated 7/17/11

Reggie Parker Wins 5th Seniors' Championship

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Back In The Fairway Again

Parody the the tune of "Back in the Saddle Again"

by Gene Autrey

Words by Mark Breen

I'm back in the fairway again

Out where the short grass is your friend

From the tee box to the green

It's the best place in between

Back in the fairway again

Driving on the range once more

Tottin' my 3 wood or my 4

Wouldn't it be nice

If I could fix my slice - and be

Back in the fairway again

Whoopie ti yi yeah I'll keep the ball in play

Back in the fairway again

Whooppie ti yi yo it's to the green I'll go

Back in the fairway again

Back in the fairway again

My days in the sand are at an end

No more fishing in the lake

No more bunkers by mistake

Back in the fairway again

I'll hit from the round no more

That deep grass won't be adding to my score

And the only woods I'll play

Are from Ping and Callaway

Back in the fairway again

Whoopie ti yi yeah I'll keep the ball in play

Back in the fairway again

Whoopie ti yi yo  it's to the green I'll go

Back in the fairway again


18 Holes

(parody – lyrics by John Denver) 

When you see me tee up, better step aside

A lotta men didn't, a lotta men died

I hook to the left, I shank it to the right,

I'll be searching for my ball 'til the dark of the night


You play eighteen holes, what do you get

Another day older and deeper in debt

Saint Andrew don't you call me 'cause I can't go

I owe my soul to the country club pro  

If I could keep it in the fairway, I'd be a happy man,

I'm usually in the water, the rough, or the sand.

I pitch it to the green, thinkin' I'm gonna score

But everybody ducks when my caddie yells, “Fore!”


You play eighteen holes, what do you get

Another day older and deeper in debt

Saint Andrew don't you call me 'cause I can't go

I owe my soul to the country club pro


Ocean Side, Sunny Side, Tuscon in the rain,

Golf is my life, but it sure is a pain

I leave my wife and my kids, 'cause I hear the call

Walk around cursing at a little white ball


You play eighteen holes, what do you get

Another day older and deeper in debt

Saint Andrew don't you call me 'cause I can't go

I owe my soul to the country club pro

Video of “Wind” Performance