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Posted: 8/15/99

Smith Fires 69 to Edge Allbright

The 1999 VSWGA Championship at Neshobe proved to be one of the most exciting tournaments in VSWGA history with a two-person battle developing between two exceptional young players - Libby Smith of Essex Junction and Kiersten Allbright of Meriden, NH. On Monday, both golfers scored even par 71's just two strokes ahead of Jeanne Morrissey of Williston. Tuesday's round saw Libby and Kiersten pull away from the rest of the field shooting 72 and 71 respectively.


On Wednesday, Kiersten saw her one stroke lead disappear quickly as Libby birdied the first hole. The day continued to be a back and forth battle which finally saw Libby reach the 18th tee with a slim one-shot lead. Kiersten's approach shot to the 18th green put her well within birdie range, however, undaunted, Libby stuck her approach to within 2 feet of the hole to all but clinch the victory. Kiersten made a valiant attempt at birdie, but missed leaving Libby with 2 putts for the win. She made her birdie to shoot a sensational sub-par round of 69 and win her first championship by two strokes. Great golf by both players!


Jeanne Morrissey, although unable to keep pace with Libby and Kiersten, finished a solid third with a three day total of 232. Former LPGA touring professional and newcomer to Vermont golf, Mary Anne Levins of Rutland finished fourth at 235. Former champion, Sheila Darrah of Copley finished 5th at 237. Low net honors went to Sandy Jarvis of Williston with a net score of 206 winning in a match of cards over Bonnie Heald of Rutland. The Buxton Trophy went to the Rutland Country Club.


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