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Golfers hit the greens at Ekwanok Country Club in Manchester for the Win Hoyt Charity Golf Tournament on Wednesday.

MANCHESTER>>More than $12,000 was raised for scholarships and to help shelter the homeless by 110 golfers on Wednesday at the 25th annual Win Hoyt Memorial Golf Tournament.

In the past, the tournament paired up with the Chamber of Commerce, but this year all proceeds will benefit Burr & Burton Academy's Student Success Scholarship Program and the Bennington County Habitat for Humanity.

This is the first year the event was at the Ekwanok Country Club and saw the biggest turnout it ever had, said organizer Tony Hoyt.

"We love BBA and everything they do," Hoyt said. "My brother is also on the board of Habitat and we thought we would donate to two charities."

Cynthia Gubb, director of advancement at BBA, said the scholarship program will help students in poverty carve out a successful educational pathway by setting goals and helping achieve them.

The Habitat for Humanity has benefitted from the tournament several years in a row. The funds will help to build two houses in 2017, said Susan Sommer, executive director of the Bennington County Habitat for Humanity.

"It's really important and we're very grateful," she said.

The fundraiser was established in honor of Hoyt's uncle Winthrop who served as a director for the local chamber of commerce. Win Hoyt was a member of the Ekwanok and took over the Caddie Scholarship Program in 1970. He provided much leadership to the program until he passed away in 1989.


Previously the tournament was held at Manchester Country Club, Equinox Country Club, and Stratton Mountain Golf Course.

Those who participated consisted of community members and corporate workers. Sponsorship prices ranged from $500 to $2,000. Participants paid $150 to play and a foursome cost $600 while a corporate team cost $700. Registration included a green fee, car rental, luncheon prizes and evening hors d'oeuvres.

For more information on the Bennington County Habitat for Humanity visit To learn more about BBA's scholarship program, visit

Contact Makayla-Courtney McGeeney at 802-490-6471.