Women's Amateur tournament begins Monday

BARRE — The Country Club of Barre is host to this year's women's amateur golf championship. A field of about 45 players is scheduled to tee it up for the three-day tournament beginning Monday. Play concludes on Wednesday.

Holly Reynolds of Copley CC will be on the hunt for her 9th state title, having won in 1989-93, 2010, 2012, and 2016. Tiffany Maurycy of

Killington Golf Club, runner-up in 2015 and 2016, is seeking her first win.

Sheila Darrah of Copley CC, a 3-time winner, is in the field, along with 2004 champion Andrea Brown of Alburg Golf Links, and 2005 champion Reggie Parker of Green Mountain National GC. Last month, Parker won her 9th Seniors title at the Country Club of Vermont, finishing seven strokes ahead of runner-up Liz Walker of Brattleboro CC and tying the record set by Mickie LaCroix back in 1978-88.

Other contenders for this year's state title include most of the top-10 finishers from 2016: Mary Brush of Burlington CC, Mandy Milne of CC of Vermont, Jeanne Morrissey of Williston GC, Carson Laderoute of Burlington CC, Kathy Kemp of CC of Barre, Kristin Mahoney of Rutland CC, and the 2016 Junior Champion, Katie Goulet of Newport CC.

Southshire Youth Soccer

SHAFTSBURY — Southshire Youth Soccer is designed to put kids first and winning and egos second. It is meant to be a fun, engaging team opportunity for kids to learn about soccer and enjoy the game. If you haven't played in the past but would like to try soccer, we encourage you to sign-up.

Southshire Soccer runs from the first Saturday after Labor Day for eight weeks. This year the Kindergarten through third graders play each Saturday at 9 a.m. at Willow Park starting September 9 through October 28. Volunteer coaches introduce kids to concepts of soccer and the game.

Enrollment for players in grades K-3 will be open until September 9.

Players in grades 4, 5 and 6 participate on travel teams. This age level practices two evenings a week and have games on Saturdays either on our home field at Willow or Howard Park or in neighboring towns including Arlington, Cambridge, Manchester, Hoosick Falls and Greenwich. Practices for the 4th thru 6th grade teams start at the end of August with the first game played on September 9.

Travel team registration closed on July 25, however, there's limited availability at certain age groups.

For more information, please contact Melissa Morrison at 379-8292 or Mick Goldsmith at 447-0241. You can also send an email to norshaftsoccer@gmail.com.

Vermont soccer officials looking for new refs

LUDLOW — Anyone interested in becoming a member of the Vermont Soccer Officials Association and becoming eligible to officiate varsity and sub-varsity soccer games is encouraged to attend one of two trainings in Southern Vermont. The first training is at Black River High School Cafeteria on Wednesday, August 2 at 6 p.m. The second training is being held at Whitcomb High School in Bethel, on August 26 at 8:30 a.m. The training includes learning the rules of the game, a test, and a field practice.

Interested men and women should contact Gary Blodgett at gblodg@comcast.net or call 802-558-3147 The cost of the program is $75, which includes the cost of the membership in the VSOA for this year. More information can be found at www.vermontsoa.com

Goldsmith tournament

BENNINGTON — The annual Lee Goldsmith Memorial Soccer Tournament will take place on August 12 at Willow Park.

Players have to be enrolled in high school as of September and only all-male or co-ed teams are allowed.

Each team has six field players and a goalie and with no-offside rules and large goals, there will be lots of action and goal-scoring.

The cost to participate is $10 per player and teams must register on the morning of the tournament by calling or texting MAU boys soccer coach Mike Molloy at 802-375-4006. Check in will start at 10 a.m. at Middle Willow.


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