Eric Lajeunesse wins Vermont Mid-Amateur
-Story courtesy of the Vermont State Golf Association

JAY, Vt. (August 25, 2014) — The final match of the Vermont Mid-Amateur was a great battle between two fine competitors — Eric Lajeunesse and the 2013 defending Mid-Amatuer champion, Frankie Sanborn.

In the end, it was Lajeunesse coming out on top to win the title.

It was a close battle all morning, going back and forth with Lajeunesse grinding to keep the “ups” on his side. Sanborn was equally tough and was not about to give up easily. A pivotal hole turned out to be the seemingly benign 15th hole that caused many of the players this week to walk of the green scratching their heads.

Sanborn had just won three of the four prior holes getting back to only one-down after falling to three-down after the 10th hole. With the honor on the 15th tee, Sanborn hit a solid shot, laying up on a hole that was short enough to entice players to try to drive the green. Lajeunesse then stepped up to the tee and hit a shot that never cleared the hazard and went deep into the woods green-high. His ball hit a tree about 20 yards in the woods, then hit something else and shot out sideways landing in the green side bunker. Lajeunesse then proceeded to hit his bunker shot to within three-feet of the hole, made birdie, and won the hole getting back to two-up.

Sanborn could have let this knock the wind out of his sails, but he fought back to win the 16th hole getting back to only one-down. The par-three 17th hole decided the match when Sanborn's tee shot found the front bunker and he was unable to get up and down for his par.

Lajeunesse's par sealed the deal and he won the match 2-and-1.

ABOUT THE Vermont Mid-Amateur

Residents of Vermont must be a member of a club of the VGA. Non-residents must be members of a VGA member club for the past three years, has an active GHIN handicap issued by a Vermont Golf Association member club and has posted a minimum of 10 rounds of golf in the last 12 months outside of the major championships at any VGA member club. Format is 18 holes of stroke play qualifying with the low 32 advancing to match play.

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