Bryan Smith holds a commanding 36-hole lead at Vermont Amateur
Ekwanok Country Club <br>(Ekwanok Country Club Photo)</br>
Ekwanok Country Club
(Ekwanok Country Club Photo)
MANCHESTER, VT (July 6, 2016) -- A 2-under 68 moves Bryan Smith to 1-under and the top of the 36-hole Vermont Amateur leaderboard. Smith is the only player under-par at Ekwanok Country Club and he holds a six-stroke lead.

Smith, who began the day in a three-way tie for the lead, carded two birdies and two bogeys on the front nine to turn in even-par 35. On the back nine Smith birdied an additional three holes and bogeyed just one as he closed in 2-under 33. His homeward nine birdies came on holes 10, 14 and 15.

Logan Broyles will begin the third round in a distant second place at 5-over while Alex Rainville, one of the first round leaders, is in third with a 7-over total.

Eric Lajeunesse, Drake Hull and Garren Poirierr are all tied for fourth at 9-over. Stephen Richards was also part of the first round lead but struggled on Wednesday and fell back into a tie for seventh at 11-over.

Thursday marks the final day of competition at the Vermont Amateur and it will include 36-holes of play.


A trio of players share the 18-hole lead at the Ekwanok Country Club after shooting 1-over 71's. The group includes Stephen A. Richards, Alex Rainville and Bryan Smith.

Richards was able to reach the top of the leaderboard despite four straight front nine bogeys on holes 5-8. On the back nine Richards was a different player as he carded two birdies, an eagle and just one bogey.

For Rainville it was a mixed bag all day long and he ended his round with five birds and six bogeys. His birdies came on holes 1, 7, 10, 14 and 16.

Smith got as low as 2-under during his opening round at Ekwanok Country Club with three birdies and one bogey during his first 12 holes. Unfortunately, Smith struggled a bit to the finish with a bogey on No. 13 and a double-bogey on the 17th.

When tomorrow's second round begins 19 players will start play within four-strokes of the lead. Following the completion of play on Wednesday the field will be cut to the low 40 and ties, with the final 36-holes of competition set for Thursday.

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