Garren Poirier takes Vermont Mid-Amateur championship
Garren Poirier <br>(USGA Photo)
Garren Poirier
(USGA Photo)

WILLISTON, VT (August 21, 2016) -- In a tight final match two-seed Garren Poirier outlasted four-seed Bryan Smith 1 up to win the Vermont Mid-Amateur title at Williston Golf Club.

Throughout the match neither player led by more than one hole and with 14 holes remaining the match was still all-square. Poirier, who claimed the Vermont Mid-Amateur in the past won the 15th hole to take a 1 up lead only to have Smith tie the match again on the next hole.

With two-holes remaining Poirier took the lead for good by winning the 17th hole and then he closed out the match with a halve on the closing hole.

Poirier reached the finals thanks to a 5&4 win against six-seed Chip Ward. The match was all-square after the front nine until Poirier rattled off five wins in a row beginning on the 10th hole.

Smith moved onto the finals via a 19 hole win against 16-seed Jeremy Dolin. After nine holes Smith trailed 3 down before rallying to tie it on the 18th hole and then won it on the first extra hole.

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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