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Poirier wins again at Vermont Mid-Amateur
Sugarbush GC (VGA photo)
Sugarbush GC (VGA photo)

WARREN, Vt. (Aug. 20, 2018) – With a birdie on the first playoff hole, Garren Poirier became the Vermont Mid-Amateur champion. Poirier led for much of his final match against Bryan Smith before he lost his advantage with a bogey at the last and the match went to a playoff.

Poirier had three birdies in the final match at Sugarbush Golf Course. A birdie at the first had Smith playing catch-up for most of the day. This scenario has played out before. Poirier also won this championship in 2016, and he met Smith in the final match that year, too. In addition to 2016, Poirier also won this title in 2012 and 2015.

Poirier never really had a runaway match in his path to the championship. He defeated Eric Lajeunesse, 2 and 1, in the semifinals and Troy Goliber, 3 and 2, in the quarterfinals. Poirier had the No. 3 seed on the bracket.

A resident of Killington, Vt., Poirier played college golf for Temple University. He is a wedding photographer, and has appeared in a handful of USGA events, including the 2014 and 2016 U.S. Mid-Amateurs.

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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