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Local women lead in golf play

Kim Wong of the Country Club of Barre and Molly Aronsson of Burlington Country Club each opened with rounds of 74 in the first round of play at the Women's New England Championship at Abenaki Country Club in Rye Beach, N.H., last Tuesday. Vermont placed two players in the top ten at the New Englands which concluded June 26 in Rye Beach. The Vermont pair stood tied for second place just two strokes off the lead set by Daria Cummings of Connecticut who fired a 72. In last year's New England play, Kim finished in second place and won the junior championship. Former champion, Reggie Parker of Ekwanok and Teo Poplawski of Champlain were tied for eleventh place after opening rounds of 80. Division II high school champion, Kristen Garabedian of Lake St. Catherine, shot an 82 and Catherine Shomo of Rutland shot an 83. Catherine will be sophomore at Sienna next year. Molly Aronsson, of Burlington Country Club, fired a final round of 75 to move up to 6th place with a three-day total of 232. Kim Wong of the Country Club of Barre finished in a tie for seventh slipping a bit in the final round with an 84 for a three day total of 236. Molly was tied with Daria Cummings at 66 for the ringer prize. Teo Poplawski of Champlain finished in twelfth place tie at 238 with Catherine Shomo of Rutland right behind her in 13th place at 239. Reggie Parker of Ekwanok finished in 15th place with a total of 241 and also won the senior championship. Division II high school champion, Kristen Garabedian of Lake St. Catherine finished in twenty-first place at 248. The championship was won by Mary Chamberlain of Massachusetts who fired a final round of 70, the low round of the tournament, to overtake Daria Cummings and win the title by three strokes with a total of 224. Daria and Sarah Whitney were tied for second at 227. Alexa Rancourt of Maine finished in 4th place with a total of 230. Alexa was also the junior champion.

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