VT High School Golf Making a Move

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Sophomore Josh Bates drives the ball off of the first tee at Champlain Country Club in Swanton for the BFA Bobwhites.

Sophomore Josh Bates drives the ball off of the first tee at Champlain Country Club in Swanton for the BFA Bobwhites.

Sophomore Josh Bates drives the ball off of the first tee at Champlain Country Club in Swanton for the BFA Bobwhites.

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The days of fighting for tee times with cabin fever filled golfers in the mud soaked grounds of March are over for high school golf teams in VT. 

A recent Vermont Principals’ Association (VPA) decision has put an end to the spring golf season and has instead moved the sport to a fall offering beginning in the 2017-18 school year. This marks the first time a VPA sport has changed seasons in decades.

BFA golf coach Chris Hungerford, also a member of the VPA Golf Committee, is all for this drastic change to the sport.

“Fall golf will be a big improvement to our program at BFA. Players will be able to play all summer prior to the season, which will mean more consistent, lower scores. Also, September weather in Vermont is usually much more conducive to golf than it is in May,” Hungerford said.

Even with golf now moving to a fall offering, high school students across the state will still compete in the spring 2017 season. 

Andrew Dieringer hits a chip-shot for the BFA Bobwhites on the first hole at Champlain Country Club in Swanton VT.

The switch is also designed to ensure that high school golf is no longer an afterthought in comparison with other sports offered.

Hungerford addressed this… 

“There tends to be more athlete overlap with lacrosse, tennis, and baseball than with football and soccer. Switching seasons [should] increase the number of players available to play on the team,” he said.  

High schools across the state will soon say goodbye to springs muddy fairways, and “hello” to fall’s dry playing conditions…

The BFA Mercury will continue coverage of this story…

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