Central Vermont leaders instrumental in assigning day of
Enacted by a joint resolution by the Vermont State Senate and
The House of Representatives April 19 was designated as Vermont
Golf Day because of its importance to the state in helping sustain
a four season economy. Based on a 2005 economic impact study the
game of golf contributes over $110 million each year to the
Vermont's economy. Every year, golfing events in Vermont raise in
excess of $2 million for charities throughout the state and nearly
2,000 workers are employed through golf.
Vermont Golf Day was the idea of David Soucy PGA General Manager
of Green Mountain National in Killington, Vt. and supported by
Senator Kevin Mullin of Rutland, Senate Pro Tem John Campbell of
Windsor and Representative Bernie Juskiwiecz of Cambridge.
Vermont leads the nation in the percentage of schools
participating in The First Tee National Golf in Schools program.
Golf is taught in physical education classes in 80 elementary
schools and Norwich University. Currently over 15,000 elementary
school children are positively impacted by the golf in schools
program. In addition to golf, children are taught nine healthy
habits and nine core values.
The Golf in Schools program is supported by a collaborative
effort between the Vermont Golf Association, The Vermont Chapter of
the PGA, Vermont State Women's Golf Association Vermont Golf Course
Superintendents Association and the Vermont Senior Golf
Association. These groups provide 75% of the one-time cost of
$3,240 to bring the program into a school.