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April 19 designated as Vermont Golf Day

Central Vermont leaders instrumental in assigning day of recognition

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.

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