In a joint decision between the Country Club of Barre and the Vermont Golf Association, the Vermont Amateur men’s championship has been postponed, pushing the annual tournament into August.
As Barre and VGA officials spent Monday assessing the par-71, 6,365-yard course, additional rainfall made the course unplayable. Originally slated to start Tuesday, the 107th event is rescheduled for Aug. 5-7 at Barre.
“The golf course is too wet to be played,” said Colin O’Brien, Barre’s assistant pro. “We were borderline as far as playable and the rain we got (Monday) just pushed it way over the edge.
“We tried to do everything we could, but we were left with no options other than to reschedule.”
The field of 101 golfers includes former Essex High School standout Evan Russell, who agreed with the decision to postpone after playing eight holes at Barre on Monday. Russell got caught in a 20-minute downpour.
“It’s a little disappointing, but it really wouldn’t have been golf. It was definitely a smart move,” Russell said. “It was just so saturated — greens were flooded and fairways were more like lakes.”
If the tournament went on as planned, “it would have just destroyed the course,” Russell said.