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Roy Bates - Past President

Hometown:  Woodstock, VT

Golf Course Affiliation:  Woodstock CC

Background:  Native Vermonter; attended Oklahoma University, Norman Oklahoma.  Served in the US Navy 4 years; worked 35 years in the US Army Corp of Engineers Cold Regions Engineering Laboratory (CRREL) as a Research Meteorologist.  Played Woodstock CC on my father’s membership after World War 2 and on my own until present.  Played in many VGA events, including the Vermont Amateur and Vermont Senior Amateur.  In 1997 won the VTSGA Championship. President of the VTSGA for 4 years.

Reason for Involvement in the VGA:  I believed I should help support Vermont Golf.  Sponsored by Bill Hill and Dave Marchall to join the VGA in 1997.

# of Hole-in-Ones:  3

Steve Currie - Director

Home Town:  Springfield, Vermont

Affiliation:  Rutland Country Club

Background:  Native Vermonter, born in Springfield -- gone for Vermont from 1969 until 2005 on my career path, and returned to Vermont, to Rutland, in 2005.  After graduation from Springfield High School, I attended Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT.  After my sophomore year, I left school to serve in the U.S. Army and returned to Wesleyan after my active service, graduating with a degree in Psychology.  I was recruited by and worked for the Procter & Gamble Company from 1969 until 1994, starting in sales.  During my P&G years, I also attended UNH in Psych, and the U of Cincinnati for Business.  I moved into Advertising & Marketing, lived abroad in Finland, Spain and Puerto Rico, where I was General Manager of P&G Carribe. Upon return to the USA, I became a Division Manager, running first the beverages businesses and later the snack foods businesses.  Following P&G, I was President and CEO of Maplehurst Group in Indianapolis, IN and finally ran Currie & Associates consultancy for several years before retiring and moving back to Vermont in 2005.

Reason for Involvement in the VGA:  Golf has been an important constant in my life, from learning to play at Crown Point C.C. with my family and finding golf a great vehicle to both have fun and meet new friends during my many relocations.  While in Indiana, I responded to a need for collegiate golf officials, and attended several NCAA/USGA Rules seminars and schools which were jointly put on by the NCAA and the USGA and then served as a Rules Official at collegiate matches and tournaments.  My interest in the Rules continued after returning to Vermont, and when other VGA people became aware of my Rules interests and experience, I was invited to become a VGA Director.  I accepted that invitation not only because of my interest in the Rules, but because golf has been a very important contributor to my personal life and success -- and it felt very much like my time to give back to the game had arrived.

Holes in One: One.

Herb Eddy - Secretary

Hometown:  Ludlow, VT

Golf Course Affiliation:  Okemo Valley Golf Club

Background:  Native Vermonter, born in Rutland and currently live in Ludlow.  Attended Dean Jr. College and was on a National Championship soccer team.  Attended Springfield College for a BS in physical education and MED in guidance and counseling.  Worked as a science teacher and guidance counselor at Arlington High School for 6 years. Coached soccer and basketball.  Owned a grocery store in Chester for twelve years.  Owned a grounds keeping business for five years.  Worked at Okemo Mountain for 25 years as a teacher and ski school supervisor.

Reason for involvement in the VGA:  Started playing golf at Bellows Falls Country Club with a friend and was elected to the Board of Directors.  Then moved to Ludlow and became a member at Okemo Valley Golf Club.  While playing a lot of state days, met a few former directors and was asked to become a board member.  I really love to help the VGA in its mission of promoting the game of golf in Vermont and hope to stay involved for many years.

# of Hole-in-Ones:  2

Rick Fadden - Director

Hometown: St. Albans, now living in Essex, VT

Golf Course Affiliation:  Cedar Knoll Country Club.

Background: Raised in St. Albans, VT - graduated from BFA St. Albans - was an all state hockey and baseball player and also played football.  Attended a couple of different colleges, graduated from Vermont Technical College with a degree in mechanical engineering. I worked for IBM for sixteen years, in both engineering and management roles.  I have now been  employed by Rhino Foods as their operations manager since March of 2015.  I have also been a member at the Cedar Knoll Country Club since 2006, having served as league president many of those years.  My golf accomplishments are few, but the highlight has to be winning the member/member in 2016 - seeing your name on a plaque is a great feeling!

Reason for involvement in the VGA: Through several discussions with current directors and officers at various state days and tournaments,  I became interested in learning more about our association.  Giving back to the game that has provided me many professional and personal benefits is very rewarding.  I hope to maintain a long relationship with this association.

# of Hole-in-Ones:  2 (#11 at Enosburg Falls CC, and #6 at West Bolton GC)

Tom Lozen - Past President, Advisory Committee

Home Town:  Rutland, Vermont
Golf Course Affiliation: Kwiniaska Golf Club
Background:  Native Vermonter from Rutland, graduated from UVM and worked 31 years for IBM, retiring in 1999. Have been residing in South Burlington for the past 51 years.

Reason for involvement in VGA:  Learned the game starting as a caddie at the Rutland Country Club, continued to play and enjoy the game until John McDonough sponsored me for the VGA.  I have had four director terms and was elected President in 1983 with continuous service to the VGA for nearly 35 years.  It is a great organization and it is a chance for me to give back to a sport that I have loved nearly all my life.  I can currently Secretary/Treasurer of the Vermont Seniors Golf Association.

# of Hole-in Ones: 4 - most notably in Lanai, Hawaii!

Terry Manley - Director

Home Town:  Pittsfield, Vermont
Golf Course Affiliation: Green Mountain National
Background: I was born and raised in Michigan and located  in Vermont to work for IBM after graduating from Purdue  University. I am a GCA Certified clubmaker,and I currently  spend my summers working at Green Mountain National  and doing club fitting and repair for courses in the area. I  enjoy deer hunting and woodcarving in the off-season.

Reason for involvement in VGA: I learned the game of golf  as a young caddie in Michigan and as a clubmaker. My love  for the game grew after retirement and I decided to  volunteer my time to help grow the game of golf in  Vermont. Knowing several past and present Directors made  my decision an easy one.

Pat Murray - Past President

Home Town:  Waterbury, Vermont
Golf Course Affiliation: Country Club of Vermont
Background:  Native Vermonter, born in Springfield and currently lives in Waterbury.  Attended U of Vermont, worked 34 years at IBM & retired  in 1999. Served on Harwood Union HS School Board as Director and Chairman. Coached Junior High Basketball at Harwood Union HS,  coached Little League, past Director and President of Blush Hill Country Club, worked as a Golf Associate at CC ofVermont,  Little River CC, Pinehurst, NC, and The Carolina, Pinehurst, N.C.
Reason for involvement in VGA:  Started playing golf at age 11 with my father, fell in love with the game and was fortunate enough to run a Junior Program at Blush Hill CC.  The VGA impressed me with their commitment to growing the game of golf, their desire to involve young players in their Junior Program, dedication to funding scholarships for graduating seniors, the implementation of the First Tee National School Program and the many wonderful folks you meet through their events. I haven’t been disappointed since becoming a Director in 2008, it’s a great organization!!!!

# of Hole-in Ones: One hole-in-one in the late 80’s and one 300 game in bowling in the late 90’s!

Peter Pierce - Director

Hometown:  Manchester, VT

Golf Course Affiliation:  The Golf Club at Equinox.

Background: Teacher for 36 years, primarily Middle Level, coached soccer and basketball K-8. Married to Sue for 26 years with two children, Samantha 24 and Benjamin 22. Now self employed business owner and consultant to golf course superintendents on turf health and water management.

Reason for involvement in the VGA: I was asked to join the board by my good friend and golf buddy John Sobel and thought it would fit my current lifestyle!

# of Hole-in-Ones:  Still envisioning that first ACE!

Al Potter - Director and Past President

Hometown:  Williston, VT

Golf Course Affiliation:  Burlington Country Club

Background:  Native Vermonter who attended Lyndon Institute, Norwich University and served in the Army Corps of Engineers. Came back to Vermont and worked in the construction industry for 35 years. Past president of the Norwich Alumni Association and served as an Alumni Trustee. Past president of Burlington Country Club and currently on the executive committee of the New England Golf Association.

Reason for involvement in the VGA:I wanted to find a way to give back to the game I have enjoyed for over 50 years.

# of Hole-in-Ones: 6

Terry Rafter - Director

Hometown:  Proctor, VT

Golf Course Affiliation:  Proctor-Pittsford Country Club since 1983 and currently a pro shop employee.

Background:  Born in Niagara Falls, NY, moved to Rutland, VT in grade school, Honesdale, PA in high school and then back to Niagara Falls.  Moved to Proctor in 1980 and still reside there six months of the year.  The other six months are spent in Florida.  Retired from GE in 2009.  Started playing golf with my father at the age of seven at Rutland Country Club.

Reason for involvement in the VGA:  Enjoyed working at amateur golf tournaments and became a Director in 2011.

# of Hole-in-Ones:  While I have witnessed a lot of hole-in-ones, unfortunately none of them have been mine!!!

Roger Schoenbeck - President

Hometown:  Waterbury Center, VT

Golf Course Affiliation:  West Bolton Golf Club

Background:  Born and raised outside Cleveland, Ohio (I was there when the last championship  Cleveland team won in 1964!)  Played on the high school golf team until I wrecked my ankle on a motorcycle.  Went to college in Buffalo, NY and became active in golf as I was secretary/treasurer for the Western NY Municipal Golf Association and director to the Buffalo Golf Association.  Moving to Norwich, NY, I ran the Men’s Leagues for the local course before moving to Vermont in 1982.  I worked for Vermont Housing Finance Agency as CFO for 22 years before moving to Virginia for three years and traveled the country for Sallie Mae.  Desperate to get back to Vermont, I led the finance team at New England Culinary Institute, before opening my solo accounting practice in Stowe, Vermont in 2009.

Reason for involvement in VGA:  My friends at Kwiniaska (most notably Tom Lozen), got me interested in “taking my talents” to the VGA.  I originally served 6 years starting in 1994 and was “redrafted” in 2009.  I have always believed that we should all give something back in areas that we enjoy and it has been a pleasure to become involved in golf and the Vermont Golf Association.

# of Hole-in-Ones:  2 holes in one (one costly ace during the Club Championship at Kwiniaska.)

Rick Simpson - Immediate Past President

Home Town:  Williston, VT

Golf Course Affiliation:  Rocky Ridge Golf Club

Background: Native Vermonter who attended the University of Vermont.  Service Operations Manager at IDX Systems Corporation/GE Healthcare, retiring in 2010.  Medalist of 2012 and 2016 Vermont Mid-Amateur Championship. Winner, Vermont Senior Golf Association Championship in 2012 and 2016 and runner-up 2011 and 2013. Rocky Ridge Senior Club Champion in 2012 and 2013. Jekyll Island Golf Club (GA) Club Champion 2013, 2015, 2016 and 2017.  I am also a cancer survivor.

Reason for involvement in VGA:  My father was involved with the Vermont Golf Association for many years.  His commitment to the betterment of the game for all players as well as the influences the VGA has on golf throughout the state is the reason I followed in my father’s footsteps and joined the VGA.  There is a lot of personal satisfaction in being part of a group which has such a large influence on all aspects of the business of golf throughout Vermont.

# of Hole-in-Ones:  5

Bryan Smith - Director

Home Town:  Jay, Vermont

Golf Course Affiliation:  Jay Peak Golf club

Background:  Beginning at age seven until I was old enough to work - age 15 or so - I was living at Champlain Country Club in Swanton, VT, playing as much golf as possible from early morning to late afternoons.  Slowly through my teens, my level of play increased and I began competing in VGA and NEGA events on a regular basis.  My playing career took off in college when I finally obtained consistent, well-guided instruction for the first time in my life.  That’s not to say prior instruction wasn’t sufficient; I was simply too stubborn to listen or understand my issues at the time.  While playing NCAA Division III for Castleton University, I won Player of the Year honors once, won the 2006 ECAC title, made two conference teams, and had a number of medalist honors.  After college, I worked at Rutland CC from 2007 - 2010, with the last two years serving as the Assistant Professional.  During this time, I also played professional golf regionally.  After realizing the golf business wasn’t for me, I obtained my amateur status back in 2012 and began playing local, regional and USGA events.  I’ve since had multiple runner-up finishes in VGA majors, played in 3 USGA events and finally captured the Vermont Amateur title at Ekwanok CC in 2016.

Reason for involvement in VGA:  Through my experience in the golf business, I have a solid understanding for what it takes operationally, both daily ops and tournament ops and prep.  Through my playing career, I’ve gained a passion for growing the game and want to take that passion to the VGA to further increase participation throughout all events and create sustainability for years to come.
# Hole-in-Ones:  2 - #7 at Champlain and #3 at Rutland (from the red tees with a 7 iron - good story!)

John Sobel - Director

Home Town:  Manchester, Vermont

Golf Course Affiliation:  The Golf Club of Equinox

Background:  School - Adolescent Psychologist; Owner-Director Recreational Sports Camps on Lake Winnipesaukee, NH.

Reason for involvement in VGA:  Commitment to expanding the game of golf to children and young adults in Vermont through the First Tee Program and other initiatives.

John J. Wiegand, Sr.

Hometown:  Quechee, VT

Golf Course Affiliation:  The Quechee Club (past member of Woodstock CC 1967 - 1992)

Background:  Sponsored to the VGA Board in 1990 by Doren Jones.  Became a member of the New England Golf Association in 1992 and President of the NEGA in 2006.  Member of the Vermont Senior Golf Association since 1983.  Member of the New England Senior Golf Association from 1993 - 2008.

# of Hole-in-Ones:  3