Morin Starts Strong, Slows Down on Day Two

KILLINGTON–"That was probably the most solid 18 holes of tournament golf I have played in quite a while."That is what Matt Morin said of his first round at the Vermont State Amateur Championship on Tuesday.The recent Lake Region graduate, along with Matt Stakus, shared the lead with a one under par 70 heading into Wednesday's 2nd round at the Green Mountain National Golf Course.Said Morin of the keys to his success on Tuesday, "I did not make any big numbers."I was calm and cool on the course, I did not three-putt and I did not shoot anything higher than a bogey."The second round would not be so kind.The youngster shot an 81 on Wednesday to fall well out the top spot."I was a little loose off the tee's and I hit three bad shots which cost me seven strokes. "You have to hit the fairway here or it is going to cost you. I ended up with two double bogey's and a triple."Morin isn't the only local golfer at the VT AM this year.St. Johnsbury's Alex Rainville was one stroke off the lead at the end of play Tuesday, Gary Shover of Lowell and Josh Briere of Newport both shot a 76, Barton's Nicholas Lussier was right behind them with a 77 and his brother Jon Lussier had an 84.Looking ahead to today's play Morin said, "I'm going to go out there and give it all I can and try to get as close to the top as possible."To keep abreast of how Matt and the rest of our local golfers are doing, go to for results and updates.