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Middlebury College Senior Wins Vermont State Women's Golf Association Championship

A woman golfs.
Austin Danforth
Burlington Free Press
Middlebury College senior Chloe Levins won the Vermont State Women's Golf Association Championship on Thursday.

She had a seven stroke lead heading into the final round of play at the Vermont State Women's Golf Association Championship, and Chloe Levins was not about to let it slip away. 

In fact, the Middlebury College senior captured her first title championship eight shots better than her closest pursuer, defending champion Tiffany Maurycy, winning the championship on Thursday.

Chloe Levins joined VPR's Mitch Wertlieb to talk about the big win.

"It feels great," Levins said. She added that she was happy to represent Rutland and bring home the first Women's Amateur since 1952.  

"The front nine I was a little out of my comfort zone, being too comfortable in the lead," she said. "I like to feel pressure, and then when the lead got to two shots somewhere in the front nine, I felt the pressure again, and that's when I started playing better golf."

It was a challenging, rainy course.

"It was a tough course, it was playing a few shots harder I think, just because of the wetness," Levins said.  "Our golf ball didn't roll at all out there." 

Despite her big win, Levins saw some room for improvement.

"I'm happy with the way I played," she said.  "I wish I would have managed myself and the course a little bit better on the front nine.  But to finish even par on the last eleven holes is all you can ask for under the gun."

The 21-year-old competed in the same event five years ago and won second place then.  As runner-up in that competition, Levins lost by two shots.

A woman in winter gear.
Credit Michel Van Balkum, Courtesy
Chloe Levins will compete in the 2019 US National Biathlon Rollerski Championships.

Golf isn't Levins' only sport.  She'll compete in the 2019 US National Biathlon Rollerski Championships next week. 

"The summer nationals are on roller skis, so it's good simulation for snow skiing," she said. "It's a good way to gauge how your training is going over the summer.  And it counts a little bit toward qualification for early World Cups."

She said the races are important but that her primary goal is to have fun and take another chance to compete. Levins also said roller skiing can be scary. 

"There are no brakes on these skis and we go up and down hills," she said. "We can get up to 35 kilometers per hour. And we have a rifle on our backs."

Karen is Vermont Public's Director of Radio Programming, serving Vermonters by overseeing the sound of Vermont Public's radio broadcast service. Karen has a long history with public radio, beginning in the early 2000's with the launch of the weekly classical music program, Sunday Bach. Karen's undergraduate degree is in Broadcast Journalism, and she has worked for public radio in Vermont and St. Louis, MO, in areas of production, programming, traffic, operations and news. She has produced many projects for broadcast over the years, including the Vermont Public Choral Hour, with host Linda Radtke, and interviews with local newsmakers with Morning Edition host Mitch Wertlieb. In 2021 Karen worked with co-producer Betty Smith on a national collaboration with StoryCorps One Small Step, connecting Vermonters one conversation at a time.
A graduate of NYU with a Master's Degree in journalism, Mitch has more than 20 years experience in radio news. He got his start as news director at NYU's college station, and moved on to a news director (and part-time DJ position) for commercial radio station WMVY on Martha's Vineyard. But public radio was where Mitch wanted to be and he eventually moved on to Boston where he worked for six years in a number of different capacities at member station a Senior Producer, Editor, and fill-in co-host of the nationally distributed Here and Now. Mitch has been a guest host of the national NPR sports program "Only A Game". He's also worked as an editor and producer for international news coverage with Monitor Radio in Boston.
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