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Return of Killington Junior Golf Championship highlights the expanded events calendar at Green Mountain National Golf Course

The return of the Killington Junior Golf Championship to Green Mountain National Golf Course (GMNGC) in 2013 is about more than golf. It's about economic opportunity.

The AJGA-sanctioned golf tournament featuring the top junior golfers from around the world is just one of the 27 tournaments and special events filling the 2013 schedule at GMNGC - and seven of those tournaments are new to the calendar this year. Town officials are hopeful that the ever-growing tournament schedule will continue to be a big score for the local economy.

"We are delighted to bring some of the country's best junior golfers and their families back to Killington this summer," said Seth Webb, Killington Town Manager. "The AGJA Tournament and the expanded event schedule at Green Mountain National Golf Course means excitement on the golf course and increased traffic for area businesses."

Last year's Junior Golf Championship brought over 360 players and their families to Killington, providing an estimated economic impact of $133,157 to the Town.  The Summit Lodge - the event's host hotel - was fully booked during the five days of play.  This year's tournament, scheduled July 23-27, will once again attract over 144 future players of the PGA and LPGA tours, representing dozens of states and different countries.  AJGA alumni include Tiger Woods, Phil Michelson, Paula Creamer and Vermont's own Keegan Bradley.

In addition to the AJGA, Green Mountain National will also host many new tournaments this season including the 85th Annual New England Amateur Championship on July 16-18. A field of 156 players, representing the best of all six New England States, will battle it out for this prestigious title. Also new this season is the Vermont Senior Amateur Championship on Sept. 4-5, showcasing Vermont's best senior golfers.

GMNGC will also host over a dozen charity golf tournaments, representing organizations such as the Vermont Achievement Center, the Vermont Grocers Association, the Killington/Pico Rotary, Rutland Region Chamber of Commerce and Vermont Alpine Racing Association.

New charity events include the Cairo Shriners' Outing, the American Cancer Society "Relay for Life," and a benefit for the Carly Ferro Purple Angels Foundation. In addition, The Foundry at Summit Pond is bringing back the Goombay Golf Classic to benefit the Teddy Bridges' Memorial Scholarship Fund.

Golfers can also expect the return of popular club events and activities including Thursday Night Twilight League, Wednesday Night Family Fun Night, the Killington Chamber of Commerce's "Wine & Nine" Golf Tournament, "Drafts and Drives" sponsored by Long Trail Brewing, Sunday "Scotch" Socials, and the s GMNGC Club Championship.

Throughout the U.S., golf is a major contributor to the American economy and Green Mountain National, the Town of Killington's primary economic development investment, is continuing to fulfill its original mission of fostering summer visitations to Killington from beyond commuting range. In 2012, the course generated over 17,000 rounds and held numerous special events, bringing thousands of people to Killington and generating millions of dollars in economic activity. Approximately 50% of Green Mountains revenue is generated from golfers outside of Vermont.

For more information visit www.gmngc.com or call (802) 422-4653.