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Left to right: Taking measurements to determine the winner for closest to the pin at Youth Services' 2015 Helicopter Golf Ball Drop are Caleb Linn, of PLC, Inc., and a Big Brother with Youth Services' mentoring program; Timm Harris, Youth Services board member from Guilford; and Youth Services' Administrative Director, Gail Bourque of East Dover.

BRATTLEBORO >> Youth Services invites area golfers to participate in its annual golf tournament at Brattleboro Country Club on Wednesday, July 27.

This is the 31st year that Youth Services has organized this tournament to support the safety net for youth in our community, making it one of the longest-running charity tournament in the area.

The event will kick off with a free lunch from noon to 1 p.m. The shotgun start for the Scrambles format tournament will take place at 1 p.m. sharp. Following the tournament there will be a banquet, sponsored by G.S. Precision.

The tournament's Hole-In-One Contest prizes are sponsored by Brattleboro Ford Subaru and include: 2016 Subaru Forester; a Kindle Fire; a $500 Visa Gift Card; and Nike Irons. Prizes will also be awarded for low gross and low net game scores, as well as for the Longest Drive and Closest to the Pin for both men and women. Mulligans also will be on sale, and the traditional putting contest will take place during the tournament.


A special feature at this year's tournament is a Helicopter Golf Ball Drop at the close of the tournament, in which the owner of the winning golf ball collects $3000 cash and the owner of the ball furthest away from the pin receives a ride in the Renaud Bros. Inc. helicopter, piloted by Mike Renaud. Individuals do not need to be part of the tournament to buy golf balls, priced at $100 each, nor be present at the drop to win the cash prize. Buckets of golf balls will be dropped from 20 feet on the fairway at the Brattleboro Country Club. A maximum of 100 balls, now available for purchase, will be sold, with the odds of winning are high.

Pacesetters Sponsors are G.S. Precision; Brattleboro Ford Subaru; The Richards Group and TransCanada. Presenter Sponsors are People's United Bank. Sustaining Sponsors are Brattleboro Savings & Loan; Chroma Technology; Edward Jones Investments; H & R Block; River Valley Credit Union; Swiss Precision Turning; Twombly Wealth Management; and Vermont Country Deli. Patron Sponsors are BAST Co; Brattleboro Retreat; C.E. Bradley Laboratories; David Manning Inc.; Trust Company of Vermont; Rolls Royce Nuclear; and VSECU. Associate Sponsors are Cota & Cota Oil Co. Parks Place Financial Advisors; and W.W. Building Supply.

All proceeds from the tournament, which annually nets close to $20,000, will help support Youth Services' programs. Now celebrating its 44th year helping local families thrive, Youth Services promotes the healthy development of more than 1,500 local youth and families each year.

The all-inclusive registration fee for the tournament is $130 per individual or $520 per foursome. The fee covers greens fees and cart, a buffet lunch, and dinner following the tournament. Dinner-only tickets may also be purchased for $35 each, giving non-golfers an opportunity to enjoy dinner and participate in the raffles and auctions and relax on the Brattleboro Country Club deck or dining room. Registration encouraged on-line at Tournament participants must provide their handicap or average game score. To buy a golf ball for the drop, visit To register for the tournament, call Youth Services at 802-257-0361 or visit