In Search Of Spring

I recently made the trek down to Martha’s Vineyard for the Vineyard Social XI tournament.  My intention was to put up an obnoxious “In your face, I’m playing Spring golf” post that was loaded with pics of green grass and tee-shirt hucks.  (For clarity “Spring” will refer to the season for the duration of this post, not the player.)  I was so sure of it that I convinced 3 other local friends (including MA2 assassin and fellow GMDGC’er Ryan Metivier) to join me for this annual rite of Spring (the season).  In our hubris we even took a vacation day Friday to escape the frigid north in search of snow-free fairways.

En route…

For weeks I had been dreaming of returning to the vineyard and its 3 well-designed courses (White/Blue have different lines to the same baskets and Red loops around the original courses).  The vineyard course has a special place in my heart since I played my first ever round of disc golf there.  While on a family vacation my mom dragged me into “The Lazy Frog” leisure store.  We struck up a conversation with proprietor (and Vineyard Social TD) Jake Gifford who told us about the course and geared us up for a family trip to check it out.  Jake was an able caddy and steered us toward Rocs, Stingrays, and Leopards.  After 15 years of ultimate, however, I would not be relegated to “beginner discs.”  After dismissing the dizzying flight chart I decided to buy discs the same way I buy wine (which stamp/label looks the coolest) and walked away with a Beast and Destroyer as well.  We set out on the White course (the shortest) and everything I threw went 100ft and faded hard left out of my hand.  The discs were clearly broken and I would return to the shop to buy more (and more, and more…)  One casual round with family led to 10 more that week (often solo) and the rest is history…

…found this old scorecard from week 1 playing disc golf in MV. “Under par” was unfathomable.

TD Jake Gifford and his flock.

Back to present day: despite our hopes and dreams of an idyllic Spring (the season) weekend mother nature was not quite finished tormenting us.  The weekend high was 35deg, it snowed 3” Friday night, and freezing rain followed us from the players meeting into round 2 on Saturday.  It was a war of attrition on the course and although conditions weren’t “fun”, the tourney still was.  Jake and company put on a great event every year and nearly 120 enthusiastic New England golfers showed up to the PDGA/NEFA tourney eager to get the season started right.  My traveling companions eventually forgave me for broken promises of warm weather and 3 of the 4 of us finished in the cash in our respective divisions (MPO, MA2, and FA1 – nice win Meadow!)  After this weekend I’m more eager than ever to get back to the lush greenery and friendly competition of GMDGC golf.  2015 is bound to be a great season!

Meadow Hartwell navigates a “technical” fairway

“Fairway” Ryan Metivier doing work

2014 GMC Video Compilation Complete

The 2014 Green Mountain Championship at Smugglers’ Notch drew in 144 competitors and some of the best pros in the world. The last video in the compilation has just been released featuring play from Ricky Wysocki, Will Schusterick, Simon Lizotte, Jason Dore & Kyle Moriarty during the “Final 9″.

Registration for the 2015 Green Mountain Championship opens April 15th. The Championship will run from September 18th to September 20th this year! Go here to see the GMC’s REGISTRATION PAGE.

“Training” for 2015

Back when the snow was not-quite ankle deep

 

Everybody’s got a different idea of offseason training in disc golf:  Hess and Bleything play hockey, Spring skis up and down mountains, Frothy flips truck tires, etc.  Personally, I prefer to curl up in bed with an ipad pressed to my nose and watch all the disc golf videos on the internet.  Twice.  This routine has in NO WAY improved my fitness or throwing ability.  It HAS, however, exposed me to some really memorable disc golf moments and made me increasingly excited about the upcoming season.  If you’d like to share in that excitement try watching (or re-watching) some of my Top 6 DG videos from the past year, detailed below.

BUT FIRST!! Have you signed up for 2015 GMDGC Membership!?  With annual memberships as low as $20 and options for GMDGC schwag and discounted NEFA memberships you can’t afford NOT to.  Also I promise it will make the snow melt faster.

6) 2014 Rochester Flying Disc Open Final Round (Rochester, NY).  Young gun Simon Lizotte takes on crafty veteran Dave Feldberg.  The 18th hole is ridiculous.

5) 2014 PDGA Pro Worlds Final 9 (Portland, OR).  Another fight at the finish – this time featuring Ricky Wysocki and Paul McBeth.  Watch the gallery sprint from hole-to-hole for fear of missing any action. Cue Jim Mora: “PLAYOFFS!?”

4) 2014 USDGC Final Round (Rock Hill, SC).  High drama throughout the round to crown a US champion.  Sometimes you make the island and sometimes you don’t (3 times).

3) 2014 Maple Hill Open Final Round (Leicester, MA).  Maple Hill is a beast with water, OB, and elevation.  The top card turns in a performance worthy of the legendary course that comes down to Ricky and Big Jerm on the hole 18 island green.  Also Ricky’s “approach” on 9 was pretty ok.

2) 2015 Memorial Championship Final Round (Scottsdale, AZ).  Capping a tournament that saw a Nate Doss hole-1 ace on the SportsCenter Top10 was an absolute battle between Big Jerm and Paul McBeth.  The thrilling finish highlights the camaraderie and competition that go hand-in-hand at the pinnacle of our sport.

1) 2014 Green Mountain Championship Round 3 (Jeffersonville, VT).  This is the latest and greatest installment of throw-by-throw coverage from the biggest tournament Vermont has yet seen.  Watch some of the best in the world shred your favorite course and listen to the soothing tones of Jeff Spring to boot!

 

 

 

2015 GMPS Schedule Released

Remember when the world gets green again? It may seem like a long way off...but it's coming!

Remember when the world gets green again? It may seem like a long way off…but it’s coming!

Mark your calendars because the 2015 GMPS schedule has been released! Featuring 11 events and a 2X Points GMPS Finals to be held for the first time ever at Wrightsville Beach Disc Golf Course this year looks better than ever! This gives competitors 13 chances to record points. Competitor’s top 6 scores will be kept to determine each division’s champion, meaning if you score in more than 6 events, your lowest scores will be dropped. The scoring system and division offerings remain the same as in the past, with winners scoring 100 points and the remaining players dividing points based on place and depth of field. All events are on Saturday unless otherwise noted. Event registration will open no later than 3 weeks in advance and will be posted on the forum, homepage, and social media. Events of note include the return of the Sap Bucket, the first ever GMPS at the Quarries in Barre Town, a 25th anniversary for the NCDGA – the oldest disc golf course and organization in the state, and the return of the BurkeView Open @ Lyndon State College! Check out this stacked line-up!

THE SCHEDULE:

GMPS#1 – Pinnacle Spring Run Off VI: May 2ndTD(s): Spencer Weatherholt & Dan Walsh
GMPS #2 – Sap Bucket Open XIIMay 16th –  TD: John Sudarsky
GMPS #3 – Brewster Ridge Open IIIMay 30th – TD: Jeff Spring (Maple Hill Open Qualifier)
GMPS #4 – Black Falls IXJune 6th – TD: Sean Bleything
GMPS #5 – Gnomes Challenge VIIISunday, June 21 – TD: Chris Young
GMPS #6 - The Quarries ThrowdownJuly 11th – TD(s): Al Rosa and Andy Powell
GMPS #7 – Base Camp OpenJuly 25th – TD: Mike Miller and Dave Frothingham
GMPS #8 – The North Calais Open & 25th Anniversary Celebration! – Aug 8th & 9th - TD: TBD
GMPS #9  – Wrightsville Beach OpenAug 22nd – TD: TBD
GMPS #10 – The 2nd Storrs Pond ClassicSept 12th – TD: Spencer Weatherholt & Dan Walsh
GMPS #11 – Burke View Open VI @ LSC – Oct 3rdTD: Jim Bailey & Jamie Struck
VT States/GMPS Finals (2x points) @ Wrightsville Beach – Oct 17th – TD: Chris Young

On top of this NEFA Finals are being held in Vermont this year! Base Camp has stepped up to run this event and it promises to be a doozie! Therefore, many events this season will be NEFA sanctioned. The great part about this is that NEFA has offered to cover all per player fees associated with their events in order to increase participation and pump up finals in VT. They are also offering a reduced $15 membership when purchased with your GMDGC membership! Sanctioning, including PDGA sanctioning, will be announced individually for each event.

Speaking of membership, we would like to announce a new, reduced cost option for 2015 members!
  • 2015 GMDGC Membership – $20 (includes membership, GMPS qualification, and numbered bag tag)
  • 2015 Membership PLUS – $35 (includes membership items, PLUS personalized reusable scorecard, GMDGC stamped disc, and stamped Mini)
  • 2015 GMDGC/NEFA Combo Membership – $35 (includes basic membership for both organizations)
  • 2015 GMDGC/NEFA Combo PLUS - $50 (includes membership in both organization, plus the disc, scorecard and mini)
  • 2015 GMDGC Junior Membership – $20 (still includes all the fixins for the junior rate of $20)

2015 Membership sales go live on Thursday, March 5th on this site, so check back and get your membership ASAP!

Other Events:
  • March 28th – Vergennes Spring Fling – Kick off the season right!
  • May 23rd – 2nd Annual LEARN to PLAY DAY – At Brewster Ridge and other courses across the state! Turn out some new players!
  • June 13th – The North Calais Shootout – A fun format to compete in!
  • July – Trilogy Challenge @ Brewster Ridge – Date TBD, featuring the release of 3 new models from Westside, Lat 64 and Dynamic.
  • September 18th-20th – The 3rd Green Mountain Championship – PDGA A-Tier, full week of events including a craft brewfest and live music. Bigger and better than ever.
  • Early October – NEFA FINALS – BCO, more details TBA.
Let us know if your event is missing and we will get it on there! Next week we will be releasing the League schedule for the season so check back in to check out which league to choose this year!

The 2015 Ice Bucket IX Starts Rolling!

After a RECORD BREAKING 2014, The GMPS Ice Bucket is back and ready to shatter records once again! For those new to this event, the Ice Bucket is Vermont’s version of the ICE BOWL events that happen all over the country in a unified Disc Golf effort to raise money and food for local food shelves every winter. Last winter, the GMDGC Bucket VIII raised $9,504 which was split between Waterbury Area Food Shelf and the Lamoille Community Food Share. That’s the 3rd highest total in the WORLD (out of approx. 250 events) for Money Raised!!!

This year the Ice Bucket is going down on January 31st. REGISTER HERE. Disc golfers play two rounds in the snow and cold at Center Chains DGC in Waterbury Center. One of the great parts about playing in the Ice Bucket is the great support from local businesses. In fact, over the last few years, every player has gotten a prize donated from a local business. This is to help raise awareness of the event in the local community, to motivate fundraisers (top fundraisers get the first picks of prizes), and to funnel all the cash donations to the charities! For a full slate of information and current forum updates: GO HERE

Be one of the first 50 people to register and get a free disc with this SWEET Marro stamp!

Be one of the first 50 people to register and get a free disc with this SWEET Marro stamp!

Lastly, we need you to help raise money whether or not you can attend the event. ANYONE can help! It’s easy. Simply direct friends and family to THIS LINK. This is a super easy way to ask friends and family to donate money. If you aren’t playing, this is where you can donate as well! The first 50 people to raise over $50 get a FREE Buzzz, with a custom Matt Marro stamp (shown above). So, get on your proverbial fundraising horse and keep on the look out for updates! There will be a few fundraising events before the actual event so try to make it out and help the cause!

EVENT DETAILS:

Player Check-In: 8am
Players Meeting: 8:45am
Round 1 start: 9am

FORMAT: 1st round is singles play and 2nd round is high/Lo Doubles with half the holes being worst shot.

MULLIGANS: Mulligans may be purchased for $1 each before round 1 starts and for $2 each before round 2 starts.

LUNCH : will be provided again this year! We will have lunch ( and awards) at the Grange Hall just across the street from the course. There will be a seperate thread in the tournaments section if you can volunteer to bring something, stay tuned for that in the coming weeks.

ENTRY FEE

  • Basic Entry Fee: $20
  • Generous Golfer Package: $50 (Includes entry fee, 36 mulligans and handi heats)
  • Endless Mulligan Package: $150 ( Includes entry fee, unlimited mulligans and handi heats)

TROPHIES: Sherwin Art Glass, handblown trophies for Overall Winner, Singles round winner,Doubles Team winners,Top Fundraiser and Top Volunteer.

TOP FUNDRAISER: The person who raises the most money will again get to pick first from the list of prizes and will also get a custom Sherwin trophy. Last year the Top Fundraiser walked away with a brand new Burton snowboard, so get out there and raise some money!

PRIZES: The last few years all players have left with a prize! Last year we had Burton snowboards,$50 gift cards to the Farmhouse & Hen of the Wood, lift tickets to Mad River Glen, gift cards to City Market and 3Penny Taproom, tons of brand new discs and DG gear and many, many more.