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.

An Exciting 2014 Season Closes at GMPS Finals on 10/11

The year kicked off with the Ice Bucket and a record setting fundraising effort.

The year kicked off with the Ice Bucket and a record setting fundraising effort.

Well, it’s been a few weeks since Storrs Pond, and a week since the A-Tier at Brewster Ridge. Time to set our sites on the State Championship AKA the GMPS Finals! The 2014 edition will be held, for the first time, at Brewster Ridge DG. Brewster is prime right now after spending the second half of the summer being meticulously groomed by their staff of Jon Lange and Pat Abbott in prep for the GMC. Vermonters and GMDGC members will get to test their games against the same course that some of the best in the world just did.

We are still 10 days away, but registration is filling up at an increasingly fast pace. We are now half full! With many division titles on the line, let alone a chance to become a state champ in your division, Vermonters will most likely fill this tournament by early next week. In the run up to the event, we will be bringing you in depth analysis of each division and what to watch for in this exciting event! Check back for more coverage.

This gives you about 7 days to register or live in regret for the rest of your days. No one wants to miss this event as the GMDGC will be holding its first annual banquet after play concludes. That’s right, a free BBQ as end of season awards are being doled out. Brewster is also opening its grounds for camping (just make sure to contact Jspring before hand) and plans are being discussed to offer a Fox Run glow round (something truly magical) if the weather is right! What are you waiting for! The GMDGCs signature event is just around the corner! REGISTER HERE.

Make sure you don't miss our banquet and crowning of the GMPS Champs! Here's a throw back to 2012 winners at NCDG.

Make sure you don’t miss our banquet and crowning of the GMPS Champs! Here’s a throw back to 2012 winners at NCDG.

GMC Wrap Up

Prodigy’s Green Mountain Championship @ Smuggler’s Notch Resort Delivers!

 

In its second year, the Green Mountain Championship delivered in a big way. Boasting $8,000 added cash and over an $18,000 total purse of cash and prizes, this A-Tier played like an NT, and featured events that went beyond what was offered nearly anywhere else on tour in 2014! Jeff Spring, the tournament director, reports that there were upwards of 300 people on the course throughout the Sunday watching the final round and thanks Prodigy Disc and Fiddlehead Brewing Company for their support of the event.

 

The event’s largest field, MPO, was hotly contested by some of the tour’s highest ranked pro players. The mix of contenders throughout the weekend included Simon Lizotte, Steve Brinster, Will Schusterick, Ricky Wysocki, and Northeastern pros Kyle Moriarty and Jason Dore. The action spanned three rounds of 27, 18, and 18 , respectively before finishing with an exciting final 9. Check out the unofficial results here.

 

Lizotte was the first round leader after an 8-under par 82 first round. However, Wysocki, Brinster, and Jason Dore were all right on his heels after the first day that saw higher scores than anticipated. Schusterick made a move in round two, and climbed back into the mix, positioning himself in a great spot for a final day charge. However, it was not to be for Will as Wysocki, the GMC defending champion, ended up prevailing in an exciting final day that saw great play from both Jason Dore and Schusterick, as well as first-round leader Simon Lizotte, who threw some truly incredible shots on lines no one else could imagine. Wysocki is now the 2X-defending champion and his stellar play on Brewster Ridge makes it easy to imagine him as the 3X champion come 2015, where Spring plans to double the size of the event yet again.

 

Play in other division was exciting as well! Jon Marcus came back to the tour after years of not playing tournament golf, at the behest of his brother Daniel, to then go on and beat Daniel by one stroke in Pro Grandmasters. Local pro Anne Lewis took down the FPO division and Peter Belizi travelled from Portland, OR to win the Masters title. Check out the results to see how the AM divisions finished, as there were many great scores and notable performances.

 

This weekend wasn’t only about the competition though. The event kicked off at Cambridge Elementary School and the community rallied around the sport and turned out over 200 folks for the disc golf village fair. Food vendors, Backcountry’s Downtown Disc Golf Course, Discmania’s Deep in the Game Clinic, music from a DJ, a raffle to benefit the Cambridge’s afterschool program, and Innova’s Long Drive contest all contributed to a fantastic start to the event that would see many kids and community members spectate at Brewster Ridge throughout the weekend. Steve Brinster won the long drive contest, as he took out Simon Lizotte in a thrilling final Round!

 

Fiddlehead Brewing Company also delivered with the delicious Hyzer Flip Double IPA. Colorful art featuring a disc golf basket and the Smugglers’ mountains makes this can not only tasty, but collectable. Over 175 cases were sold throughout the weekend as well as enjoyed during the performances of 3 different live bands that were provided during the player’s party and the can release party. With late night putting and CTP contests, this event truly seemed to have everything a player could want including access to the heart of the green mountains that provide stunning views, hikes, waterfalls, cliff jumps, and relaxation in nature.

 

Spring has had his sights set on next year since before this tournament ended! He plans on again doubling the added cash, hopes to expand the field, and add to the fall festivities that go along with it. Player’s loved staying on site in luxurious condos right next to the course and Spring sees that as a recipe for success. He plans on keeping the same dates as fall foliage in the Vermont Mountains just started to turn during this weekend that saw great weather and great disc golf action. Smugglers’ Notch Resort’s video manager, Alex Martin captured the action all weekend. Check out the Day 1 wrap up below and get ready for shot-by-shot lead card coverage of rounds 2 & 3 that will drop after the USDGC!

 

Brewster’s Green Mountain Championship 9/18-9/21

Vermont’s biggest disc golf event a must see for VT players

2014's GMC Stamp by Matt Marro

2014’s GMC Stamp by Matt Marro

The Green Mountain Championship’s debut in 2013 was an event to remember. As a B-Tier with $4000 added cash, Smugglers’ Notch Resort and Brewster Ridge Disc Golf provided not only a tournament that had touring pros buzzing, but complemented the play on the course with music and Vermont craft beer in a beautiful mountain resort setting. 2014 has brought the return of this event, but this year, it’s bigger and better. The field has doubled to 144, the added cash has doubled to $8,000, and Prodigy Disc has jumped in to support it as the title sponsor.

The Green Mountain Championship is now positioned as the main event in Smuggs Fall Fest, an event that also includes craft beer, local food, music and mountain biking. Event Director Jeff Spring #43994 believes that featuring disc golf as part of a larger whole will expose more people to the sport and create a larger crowd of spectators to watch the world’s best. Club Wyndham agrees with Spring and has jumped on board to support the event as well.

This year, Spring has again brought in Fiddlehead Brewing Company to generate buzz. One of the rising stars in the Vermont craft-brewing scene, Fiddlehead is debuting a new double IPA on Friday night of the event titled “Hyzer Flip” in honor of one of the most beautiful flight shapes in disc golf. With a basket and Prodigy’s logo on the 16oz can, this will not only be a delicious offering, but an extremely collectible item. As a limited release, this beer may be gone by the end of the weekend.

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Design By: Taylor Johnson

The event kicks off on Thursday night at nearby Cambridge Elementary School with a Village Fair presented by the local group Cambridge Artists & Entrepreneurs and features pro clinics, Backcountry Magazine’s Downtown Disc Golf Course, and Innova Champion Discs’ long drive contest. With the help of the after school enrichment program, Cambridge Connections, the students of CES have been learning to play the sport over the last four years and will now benefit from having an EDGE package generously donated by Innova! Discmania’s Deep in the Game team of Avery Jenkins #7495 and Simon Lizotte #8332 will also be on site to host one of their well-known clinics for 30 lucky golfers.

In addition to Avery and Simon the pro field will feature Steve Brinster #10628, Ricky Wysocki #38008, and Will Schusterick #29064, which should make for an exciting three days of competition. Players will play Brewster Ridge’s 27-hole layout on Friday, followed by round of 18 on Saturday and Sunday before ending with a four-person final nine. Make sure to keep an eye out for weekend coverage, as Terry “The Disc Golf Guy” Miller #10738 and SmashboxxTV will be supporting the event and live scoring will be available throughout all three days.

Throughout the weekend, delicious local food will also be featured, as players will be treated to MTN Season wood-fired bagels for breakfast and lunch with dinner from the Mad Taco, two of the many craft food businesses that are favorites in the area. Other artists and vendors, like Pure Flight Disc Golf, will be set up for a Music & Microbrew Fest that runs from 2:00pm-10:00pm EDT on Saturday featuring three live bands and a Fiddlehead beer garden. There will certainly be no shortage of things to do outside of disc golf as players get to relax at this 4,000 bed resort. Did we mention it also has three waterparks, multiple restaurants, and bars in its central village?

Jeff Spring isn’t shy about his plans to grow this event into one of the largest in the world. He sees the next step as opening another18-hole course and planning is now underway with none other than Steve Brinster on board as the designer.

Check back in the next week or so for an event recap and bookmark the results page on PDGA.com to see how your favorite players do against one of the toughest courses in the Northeast!

October Ace Race @ Wrightsville & GMPS Finals Registration

DCAceSeptember 19th is the deadline to register for Wrightsville’s Ace Race. Here’s what Discraft has to say about their annual event held at hundreds of courses across the country:

Each year, disc golfers from around the world gather at their local courses for one purpose: to throw aces! No putting, no approaching… just runnin’ at the chains.

To add to the challenge and excitement, players all throw the same model disc: a brand new, never-seen-before Discraft prototype disc that is introduced each year especially for Ace Race. The 2014 player’s pack includes two Z proto discs, a premium towel, Discraft hat and other cool gear valued at $65! Get ready to run it!!

If you haven’t played in an Ace Race before, you should try it out. It’s tons of fun! Here is the link to Wrightsville Registration page with more info:

WRIGHTSVILLE ACE RACE

This is only one week before the GMPS Finals & State Championship at Brewster Ridge, which you can sign up for here:

REGISTER FOR THE GMPS FINALS

A bunch of more amazing details about the GMPS Finals are about to be released. Keep your eyes peeled for a post from our Prez, YoungBuks.

Lastly, for those of you looking for a wrap up of the Storrs Pond GMPS Event, check back soon!