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!

 

Drama at Wrightsville!

With one GMPS event to go, Storrs Pond set to Debut.

There was a lot riding on the results of the Wrightsville Beach Open last Saturday (8/23). 5 division races were up in the air with only one other event before Finals, and we saw arguably the best play of the year (next to some NC action) as a few golfers laid down some astounding performances including a playoff in AM2. Before getting to the full recap and the impact of the results on the Point series, lets turn towards the 1st Storrs Pond Open.

Storrs Pond Disc Golf course was designed by James B. A designer that the GMDGC knows as well as any, James has already given us both the Pinnacle and Mt. Sunapee courses. It seems that Storrs could rival some of his finest work on those we already know. From the buzz we are hearing in GMDGC central, the course plays long, is improving every day we get closer to the event, and is fully ready to handle 72 golfers on Saturday. Seeing the pictures recently posted by an excellent photographer and GMDGC member, Dan Walsh, one has to get excited. Open lanes, elevation, and well cleared fairways tend to whet the disc golf appetite, and it seems like Storrs has all this and more.

However, James would be the first to tell you that he only designed the darn thing. There has been a strong crew of local GMDGC members leading the charge, notably Spencer Weatherholt, Jeremy Mattsson, and Dan Walsh himself, among many others I’m sure. Make sure to pay attention during the ‘thank yous’ to find out who else pitched in. Being the weekend after Labor Day, this event is already filling up. Make sure to register before day-of to help your TD!

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Wrightsville Wrap

A big thank you to our TD, Dave Frothy!

A big thank you to our TD, Dave Frothy!

Ah, yes, but what was all this about drama at Wrightsville you ask! Well here is a quick and dirty recap from our Director of Wrightsville Operations, Collin:

“Wow, what a fun day. Thanks so much to all of you who played and made it such a fun event. Great job by Dave (Frothy), Anne Lewis and the others who helped with organization, player totals, course maintenance, and Dana for the food service. Thanks to their great work everything went smoother than I imagined possible. I’m already looking forward to playing with all of you again next year, hopefully sooner. Lastly, amazing rounds played by Mike Habbets and Dave Frothingham, 47 from Gold, that’s super good and the Gold course record!”

Our gracious host, Collin, who shot an amazing 46 from the blue tees!

Our gracious host, Collin, who shot an amazing 46 from the blue tees!

Not enough drama, too much gratitude for your liking? I get it. Here’s a little more:

The day started off with the tension of many hopes and dreams riding on a wire, and ended with a mix of the joy of victory and the dutiful acceptance of failure. More than anything, though, players enjoyed the course. You need a full arsenal to really score and we saw two player’s flash greatness with the pair of 47s that Collin mentioned. However, Frothy had fallen out of contention after a tough first round while Mike Habets grabbed the win by the horns, and the GMPS by the throat. After a Round one 49, Habets had a 2 stroke lead on Jspring who was in search of a badly needed ‘W’. Not far behind sat Kyle Junion, Chris Young, and current rival Sean Bleything who were 2, 2, and 3 strokes off of Habets’ pace, respectively. After stumbling out of the gates in round 2, Spring battled back to draw withing 2 strokes in a three way tie with Junion and Bleything for second, but the back Nine saw Spring filter to fourth as Junion and Bleything tried to keep pace with the leader. As the back nine drew to a close, it was a pure drive on 14 that cemented the victory for Habets. He had run through 10, 11, 12, and 13 with birdies to push his lead to three, and after a deuce on 14, it was clear people were playing for second. With that victory, there is not much even Bleything can do to catch him, especially considering Mike’s form of late. After throwing record rounds at BOTH of the last two events, he again is the favorite heading into Storrs, a course he is one of few that have scouted. Don’t let me lull you into too much of a sense of certainty though. A win at finals would put Bleything in the lead, and October 11th is a long way out, so pending a Storrs result, there is still plenty of drama to be had!

Our winner of Pro Masters, the infallible Dan Desch!

Our winner of Pro Masters, the infallible Dan Desch!

Pro Masters had its dose of drama as well. Dan Desch. What can you say about the guy? He’s registered back-to-back wins and would be in a strong position if he was a member (he was last year….). Wrightsville also marked his second come from behind victory! After starting second round 3 behind Ian Thurston and 2 behind Anne Lewis, Dan closed with a strong 55 and a 2-stroke victory. Ian managed to stay in front of Anne to nip her by 1, propelling him back to the top of the GMPS standings as he leapfrogged Chris Sherwin. With Sherwin and Lewis still yet to register for Salt Hill, we might have just seen Ian reach the top to stay. Oh wait, finals is double points!? Yep. He’s in a strong position, but will have to put a stamp on the season if he want the ‘chip’. Looking forward to seeing his performance on Saturday, and thinking that we will see Sherwin there to battle him.

The leader of the MPM division, Ian Thurston (Uncle Thirsty)!

The leader of the MPM division, Ian Thurston (Uncle Thirsty)!

The advanced division lacked a little of it’s normal punch, or should I say Jim Bailey’s bruising presence. Jim decided to step it up to MPO finishing with a very respectable total that would have netted him a 3rd place finish in the Advanced division. That’s right, a man by the name of Bill Bertera took home the ‘W’ with a well-played 104. Yeah but how did Brad Harris and Ira do? (asks those who have been following GMDGC blog predictions). Well, Harris was there for second place, a painful 1 stroke off of Bertera’s pace, 6 strokes clear of a distant third. Harris will have to settle for 90.91 and movement up to third place with a point series total of 431.54. For those of you counting at home, Brad is one GMPS finals victory of substantially jumping Bailey. On top of that, Harris is IN at Storrs Pond with another chance to do damage against Bailey’s title hopes as Jim again challenges the MPO field. Wow. Oh, and Ira had a wedding or something.

Billy Haddock's winning putt for the AM2 vistory, with runner-up Will looking on.

Billy Haddock’s winning putt for the AM2 victory, with runner-up Will looking on.

That brings up to the intermediate division. Not only were both of our leaders, Ryan Metivier and Jeff Wasieleski in the field, but two rounds wasn’t enough! That’s right, there was a playoff…between Billy Haddock and Will Gilbert. Yep! Two locals stole the show and ended up in a two-hole showdown! After a tough start to Hole 6 for Will, Billy was near the basket in two with a putt to win. After sizing it up, he put it right in the hear for victory. Nice work Billy! This was a BIG division, with 26 competitors. John Carter snuck in for a third place finish in front of a 3 way tie for 4th that included Jeff Wasielewski. Ryan Metivier finished only one stroke behind that but with a big tie in front, it was for 7th place points. Looking at the standings, it is going to be a fantastic finish for this division. With both players already registered for Storrs Pond, there are a number of possibilities. Jeff is about 70 points behind Ryan, but has only competed in 5 events to Ryan’s 6. That means he will get full points this weekend. A third place finish or better should put him into the lead. However, that leave Ryan to improve on his scores. He will look to drop the 76.92 from Wrightsville and bump up his point total. No matter what happens this weekend though, this thing is going to the finals!

CTP winnings!

CTP winnings!

Wrightsville also gave us participation from many newcomers to the series and some great races that fell outside of the Point Series impact. In Men’s Pro Grandmasters, we had a healthy field of 5. Daniel Marcus once again won a Vermont event as he ousted Rick WIlliams and some familiar Vermont faces. In the Advanced Women’s division we had an awesome field of three that saw Dana Dwinell-Yardley best Jen Frantz and Keri Hess. The advanced masters division had a great turnout of seven! While our GMPS leader struggled, he is in no danger of losing his firm grip on the point series. However, the course designer Collin excelled to win with a course record 46 from the blues! We had a solid  Advanced Grandmasters field as well and Marcos Miller coasted to victory!

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Gabby Pozanni accepts her winnings for a FA2 victory.

One of the more surprising turnouts was in the FA2 division! We had an influx of six female competitors. A great turnout and a field that was bested by Gabby Pozanni. I’m pretty sure that, as Gretchen would say, this division had the most fun. In our Rec division, Norman Peterson beat himself up to win over the only competition he faced, himself. And lastly, we had a junior division represented by three fine young men who all played well. Jayce took home the title but Mason, Colin, and Cameron all had goo showings. We here at the GMDGC thoroughly hope to see all the juniors, ladies, and grandmaster players back for more participation in our GMPS! While we normally get good turnouts in other divisions, you presence infused more excitement and life into this event. Nice work!

Our newest member, Oliver, with proud papa Justin!

Our newest member, Oliver, with proud papa Justin!

On to Storrs Pond! Go REGISTER!