Saturday, September 28th marked the 2013 GMPS Finals and VT State Championship held this year at Base Camp Outfitters in Killington, VT. This tournament rotates from qualifying courses year to year and BCO looked great while serving as a more than adequate venue for one of the GMDGC’s most important events of the year.
There were many winners on the day, as champions were crowned both for the tournament, and for the 12-event Green Mountain Point Series that spanned the entire season, starting with an opening event at Pinnacle in New Hampshire and traveling up north to Montgomerey before working it’s way down through Jeffersonville, to Waterbury, Calis, Montpelier, and other stops along the way before finishing up back down South in Killington, VT.
The beautiful view from Hole #2 at BCO
The point series champions were up in the air coming into the event with the Pro Open, AM1, and Pro Grandmasters hanging in the balance, with the players sitting in second place with a chance to knock off the leaders on the final day. The AM1 battle was actually between three potential winners; leader Kyle Junion, Aaron Bunker, and Jon Moorer, with David Whitaker sitting in 4th looking to move up into second with a great finish.The AM1 battle was one of the best story lines all year, with large fields, multiple different winners and consistent tightly grouped scoring. Though we will have a few of these players moving up to Pro next year, the advanced field should grow again next year and provide great competition again in 2014. Mike Miller and Jeff Spring were also clinging to leads that were vulnerable in the PGM and MPO divisions, needing to keep Tood Sternback and Mike Habets respectively from winning on the day, which in each case could bump them out of first in the GMPS.
Well, as the day wore on, the leaders, while none winning outright on the day, were all able to stave off their challengers and hold on for the Point Series Championships. Congratulations to all the GMPS 2013 Champions!
Pro Open~ Jeff Spring
Pro Masters~ Josh Rappeport
Pro Grandmasters~ Mike Miller
Adv Masters~ Jim Sestokas
Adv Women~ Jen Frantz
Am2~ Tim Tadlock
Int Women~ Sara DEVICO
Juniors~ Stephen Bosonac,jr.
Here’s the link to the Point Series report to check out how the season played out across 12 tournaments, the finals should be updated soon: http://www.gmdgc.org/2013-gmps-standings/
The State Championship tournament was also a great battle across several divisions, most notably Pro Open, where an exciting playoff developed between Sean Bleything and Jeff Spring. Spring gave up the 1st round lead after throwing a 48 while Sean stayed steady with two rounds of 51. While the crowd was getting into it, Sean and Jeff went back and forth with great putts to stay alive on back to back holes. However, on the 3rd hole it was revealed that there was a scoring error during the second round, and Sean in fact had won the event before the playoff even started! Pat McGinn also made some noise, throwing down for the Am1 win, including a nice 53 in the first round, a competitor who will be a force next season if he chooses to play more tourneys.
MPO – Sean Bleything
MPM – Josh Rappaport
MPG – John Sudarsky
MA1 – Pat McQuinn
MA2 – John Woodcock
FW1 – Jen Franz
FW2 – Kathy Hudson
JR1 – Stephen Bosonac Jr.
This was a great season for Vermont Disc Golf. Thanks to the PRES, Chris Young for running the state finals, and to Mike Miller and BCO for hosting! Go find a friend, and we’ll see you both next year. Yeah Disc golf!