Smugglers’ Notch is all in when it comes to Vermont disc golf and it showed this past weekend! The Brewster Ridge Open went off this past Saturday and was our first GMPS event to sell out during this 2013 season. After another wet day that included a DNF and two no-shows, we saw 69 scores turned in, and they reflected a course that provided a formidable challenge to the field; only a few scores beat par. More on the results later, first a quick recap of the operation at Smuggs.
Tourney Central was the beautiful and brand new Brewster Ridge Pro Shop that has recently materialized at the new starting location of this course. The shop is located at the bottom of the Arbortrek driveway, just off of Edwards Rd, a road that loops off of Rt. 108 just short of the main entrance to the resort. It features BACHNEIN products following a recently struck deal with the trendy local VT disc golf company. Combo that with a full selection of Innova, Discraft, and Prodigy discs, along with snacks and refreshments, this is now the go to disc golf location in Northern VT. The course was also met with positive reviews that reflect a well maintained and buffed out course that only a full time staff can get you. If you haven’t been yet, do yourself a favor and go check it out. It’s only going to get better!
When it came to the tourney, the competition was fierce, but the winners were definitive. Overall, a soggy day, the playing conditions stayed much better than the soaking, cold rain/snow we battled 2-weeks ago at Blackfalls. Player’s hands were pretty dry and did not soak through and, though the ground got soggy, the sweet tee pads held up great and stayed grippy throughout the event. Through a mist of precipitation emerged our division winners:
MPO – Jeff Spring
MPM – Dan Desch
MPG – John Sudarsky
AM1 – Andy Powell
AM2 – Evan Spher
FA1 – Jen Frantz
GM1 – Nyles Johnson
FA2 – Zoe Mader
AM3 – Braxton Showalter
Jspring came through on his home course with a 12-stroke win for his first 100 of the year. Same goes for Andy Powell and John Sudarsky, who look to jump into the top 3 of their respective divisions. Blazing onto the AM2 scene was Evan Spher, who leapfrogged 4 players and scored a W from the second card in a convincing fashion. If he continues to play throughout the summer, Tim Tadlock may have something to worry about just one tourney after locking down his first AM2 win as well. North Calais Pro Dan Desch swept in to take the Masters title, though Anne, Josh, and Chris shouldn’t have much to worry about since it does not seem like Dan is going to put his tour hat on anytime soon. Jen, Nyles, and Zoe shot well and threw down solid scores, and Braxton hit two ACES on his way to victory.
For the full results, click here: http://www.gmdgc.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=1516&start=50
And soon, the GMPS standings will be updated here: http://www.gmdgc.org/2013-gmps-standings/
If you are looking for more events at Brewster, they’ll be doing free clinics from 4:30-5:30pm every Friday, followed by a group scramble (best disc) round. Word on the street is there may be some free BBQ too! And as usual, they have their Sunday League rounds, which usually meet at 1pm.
Now, we all wait with baited breath for the imminent Circle 3 recap of the first third of the season.
While we wait, don’t forget to sign up for the ALWAYS fun Gnome’s Challenge! Click Here: http://www.gmdgc.org/tournaments/gnomes-challenge-vi/, and we’ll see you there!