Saturday was another beautiful day for disc golf and 56 folks from the Green Mountains and beyond hit Center Chains for Sap Bucket XII. The course was in fine shape and I think everyone who walked it would agree that the required redesign (property issues) was well-implemented and preserved or improved-on the spirit of the course. Huge thanks are in order to Dave Frothingham, Anne Lewis, and Pete Hess (Will’s dad) for stewarding Center Chains through turbulent times and returning it to top form for 2015.
With calm winds and cloudy skies, scoring conditions were prime on Saturday and the cards reflected it. After round 1 there were 3 rounds of 46 turned in! One was from Travis Connolly who did not let up after the break and pulled away from his MPO competition with a spree of deuces down the stretch (including 12, 13, 14, 15, and even 18). Connolly finished with a 2nd-round 47, making it the 2nd year in a row somebody named Travis won at Waterbury with a 93 overall (Keller did it in 2014)! After his own 1st round 46, Jim Bailey turned in an also-ran 51 to lock up 2nd place in MPO while Evan Shper jumped up to tie Mike Habets in 3rd (100 strokes on the day) to round out the cash positions.
The 3rd hot round of 46 was turned in by Chris Martin in MA1. According to my careful internet research, Chris took a break from fronting the band Coldplay and holding hands with Jennifer Lawrence just long enough to shell the Advanced Division. Ross Dunham made a strong bid to overtake him but Chris had such a cushion after his hot round that he regressed TEN STROKES after the break and still won by 2. Next time I see Chris I’ll shake his hand and ask him how they made that awesome reverse-motion video. James Sweat took the 3rd and final cash position in the division.
The deep MA2 division saw a 2-way tie at the conclusion of play between Sayer Dwinell-Yardley and Josh Lapine. After pushing on hole 1, Sayer had a strong drive on 2 and canned the putt for a deuce that Josh just couldn’t match. It capped a fine performance from Sayer (and Josh). Of course Sayer and sister Dana enjoyed a cheerleading advantage as their Mom caught much of the day’s action from her perch at the convergence of fairways 5/6/12. One of my MPO cardmates nearly hit her with a drive on 6. Her response to our chorus of “FORE!” and “SORRY!” was simply: “Thats going to be a REALLY long putt!” She was right…
In other GMDGC family news Pete Hess won the “most adorable caddy” award with 5yo son Will in tow throughout the day. Pete expressed his appreciation to competitors and cardmates for helping make it a fun and successful day for Will. As a father who’s hopeful to one day share the sport with his own children, I loved seeing them out there and applaud Pete for growing the sport in the best way possible. On a related note, the OB swamps on hole 1 are full of awesome tadpoles!
Other division winners included Jeff Roland in MA3, Michael Ray in MG1, and Nick Ogrizovich in MM1. “The Glass Man” Chris Sherwin took home his own wares after beating out Anne Lewis and the rest of a tightly-bunched MPM group. Rick Williams ran a shady (but effective) Vibram fundraising auction then beat out TD John Sudarsky to win MPG. Finally, Amelia Fotheringham took it home in FA2. I’m fairly certain that Dave Frothingham and Amelia Fotheringham are related. One of their ancestors had a drunken misspelling at Ellis island – I’m just not sure which.
Thats about it from Waterbury. Personal thanks to John Mclaughlin for sharing some VT craft beer love with new friends from NH. Having first “met” on the forums I can now say that John is far less whiny in person (but just as left-handed). And many thanks and congratulations go out to first-time TD John Sudarsky for running a silky smooth event that was enjoyed by all present!