This note just in from Chris Young (the Prez and Gnomes TD) about the upcoming Gnomes tourney: “Peter Flaherty the course superintendent and self proclaimed “Gnomes Master” is working hard to get the course in tip top shape. He is also making up the traditional Gnome trophies for all division winners. This is now one of the longest running NEFA/GMPS events in Vermont, right behind Black Falls and Sap Bucket. There will be random draw $5 dubz after with $50 added cash to winners! Celebrate one of the longest days of the year!! We are almost at the half way mark in the GMPS and races are heating up. Make sure to reg this event has sold out the past 2 years. Lots of Mass and NH players like to make the trip for this one. Great swimming, throw over the river. One of the shorter, yet technical courses in the Series.” I’m paraphrasing a bit but I think he said that if you respect the office of the president or just want to add to your lawn ornament collection, sign up for the perennial Gnomes party before those Mass-holes do! Registration info is on the forums.
Forging ahead, after Black Falls we’re now 4 events deep in the GMPS (Green Mountain Points Series). Lets take a look at how some of the division races are shaking out:
Mike Habets (343.3)
Jim Bailey (239.1)
Evan Spher (235.3)
Bad habits are hard to break and Mike Habets is hard to beat. Competing in every event so far, Mike’s WORST points showing was an 80 (Sap Bucket and Brewster Ridge). With a season-opening win at his home course and a history of contending at virtually every track on the schedule Habets has established himself as the man to beat in 2015. Giving Habets chase in MPO is tremendous blogger and all-around-swell guy Jim Bailey in 2nd place. With North Calais as his next scheduled GMPS event Jim’s stay in 2nd will be short-lived. Evan Shper is right behind him after logging consistently good scores at every event. Further down the leaderboard we have some of the most dangerous players on the tour poised to make a move. Jeff Spring and Dave Frothingham both have GMPS wins and are perennial contenders (BTW, GMPS points get updated QUICKLY when Frothy wins). 2014 MPO champ Sean Bleything may be sidelined by injury for the moment but is a threat to win as soon as he returns to GMPS play.
Anne Lewis (208.3)
Chris Sherwin (150.0)
Josh Rappeport (100.0)
Anne Lewis currently has the crown thanks to steady play across 3 events but her pursuers are packing wins: Chris Sherwin bagging his own hardware at Sap Bucket and Josh Rappaport making a triumphant return to GMPS play at Black Falls. Every competitor is capable of winning and MPM (as always) will be a fun race to watch as the season progresses.
John Sudarsky (271.7)
Todd Sternbach (85.0)
John McLaughlin (40.0)
John Sudarsky has made a commitment to taking down the “mileage division” and he’ll be hard to catch if he continues to log solid scores at each and every event. Todd Sternbach and John Mclaughlin are his next-closest competitors but it will take strong attendance and strong performance to unseat “Jsuds.”
Chris Martin (275.7)
James Sweat (185.0)
Nolan Power (162.5)
Chris Martin has been outstanding with a convincing win at Sap Bucket and strong finishes at Brewster and Black Falls. He’ll have stout competition in James Sweat, however, who has won at virtually every level and excels on some of the toughest courses in VT. Young gun Nolan Power has a ton of potential and showed this past weekend that he can close, taking down a nice win at Black Falls.
These two ladies are 1 and 2 in both FA1 (Christy over Amelia) and FA2 (Amelia over Christy). I’m not sure how to score this – maybe they can both be winners?
Daniel Schroeder (50.0)
Brian Betit (50.0)
Deadlocked! Betit and Schroeder are tied in advanced Masters. With Betit also logging MA2 scores its not clear if this division race will continue.
Casey Tanner (373.2)
Andrew Fisher (294.8)
Andy Powell (285.2)
MA2 is the deepest GMPS division and with a lot of players logging a lot of events it looks to be a tight battle moving forward. Casey Tanner has the honors with strong finishes at every event so far including a huge W at BRO. Andrew “DrooFish” Fisher and Andy “Iron Man” Powell are right behind him and ready to take the lead if Tanner slips up. Alan Gofberg looked to be the early favorite in this division with a season-opening win but then he succumbed to peer pressure and moved up to MA1 before eventually just going back to ultimate. Hopefully we didn’t break him.