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Awesome Start to DG Season at Pinnacle

The Green Mountain Point Series kicked off with a bang down in Newport, NH this past Saturday. 51 competitors headed out on an overcast day that just felt a lot more fun than the weather had predicted. The event saw many new faces and some good scoring despite being a little cold and rainy. A big thanks to all that chipped in to get the course ready for the event as well as those that helped organize the tournament prior to and during the day, none more than Tournament Director James Beaulieu!

James and crew had the course looking very nice. The layout is essentially the same, with an adjustment to the tee of Hole 16. It has been moved slightly forward and to the left, giving the golfer a clean look up the fairway. Lots of positive feedback from golfers on that adjustment, so kudos.

To the results! We saw some solid scoring to kick the season off. No one torched the course and Par held as a high standard. In fact only 3 rounds were under Par on the day, all in MPO. Though we saw a strong turnout, the 51 golfers comprised only 5 divisions.  For detailed results and analysis, head over the the NEW GMPS Statistics page!

Here are your winners:

  • Pro OpenSean Bleything – Battling a big field of 14, Sean laid down an impressive 6 stroke win on his first visit to this course. With a 57 & a 56, Sean was 1 under for the day. Though he claims it got tight down the stretch, Sean was never really pushed on his way to victory to start off the season. Sharing the hot round of the day with Sean were Pete Hess & Mike Habets who tied for 3rd. Another familiar name took home second, the Prez, Chris Young. Though it was the usual suspects up top Kyle Junion, MPO newcomer, rounded out the top 5. Could he be a factor going forward? We’ll have to wait and see.
  • Pro MastersIan Thurston – Uncle Thirsty defends home court. Against other NH residents. Not sure where John J is from, but this division was at least 3/4 granite state. Nick & Ian battled and I sense that this may be a very entertaining division to watch throughout the season. With JRapp, Anne Lewis, and Dan Desch all poised to get into the mix, the Pro Masters have some new blood to compete with. Ian with the early lead.
  • Am 1James Bailey – Nice shooting James. Not sure where James came from, but similarly to last year, we’ve got a new name making noise early. Johnny Meadows set the AM1 world on fire last year by crushing the field but followed that up with zero appearances the rest of the year. Will this happen again with James? Only Mr. bailey knows and time will tell, but it’s an interesting start to the year in the GMDGC’s biggest division which sported a strong field of 20 for the first event. Former AM 2 champ Andy Powell battled and made some noise, shooting the hot AM 1 round of 59 but came up one stoke short of starting the season with a win. Can he improve on his 6th place series finish of 2013? Looks good so far. Other notable finishes: Travis Connolly shared the hot round with Andy and finished t-3 with Brad Harris, who we hope to see more of this season. Both these guys are contenders for the series this year. Don’t sleep on Dan Walsh or Jon Moorer either. Though they finished 5th & 8th respectively, they were both big factors all season in 2013 and I expect to see them in the mix all 2014 as well.
  • Am MastersGary Stansfield – Another great battle in what should be a fun division to watch. Though the field was just 4 strong, it included our top two series finishers from the 2013 Am 2 division, Tim Tadlock & Steve Bosonac.  Stansfield was able to hold them off in a close race that saw Brian Bernard take second.
  • Am 2Tim Hanson – Ah yes, the ever unpredictable AM 2 division. Usually ripe with a mix of new faces, one-tourney wonders, and up-and-comers – you never know what to expect. Hanson took it down with a comfortable 5 stroke margin but will he continue to battle for the Am 2 Championship as the year progresses? Or will this be the year we see Ben Cudd and Steve Sawyer rise in the rankings. That’s the fun part of Am 2, anything can happen. Ryan Meitiver is a familiar name that took 2nd with a low round of 67 to close. But in the end no one could touch Hanson who closed with a hot round of 66. Who will be on top at Mt. Sunapee??? It is literally anyone’s guess.
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SUNAPEE – So there you have it. Pinnacle is a wrap and Mt. Sunapee is in sight coming right up a week from this Saturday. If you haven’t registered yet, do so immediately: here. This is a NEFA event and there is a chance this one might sell out. You don’t want to be on the outside looking in. Plus who wants to miss lift access disc golf??? Also, Nick Jennings is TDing this bad boy and Sunapee has been a great addition to the DG VT/NH world, so come on out an support ‘em on May 10th!

BREWSTER – We’ve also got registration up for the B.R.O. The second incarnation of the Brewster Ridge Open is going to be even better than the first. The course is now slated to open Sunday, May 11th. Though currently playable, there are some course changes going on and the crew wants some new grass seed to take hold before opening it up to the masses. So, there will be about 2 weeks of play before the tourney. Don’t forget to get your membership! Early-bird rates have been extended due to the opening delay and will be available until the BRO. Register for the tourney soon though. There are a lot of out-of-staters already registered and pre-reg just hit 50. Only 22 spots left! Don’t get locked out!

Lastly, be on the look out for Blackfalls reg in the very near future.

Get out there and throw! The season is upon us.

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Tourney Time

The GMPS season starts this Saturday, April 26th at Pinnacle DGC in Newport, NH. If you’re not registered yet, don’t worry! There are still some spots available, but go ahead and pre-register ASAP! The deadline for pre-registration is midnight on Thursday, April 24th, and there is a $5 fee for day-of registration.  The first event of the year is also a great time to get your 2014 GMDGC membership, or if you’ve already purchased it online, you can grab your membership package including your freshly stamped disc!

THE FIRST THREE

Pinnacle isn’t the only fun lined up in the near future though! Already pre-registration is open for the first three GMDGC events. Go ahead and register now! Simply click on the title links to get signed up! Here’s the info:

In what is becoming the traditional starting event of the GMPS, Bealieu’s baby offers a tough grinding challenge for all golfers to kick off the year. Pinnacle is a unique and exciting course to play with tons of shots you just look forward to throwing! An early season grudge match between VT & NH, this tourney brings out the best in golfers early on in our season. Can’t miss this one!

The second year for Sunapee and everyone is looking forward to playing this course again. After a fun year one, people will know what to expect, even if the course isn’t open to practice before the tourney. Stay tuned for more information on practice rounds…Lift serve disc golf, what more can you ask for. NEFA sanctioned this season, so we may see some new faces. Don’t wait, reg now!

Come to the BRO braugh! The folks at Brewster go all out for events, and this year they are again raffling off GRIP bags, giving away free discs, and lining up a fun awards ceremony and after party at the local Brewster River Pub & Brewery! A course designed to work for all ages and ability levels, Brewster features 4 tees on each hole, beginner through pro. With $500 added cash and 3 trips to the Vibram Open on the line, this event should be a blast. It’s already over 1/2 full though, so if you want in, get in!

2014 GMPS Rules Changes:

If you haven’t noticed, there are 11, not 12 GMPS events this year. It is how the cookie crumbled. However, let’s clarify the guidelines for the series this season since there are a few changes:

  1. Top 6 scores count – This is the same as last season. It’s a series for a reason. To win a division, you must show that you can score well in multiple events. This year we have 11 events, but 12 chances to score thanks to the fact that…
  2. Finals is Double Points – In an effort to bring more importance to our State Championship as well as increase participants chance to score, Finals will be a return to x2 points!

Any questions? Comments? Let us know!

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Ladies League: Game Time

Are you a lady DGer? Know any? Well, the ladies league will be here before you know it! We’ll be gathering once a month for a casual round – no money, no numbered tags, just the ladies having a fun time. And as always, we’ll rotate courses each month.

We’ll also have some pretty snazzy bag tags this year. Yes you wish you threw like a girl, as we always have more fun:)

All ages and skill levels welcome and make sure to sign up for the email list to get the updates, reminder email, etc. — http://www.gmdgc.org/ladies-disc-golf/ Have a question? Email Gretchen at gkruesi@gmail.com. And don’t forget to spread the word to other ladies. continue reading »

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2014 GMDGC Membership

The first GMDGC tournament is s short 4 weeks away – have you renewed your membership yet?  Get a head start and sign up today.  It’s very easy, and you can take care of the whole process online.  Membership Director Dave Frothingham will bring you all your swag when you come to your fist tournament.

Annual membership for the GMDGC is $35 for folks 16 and older. For juniors (under 16), the cost is $20 and you get all of the same cool stuff.

  • A GMDGC disc – we have a bunch of new discs for you to chose from this year (and weights for a discgolfer of any level)
  • A handmade Bag Tag that you can wear with pride.
  • A disc mini and an erasable pocket scorecard.
  • A discount on all GMDGC logo discs
  • Voting rights at the GMDGC meetings which will be held to discuss all GMDGC matters from annual election of officers to planning of tournaments to decisions regarding the future plans of the club. As a disc golfer in Vermont this is YOUR sport and YOUR organization.
  • Eligibility in the state wide Green Mountain Points Series (more details on the GMPS page). You can take a look at the current schedule here.
  • Any GMDGC member who wishes to attend one of the PDGA “Major” events can receive a $50 scholarship from the GMDGC in support of this effort. PDGA Majors include the following: USDGC, Women’s USDGC, AM USDGC, Pro Worlds, Am Worlds. There is a limit of one scholarship per member and a limit of a total of 3 scholarships in this year’s budget. If you are interested please let us know.

Please contact Dave (gmdgcmembers@gmail.com) if you have any questions about GMDGC membership

Reminder on the “Last 2″ Rule -  if you are not a GMDGC member at the time of a GMPS tournament and then join, only your last 2 events will count towards your overall Point total for the Series when you join. This gives new players a chance to check out a couple of events and see if they are interested in joining the GMDGC and competing in the GMPS before deciding on membership.  Just remember, you have to sign up before the event for the previous two to count.  If you wait to sign up at lunch or after the event, it will count as one of your previous two tournaments. We want to encourage membership to the GMDGC as much as we can, but we also do not want players waiting to see how they finish at events and becoming a member late in the season because they finished well, or not joining at all because they did not finish in a certain place.

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2014 GMPS Schedule Released!

I know, there is still quite a bit of snow on the ground, temps are still well below freezing, and it still gets dark before 6, but disc golf season is upon us!  The 2014 Green Mountain Point Series schedule is set and there are a few changes in store for your disc chucking pleasure.  Noticeable changes this year include:

  • Black Falls will be two weeks later than its traditional Memorial Weekend date.  The question still remains, will it snow during the tournament if it’s held in June?
  • What happened to the Sap Bucket?  Scheduling challenges and course conditions have led to moving the annual tournament held in Waterbury Center back a couple of months to July, well past sugaring season.  New month – new name.  The Center Chains Classic.
  • We have a new comer!  Storrs Pond will be hosting their first GMPS event in 2014.  Check them out on Facebook to learn about this new course in Hanover, NH.

The schedule this year is a well balanced one, with no more than 2 events in any given month, and at least two weeks between tournaments.  Several of this years events will be NEFA sanctioned, and possibly PDGA sanctioned.  Wanna compete with folks outside of the Green Mountain state (and NH)? Head over to the NEFA or PDGA website to learn more and get signed up.   But before you do that, make sure you signup as a GMDGC member!  There are perks to membership, including customized disc golf swag and the opportunity to win cash or prizes at the end of the year.

Without any further ado, your 2014 GMPS schedule:

Pinnacle Spring Run-off
GMPS #1
Saturday April 26
TD: James Beaulieu
Pinnacle DGC, Newport NH
NEFA pending, PDGA pending
Mt. Sunapee Open
GMPS #2
Saturday May 10
TD: Nick Jennings & Jame Beaulieu
Mount Sunapee DGC, Sunapee NH
NEFA pending, PDGA pending
Brewster Ridge Open II
GMPS #3
Saturday May 24
TD: Jeff Spring
Brewster Ridge DGC, Jeffersonville VT
Vibram Open qualifier, PDGA C-Tier
Black Falls VIII
GMPS #4
Saturday June 7
TD: Johnny Betts
Black Falls, Montgomery VT
Gnomes Challenge
GMPS #5
Sunday June 29
TD: Chris Young
White River DGC, Randolph VT
NEFA pending
Center Chains Classic
GMPS #6
Saturday July 12
TD: Jeff Spring
Center Chains DGC, Waterbury VT
NEFA pending, PDGA pending
Base Camp Open
GMPS #7
Saturday July 26
TD: Dave Frothingham & Tim Tadlock
Base Camp Outfitters DGC, Killington VT
NEFA pending, PDGA pending
North Calais Open
GMPS #8
Saturday August 9
TD: Aaron Moore & Paul Oleander
North Calais DGC, N. Calais VT
Wrightsville Beach Open
GMPS #9
Saturday August 23
TD: Collin (& second TD TBA)
Wrightsville DGC, Middlesex VT
NEFA pending, PDGA pending
Storrs Pond Classic
GMPS #10
Saturday September 6
TD: James Beaulieu & Jeremy Mattson
Storrs Pond DGC, Hanover NH
NEFA pending, PDGA C-Tier
VT State Championships
GMPS Finals
Saturday October 11
TD: Chris Young
Brewster Ridge DGC, Jeffersonville VT