Hello Vermont disc golf fans! We are headed into another exciting weekend of tournament play with the North Calais Open in the books and the Wrightsville Open FULL! We have had some players on the wait list allowed in already and the new total is 78 players. Post on the forum thread if you are still hoping to get in and Dave Frothingham will let you know if more spots can be opened or if there are any drops.
In other news, registration for the 1st Storrs Pond Classic Presented by Salt Hill Pub is up and running. This will be GMPS #10 and the last event before the GMPS Finals & VT State Championship, for which registration has just opened as well! Storrs Pond Disc Golf Course is located in the delightful town of Hanover, NH, just over the Vermont border. The course sits in the Storrs Pond Recreation Area, a beautiful multi-use facility. The event will be NEFA sanctioned, but not PDGA sanctioned. A big thanks goes out to Salt Hill pub for sponsoring the event and adding $500 cash! They will provide food throughout the weekend, including a Friday Night party where there will be a GRIP bag giveaway. Register today!
NORTH CALAIS OPEN WRAP-UP
Thanks to Paul “Ole” Olander for this review of an exciting NCO!
“Wow, what a day it was! Thanks to all 62 players who came out on a fantastic day for golf! Everyone I talked to was very gracious and all seemed to be having a good time, in spite of the torture that Ole’s big, bad course was inflicting upon them.
It was the perfect day for scoring on this course, too. Temps in the mid-70s, light breezes, mostly sunny with some “breaks of clouds”, grass mowed but not dry. And scores there were. Congratulations to Pro Open winner Mike Habets who played two amazing below-par rounds, starting in the morning with a 2-under 63, and following that up with a new course record of 5-under par 60! That’s -7 for the two rounds! Three strokes better for a second round on golds; that’s focus and conditioning. I don’t think we have enough “generators” for a true course SSA, but there was some talk that Mike’s second round was over a 1030-rating!! Sean Bleything and Jesse Carrieri also threw below-par rounds of 64 in the morning, with Sean taking second, carding an afternoon round of 66, even par for the tourney, while Jesse held onto third with a 69 for +3 on the day. The lead was only 1 with five to play when Sean ran into trouble on #14, then again on #16, #17 and #18. Dave Frothingham and Pete Hess each bested their first round score by a stroke, playing solid golf and rose to fourth and fifth when Edwin, Jordan and Kyle faded in the second round.
As I’ve said before, staying clean is so important at NC – Mike had three bogies in the first (#11, his starting hole, and #12 and #16) but only one in the second (#1, his starting hole in that round). He also eagled the “easier” par 4 #9 in the second round, and picked up a total of nine birdies, including the wicked #2 in both rounds. Amazing shooting Mike!
Anne Lewis put two stokes and the pressure on Dan Desch in the first round for Pro Masters, but Dan responded with smooth play in the second to leapfrog into the win.
In MPG Roy Doar, an ancient NEFA-type, dominated the division (which did suffer in the first round, from golds), and Todd Sternbach came back from the first round troubles to nip Skip Santamaria for the quart. (Skip, I have your pint).
There were three playoffs in Ams: two in AM1 for 1/2 and for 3, syrup/no syrup; and one in AM2 for 2/3. The AM1s had some hot shooting from the blues in the first round, with Aaron Moore setting the course record for the blues with a 62; John Moorer carded a 63 and division winner Jim Bailey a 65. Jim minimized the bleeding in the afternoon from the golds with a 71, to tie John and ultimately take the win in the playoff, while Aaron had more trouble, allowing Ira Divoll and Matt Talbot to move up. Interesting to see the scores for the two different tees in the MA1 division – two improved on their blue rounds in the gold round (!), while most others “blue-up”.
In AM 2 Marc Anderson shot the only round in the 60s in the first, and held on to win, with Jeff Wasielewski and Evan Karge nipping at his heels. Jeff took the second in an extended playoff.
Am Masters saw Tim Tadlock come back from an absolutely disastrous first round from the golds to take 14 off his score from the blue tees and the half-gallon home, with Robert Diaz holding second by a stroke over first round leader J-P Mills.
In the AM3 division Nathan Benningson schooled his dad, Dave with a 65/67 while dad shot 68/71. Note that Nathan, Dave and Brad Palmer agreed before the second round to move back to the whites from reds.
Jen Frantz showed an excellent 70 in the second round, from whites, after a tough first from blues.
We had a full card of Junior2s and there were some hot scores in the 60’s from the red tees, including Jayce Salsar’s 65 in the second. Abraham Benningson shot rock solid at 66/67, while Jayce’s second round enabled him to nip into second over Mason Palmer who took home the pint. Colin Desch also showed a fine second round with an 8-stroke improvement over his first. Hope to see more of you young lads in the future.
First and foremost, thanks to everyone who came out. I was concerned about turnout on Tuesday morning with 27 registered but 62 was a healthy number and I appreciate it. And what a fine group it was! Without you all it wouldn’t have been near so much fun. Special thanks to you guys from NH and MA who swelled our numbers. Great to see you here!
Thanks to Ole’s Minions who did such a fine job of shining up NC. Unless you’ve prepped a course for a tourney like this you have no idea of the manhours involved. To Andrew Olander for mowing fairways, greens and clubhouse lawns; to the weedwhacking animals who helped you to be able to find your discs, who whacked through heat and rain and enraged bees-Al Rosa, Aaron Moore, Dan Desch, Dave Carter, Chris Mayone….; tee-raking and drive-improving pruner – Todd Sternbach; OB marking – Al and Doug, Dan, Todd and Dave Lavoie; new granite steps on #13 – Al and Dan and John; chicken tractor removal from TC dooryard the night before – Chris; Spring cleanup, brush hauling, OB logs, etc., etc. on Tuesday nights since the end of April – All these folks and more. Bless you!
Thanks for all the day-of help: registration and bookkeeping- Aaron, score-checking – Al, Todd, Dan, Aaron, Dave; for the masterful car-parking – Dave; for help in canning the syrup prizes until 10:30 the night before – Apprentice Sugarmaker Jordan Potvin and Sugarmaker Dan; for the awesome King Aurthur Strawberries and Cream Scones – Dave
Next year is NCDGA’s 25th Birthday. We’re already planning it. Two-and-a-half days, Pro/Am, 54/54, one round each per day, with a final 9 at noon on Sunday for the top 9 players in Pro Open, consisting of 1, 4, 6,10, 11, 14, 16, 17 and 18. Camping, swimming, fishing, boating, watching great DG being played, maybe NEFA/PDGA, added cash, fireworks, clowns and bouncy castles.”
GMPS STANDINGS REVIEW
SO! With all of that action in the books, where does that put us in the point series chases? Read on to find out! Please remember, I will only be updating the races that have their finish in the balance, so I am not forgetting those one person divisions, just getting to the juicy races.
AM2 - Last we checked, Ryan Metivier had a very healthy lead. That lead now seems underfed and malnourished as it shrinks weekly under the pressure of charging Beaver Lanes’ own Jeff Wasielewski. With only 4 tournaments played Wasielewski has a score of 369.18, no score contributing to that is under 80 pts. Ryan on the other hand, has played 5 events and is sitting in 1st with a score of 448.81, a difference of only 79.6 points. To say either of these players are truly in the lead would be folly. They have faced each other head-to-head twice, each coming out on top once. Where would you put your money? This blogger is torn. Ryan has one more meaningful score than Jeff, but Jeff seems to have the momentum. This is going to be a fun race to track this Saturday as both players are registered. With a 26 player field, other players like Ben Cudd may not make scoring well easy for either of them. Get excited!
MM1 - This division is TadLOCKED up. Where will Tim move to next year? Will he seek his 3rd straight division title in a 3rd different division?
AM1 - After a BIG win at North Calais, Jim Bailey has all but put the doubters to bed. After battling down the stretch with Jon Moorer at Calais, the entire Vermont disc golf world was left wondering “what if” and feeling deprived of a Moorer-Bailey battle that seems not-to-be after Moorer’s mid-season move up to pro. There now exists only a few scenarios where Bailey can get caught. Brad Harris, Ira Divoll, and Jon Moorer himself can all catch Bailey with strong finishes to the season. Bailey sits at 556.83, which leaves room for his competition to catch him if any of those players runs off a 3 tourney string of 1st or second place finishes. If I were to pick one person to do it, it would be Brad Harris. I don’t think Moorer will play all 3 tournaments in the AM1 division and Ira, though he battled, only scratched out a 3rd place at Calais when he needed a 1st or 2nd. With Jim playing Open at Wrightsville and both Divoll and Harris registered in Am1, it will be interesting to see how the scores look come Sunday.
MPM - After a battle at Calais, Anne Lewis was left with 50 pts as Dan Desch can back to nip her in the two person division. That didn’t help Anne much on her quest to catch Ian Thurston and Chris Sherwin. With Thurston, Desch, and Lewis all registered for Wrightsville, Sherwin may see his lead slip away after this weekend. Ian needs only 30 pts to take the lead and Lewis needs 60. With Storrs Pond up next, we could see something very close to a three way tie after this weekend, headed into the last event before the GMPS finals!
MPO - Big movement after dramatic results at Calais! Mike Habets has taken the MPO lead and Sean Bleything has jumped into second after first and second place finishes respectively. With Chris Young and Jeff Spring missing the event due to the DG World Championships in Portland, Habets and Bleything have asserted themselves as the leaders heading into the last 3 events of the season. All four are registered for Wrightsville, along with Dave Frothingham who has climbed into 4th overall with a 4th place finish and 80 pts at Calais.
There are a multitude of scenarios that could play out over these three events. Habets, Bleything, and Spring have not played 6 events yet, so we should continue to see their points jump dramatically as they roll in. Young and Frothy will have scores to drop as they beat prior finishes, but that may not have as big an effect on their points totals. The way I see it, Habets and Bleything are essentially tied, with Bleything owning the top 4 scores (2 firsts & 2 seconds) and Habets owning the top 5 scores (2 firsts, 1 second, and 2 thirds). Bleything will look to drop his 73.33 at the GMPS Finals (or at Storrs Pond if he plays). Spring is in need of wins down the homestretch if he hopes to keep the dimming light of hope alive. Young and Frothy would both need to run the table and get help from Bleything & Habets in order to have a chance. So there you have it. Mike Habets is in the drivers seat as we head into the last events of the season. After 3rd in 2012 and 2nd in 2013, Habets must be feeling as though this is his year, but with Sean Bleything ready to take the lead with any misstep, this should be fun to watch!