Before we cover the action from this weekend’s BROIII, get yourself over to the forums and register for the 9th annual Black Falls tourney! Black Falls and its owner, the great Jonny Betts, are incomparable figures in VT disc golf. The course is as beautiful as it is challenging and has earned its ranking as the 13th highest-rated venue in the country via DGCR. Sign up now and enjoy your pilgrimage to Black Falls this fine weekend! Go now – we’ll wait. Are you finished? Okay then, read on…
The Brewster Ridge Open means 3 things: severe weather, bad “bro” puns, and the deepest competition in the GMPS. With a field of 76 players from all over New England, Sunday’s BROIII more than lived up to its billing. The MPO race pitted BROI winner Jeff Spring against BROII winner Daniel Marcus, who shot the hot morning round of 55 on a mixed Brewster Ridge / Fox Run layout. Spring started the second round on the “OG 18” with a 2-stroke deficit and kept himself in the hunt with steady golf despite the cold and rainy conditions. Back-to-back birdies on 13 and 14 brought Jeff within 1 stroke. He had a chance to overtake Marcus on 15 but his 40’ deuce putt sailed long to push the hole. Both players threw good drives on 16 and it appeared they’d each have a routine up-and-down. That was true for Spring but Marcus ceded the lead with a rare misstep when his next 2 shots found early trees. From there Jeff defended his one stroke advantage with 3’s on holes 17 and 18 (which Marcus matched) and secured his second BRO title in dramatic fashion. The victory was all the more impressive with Spring juggling a full plate of TD responsibilities leading up to and during the event. This was a 2-man race the whole way with lead card mates Jim Bailey and Dave Jackson enjoying the show!
BRO saw the return to prominence of James “Rangduce” Sweat with an MA1 win, narrowly edging out Chris Martin (with another strong showing on the heels of a Center Chains win) and Eric “Kovo” Kevorkian. Julius Caesar once said “Veni Vidi Kulchuck” which loosely translated means Bob Kulchuk came to VT and kicked butt in the Pro Masters division. Playing the course for the first time (a little GMC tune-up trip) Bob was outstanding on Fox Run, carding a textbook 28 en route to an 11 stroke victory over Anne Lewis and the 6 player division. Who knew Devens guys could throw well in fields?
Elsewhere on the leaderboard John Mclaughlin threw well on his home course to take the MG1 division. Casey Tanner emerged victorious in MA2 with a 1-stroke advantage over “our favorite intermediate player,” Andy Powell. Amelia Fotheringham made it back-to-back wins in FA2 beating out a competitive 6-player field.
“Family” was a key theme yet again at this well-attended GMPS event. Steve and Joy Hartwell kept it in the family by completing another “Hartwell sweep” and taking their respective Grandmasters divisions. Steve did so with a come-from-behind win over the 4 player field. The Ogrizovich boys had a sweep of their own with Nick taking MM1 and Dan MA3. The story of the tournament, however, was 5 year-old Finn “McMissile” Etter (thats a Cars 2 joke) playing all day in adverse conditions to notch a victory in the Juniors<10 division. Finn was supported by his parents/caddies on the course and turned a lot of heads with his impressive drives and solid touch inside the circle. Thanks, Etter family, for brightening everyone’s rainy day. Mark your calendars, MPO players, you’ve got a 5 year window to win some $$$ before this kid is eating your lunch!
Finally lets have a big round of internet applause for Jeff, Jon, Pat and the whole Brewster Crew. Its a beautiful course in immaculate condition. You don’t need to take my word for it either – you can ask Maple Hill superintendent Dave Jackson who gave glowing praise throughout the 2nd round! Its also not clear whether Jeff was a better player or TD on Sunday and thats a very good thing.
With GMPS points updated through BRO stay tuned for an update on the points races in the coming days. Did I mention you should SIGN UP FOR BLACK FALLS?