Blackfalls VIII Set For Saturday!

It’s been a whirlwind of a start to the GMPS season and we’ve got one of the best courses in the country as our playground for the next stop. Currently rated #17 overall on dgcoursereview.com, Blackfalls has been a treasured oasis in the Vermont disc golf scene since the turn of the century. This Saturday, June 7th, the GMPS returns for an exciting day of golf as we move towards the meat of the summer schedule. If you haven’t registered yet, you have until Friday at 4pm to get your paypal in, which at this point should be a priority. For those who haven’t been to Blackfalls yet, you must attend this event. It’s required. But seriously, this could be a big event for many of the competitors across all divisions as our early leaders try to retain their place atop the standings. REGISTER TODAY!

Some of you may be wondering where the recaps are for Mt. Sunapee & Brewster Ridge. Well have no fear! A thorough GMPS update will be posted tomorrow afternoon to set the stage for the impending drama at Blackfalls. See you out there.

A famous flick flies down the 10th at Blackfalls.

A famous flick flies down the 10th at Blackfalls.

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Ladies League: Center Chains

This past weekend the ladies rocked it for our opening round at Center Chains.  Yeah I know you wish were there – but you weren’t invited.

It was a perfect, sunny Vermont  day . I was thrilled to have a first-timer-player join us and  reminded me even more why I started putting these ladies rounds together – to get more women playing discgolf. Yeah lady discgolfers!

I of course took pictures. Oh and don’t forget that the next ladies round is Sun. June 1st (Brewster Ridge DGC). Shoot me a message for any questions and sign up here: http://bit.ly/ladiesDG. And as always, feel free to spread the word!

P.S. This is a ladies league in order to bring more women into the sport. Friends and partners of the ladies are welcome to come play their own round while the ladies are rockin’ it. We will on occasion make an exception and let the boys play with us – but the rules are you must wear a dress. And yes I will take pictures and pass them along to the internets.

 

The Ladies League Basics:

  • One round (but if any ladies want play a second that’s of course cool)
  • Non-competitive (I’ll bring score cards for those that want them)
  • Rotating courses
  • Rotating between Saturday and Sunday’s
  • Starting time will stay consistent at 10am
  • Runs May – September
  • Bag tags  – Yes we have them. You show up, you get one. No they are not numbered – being non-competitive and all
  • It’s all about fun and spreading disc golf to more ladies:)

2014 Schedule:

  • Sun. June 1st – Brewster Ridge DGC, Jeffersonville
  • Sat. July 19th – Wrightsville DGC, Middlesex
  • Sat. August 16th - Johnson  DGC, Johson State College
  • Sun. September 7th- Barre Quarries DGC

May 17th: Learn to Play Disc Golf Day!

Next Saturday will be a day to remember for Vermont Disc Golf! 3 of the state’s prime public courses open their tees to anyone and everyone who would like to learn disc golf or improve their game, for free! Base Camp Outfitters DGC (Southern VT), Wrightsville Beach (Central VT), and Brewster Ridge (Northern VT) are partnering up to get Vermonters playing disc golf.

From 1pm-4pm, each course will have instructors lined up to teach the basics of the game. Using a system of stations, participants will learn proper grip, putting technique, how to throw mid-range discs, as well as the history and rules of the game. Discs will be provided at all 3 locations and at the end of the session, the courses will be opened up for free play.

Beginners will have the option to buy discounted putters and midrange discs for $5 at the close of the session. Press releases have been and will continue to be sent out and local media outlets are alerted about this exciting event. The GMDGC hopes to spread awareness about the benefits of this great sport! If you would like to get involved, please contact Mike Miller (Southern VT), Collin O’Neill (Central VT), or Jeff Spring (Northern VT) to find out how you can help! We encourage all members to bring at least one person who is new to the game in the past year to one of these great courses. Click here to get to the official thread on the forum for contact information and questions.

So, do your good deed for the week and consider contributing to this new event that the GMDGC hopes to grow in the future! Pay it forward!

Oh, and don’t for get about GMPS #2 at Mt. Sunapee tomorrow! Online Reg is closed but there are still spots, so if you are interested, you can register at the start of the tourney tomorrow morning!


Prez Teeing off on 17 Pinnacle

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.

Pinnacle

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!