“Training” for 2015

Back when the snow was not-quite ankle deep

 

Everybody’s got a different idea of offseason training in disc golf:  Hess and Bleything play hockey, Spring skis up and down mountains, Frothy flips truck tires, etc.  Personally, I prefer to curl up in bed with an ipad pressed to my nose and watch all the disc golf videos on the internet.  Twice.  This routine has in NO WAY improved my fitness or throwing ability.  It HAS, however, exposed me to some really memorable disc golf moments and made me increasingly excited about the upcoming season.  If you’d like to share in that excitement try watching (or re-watching) some of my Top 6 DG videos from the past year, detailed below.

BUT FIRST!! Have you signed up for 2015 GMDGC Membership!?  With annual memberships as low as $20 and options for GMDGC schwag and discounted NEFA memberships you can’t afford NOT to.  Also I promise it will make the snow melt faster.

6) 2014 Rochester Flying Disc Open Final Round (Rochester, NY).  Young gun Simon Lizotte takes on crafty veteran Dave Feldberg.  The 18th hole is ridiculous.

5) 2014 PDGA Pro Worlds Final 9 (Portland, OR).  Another fight at the finish – this time featuring Ricky Wysocki and Paul McBeth.  Watch the gallery sprint from hole-to-hole for fear of missing any action. Cue Jim Mora: “PLAYOFFS!?”

4) 2014 USDGC Final Round (Rock Hill, SC).  High drama throughout the round to crown a US champion.  Sometimes you make the island and sometimes you don’t (3 times).

3) 2014 Maple Hill Open Final Round (Leicester, MA).  Maple Hill is a beast with water, OB, and elevation.  The top card turns in a performance worthy of the legendary course that comes down to Ricky and Big Jerm on the hole 18 island green.  Also Ricky’s “approach” on 9 was pretty ok.

2) 2015 Memorial Championship Final Round (Scottsdale, AZ).  Capping a tournament that saw a Nate Doss hole-1 ace on the SportsCenter Top10 was an absolute battle between Big Jerm and Paul McBeth.  The thrilling finish highlights the camaraderie and competition that go hand-in-hand at the pinnacle of our sport.

1) 2014 Green Mountain Championship Round 3 (Jeffersonville, VT).  This is the latest and greatest installment of throw-by-throw coverage from the biggest tournament Vermont has yet seen.  Watch some of the best in the world shred your favorite course and listen to the soothing tones of Jeff Spring to boot!

 

 

 

2015 GMPS Schedule Released

Remember when the world gets green again? It may seem like a long way off...but it's coming!

Remember when the world gets green again? It may seem like a long way off…but it’s coming!

Mark your calendars because the 2015 GMPS schedule has been released! Featuring 11 events and a 2X Points GMPS Finals to be held for the first time ever at Wrightsville Beach Disc Golf Course this year looks better than ever! This gives competitors 13 chances to record points. Competitor’s top 6 scores will be kept to determine each division’s champion, meaning if you score in more than 6 events, your lowest scores will be dropped. The scoring system and division offerings remain the same as in the past, with winners scoring 100 points and the remaining players dividing points based on place and depth of field. All events are on Saturday unless otherwise noted. Event registration will open no later than 3 weeks in advance and will be posted on the forum, homepage, and social media. Events of note include the return of the Sap Bucket, the first ever GMPS at the Quarries in Barre Town, a 25th anniversary for the NCDGA – the oldest disc golf course and organization in the state, and the return of the BurkeView Open @ Lyndon State College! Check out this stacked line-up!

THE SCHEDULE:

GMPS#1 – Pinnacle Spring Run Off VI: May 2ndTD(s): Spencer Weatherholt & Dan Walsh
GMPS #2 – Sap Bucket Open XIIMay 16th –  TD: John Sudarsky
GMPS #3 – Brewster Ridge Open IIIMay 31st – TD: Jeff Spring (Maple Hill Open Qualifier)
GMPS #4 – Black Falls IXJune 6th – TD: Sean Bleything
GMPS #5 – Gnomes Challenge VIIISunday, June 21 – TD: Chris Young
GMPS #6 The Quarries ThrowdownJuly 11th – TD(s): Al Rosa and Andy Powell
GMPS #7 – Base Camp OpenJuly 25th – TD: Mike Miller and Dave Frothingham
GMPS #8 – The North Calais Open & 25th Anniversary Celebration! – Aug 8th & 9th – TD: TBD
GMPS #9  – Wrightsville Beach OpenAug 22nd – TD: TBD
GMPS #10 – The 2nd Storrs Pond ClassicSept 12th – TD: Spencer Weatherholt & Dan Walsh
GMPS #11 – Burke View Open VI @ LSC – Oct 3rdTD: Jim Bailey & Jamie Struck
VT States/GMPS Finals (2x points) @ Wrightsville Beach – Oct 17th – TD: Chris Young

On top of this NEFA Finals are being held in Vermont this year! Base Camp has stepped up to run this event and it promises to be a doozie! Therefore, many events this season will be NEFA sanctioned. The great part about this is that NEFA has offered to cover all per player fees associated with their events in order to increase participation and pump up finals in VT. They are also offering a reduced $15 membership when purchased with your GMDGC membership! Sanctioning, including PDGA sanctioning, will be announced individually for each event.

Speaking of membership, we would like to announce a new, reduced cost option for 2015 members!
  • 2015 GMDGC Membership – $20 (includes membership, GMPS qualification, and numbered bag tag)
  • 2015 Membership PLUS – $35 (includes membership items, PLUS personalized reusable scorecard, GMDGC stamped disc, and stamped Mini)
  • 2015 GMDGC/NEFA Combo Membership – $35 (includes basic membership for both organizations)
  • 2015 GMDGC/NEFA Combo PLUS – $50 (includes membership in both organization, plus the disc, scorecard and mini)
  • 2015 GMDGC Junior Membership – $20 (still includes all the fixins for the junior rate of $20)

2015 Membership sales go live on Thursday, March 5th on this site, so check back and get your membership ASAP!

Other Events:
  • March 28th – Vergennes Spring Fling – Kick off the season right!
  • May 23rd – 2nd Annual LEARN to PLAY DAY – At Brewster Ridge and other courses across the state! Turn out some new players!
  • June 13th – The North Calais Shootout – A fun format to compete in!
  • July – Trilogy Challenge @ Brewster Ridge – Date TBD, featuring the release of 3 new models from Westside, Lat 64 and Dynamic.
  • September 18th-20th – The 3rd Green Mountain Championship – PDGA A-Tier, full week of events including a craft brewfest and live music. Bigger and better than ever.
  • Early October – NEFA FINALS – BCO, more details TBA.
Let us know if your event is missing and we will get it on there! Next week we will be releasing the League schedule for the season so check back in to check out which league to choose this year!

The 2015 Ice Bucket IX Starts Rolling!

After a RECORD BREAKING 2014, The GMPS Ice Bucket is back and ready to shatter records once again! For those new to this event, the Ice Bucket is Vermont’s version of the ICE BOWL events that happen all over the country in a unified Disc Golf effort to raise money and food for local food shelves every winter. Last winter, the GMDGC Bucket VIII raised $9,504 which was split between Waterbury Area Food Shelf and the Lamoille Community Food Share. That’s the 3rd highest total in the WORLD (out of approx. 250 events) for Money Raised!!!

This year the Ice Bucket is going down on January 31st. REGISTER HERE. Disc golfers play two rounds in the snow and cold at Center Chains DGC in Waterbury Center. One of the great parts about playing in the Ice Bucket is the great support from local businesses. In fact, over the last few years, every player has gotten a prize donated from a local business. This is to help raise awareness of the event in the local community, to motivate fundraisers (top fundraisers get the first picks of prizes), and to funnel all the cash donations to the charities! For a full slate of information and current forum updates: GO HERE

Be one of the first 50 people to register and get a free disc with this SWEET Marro stamp!

Be one of the first 50 people to register and get a free disc with this SWEET Marro stamp!

Lastly, we need you to help raise money whether or not you can attend the event. ANYONE can help! It’s easy. Simply direct friends and family to THIS LINK. This is a super easy way to ask friends and family to donate money. If you aren’t playing, this is where you can donate as well! The first 50 people to raise over $50 get a FREE Buzzz, with a custom Matt Marro stamp (shown above). So, get on your proverbial fundraising horse and keep on the look out for updates! There will be a few fundraising events before the actual event so try to make it out and help the cause!

EVENT DETAILS:

Player Check-In: 8am
Players Meeting: 8:45am
Round 1 start: 9am

FORMAT: 1st round is singles play and 2nd round is high/Lo Doubles with half the holes being worst shot.

MULLIGANS: Mulligans may be purchased for $1 each before round 1 starts and for $2 each before round 2 starts.

LUNCH : will be provided again this year! We will have lunch ( and awards) at the Grange Hall just across the street from the course. There will be a seperate thread in the tournaments section if you can volunteer to bring something, stay tuned for that in the coming weeks.

ENTRY FEE

  • Basic Entry Fee: $20
  • Generous Golfer Package: $50 (Includes entry fee, 36 mulligans and handi heats)
  • Endless Mulligan Package: $150 ( Includes entry fee, unlimited mulligans and handi heats)

TROPHIES: Sherwin Art Glass, handblown trophies for Overall Winner, Singles round winner,Doubles Team winners,Top Fundraiser and Top Volunteer.

TOP FUNDRAISER: The person who raises the most money will again get to pick first from the list of prizes and will also get a custom Sherwin trophy. Last year the Top Fundraiser walked away with a brand new Burton snowboard, so get out there and raise some money!

PRIZES: The last few years all players have left with a prize! Last year we had Burton snowboards,$50 gift cards to the Farmhouse & Hen of the Wood, lift tickets to Mad River Glen, gift cards to City Market and 3Penny Taproom, tons of brand new discs and DG gear and many, many more.

An Exciting 2014 Season Closes at GMPS Finals on 10/11

The year kicked off with the Ice Bucket and a record setting fundraising effort.

The year kicked off with the Ice Bucket and a record setting fundraising effort.

Well, it’s been a few weeks since Storrs Pond, and a week since the A-Tier at Brewster Ridge. Time to set our sites on the State Championship AKA the GMPS Finals! The 2014 edition will be held, for the first time, at Brewster Ridge DG. Brewster is prime right now after spending the second half of the summer being meticulously groomed by their staff of Jon Lange and Pat Abbott in prep for the GMC. Vermonters and GMDGC members will get to test their games against the same course that some of the best in the world just did.

We are still 10 days away, but registration is filling up at an increasingly fast pace. We are now half full! With many division titles on the line, let alone a chance to become a state champ in your division, Vermonters will most likely fill this tournament by early next week. In the run up to the event, we will be bringing you in depth analysis of each division and what to watch for in this exciting event! Check back for more coverage.

This gives you about 7 days to register or live in regret for the rest of your days. No one wants to miss this event as the GMDGC will be holding its first annual banquet after play concludes. That’s right, a free BBQ as end of season awards are being doled out. Brewster is also opening its grounds for camping (just make sure to contact Jspring before hand) and plans are being discussed to offer a Fox Run glow round (something truly magical) if the weather is right! What are you waiting for! The GMDGCs signature event is just around the corner! REGISTER HERE.

Make sure you don't miss our banquet and crowning of the GMPS Champs! Here's a throw back to 2012 winners at NCDG.

Make sure you don’t miss our banquet and crowning of the GMPS Champs! Here’s a throw back to 2012 winners at NCDG.

GMC Wrap Up

Prodigy’s Green Mountain Championship @ Smuggler’s Notch Resort Delivers!

 

In its second year, the Green Mountain Championship delivered in a big way. Boasting $8,000 added cash and over an $18,000 total purse of cash and prizes, this A-Tier played like an NT, and featured events that went beyond what was offered nearly anywhere else on tour in 2014! Jeff Spring, the tournament director, reports that there were upwards of 300 people on the course throughout the Sunday watching the final round and thanks Prodigy Disc and Fiddlehead Brewing Company for their support of the event.

 

The event’s largest field, MPO, was hotly contested by some of the tour’s highest ranked pro players. The mix of contenders throughout the weekend included Simon Lizotte, Steve Brinster, Will Schusterick, Ricky Wysocki, and Northeastern pros Kyle Moriarty and Jason Dore. The action spanned three rounds of 27, 18, and 18 , respectively before finishing with an exciting final 9. Check out the unofficial results here.

 

Lizotte was the first round leader after an 8-under par 82 first round. However, Wysocki, Brinster, and Jason Dore were all right on his heels after the first day that saw higher scores than anticipated. Schusterick made a move in round two, and climbed back into the mix, positioning himself in a great spot for a final day charge. However, it was not to be for Will as Wysocki, the GMC defending champion, ended up prevailing in an exciting final day that saw great play from both Jason Dore and Schusterick, as well as first-round leader Simon Lizotte, who threw some truly incredible shots on lines no one else could imagine. Wysocki is now the 2X-defending champion and his stellar play on Brewster Ridge makes it easy to imagine him as the 3X champion come 2015, where Spring plans to double the size of the event yet again.

 

Play in other division was exciting as well! Jon Marcus came back to the tour after years of not playing tournament golf, at the behest of his brother Daniel, to then go on and beat Daniel by one stroke in Pro Grandmasters. Local pro Anne Lewis took down the FPO division and Peter Belizi travelled from Portland, OR to win the Masters title. Check out the results to see how the AM divisions finished, as there were many great scores and notable performances.

 

This weekend wasn’t only about the competition though. The event kicked off at Cambridge Elementary School and the community rallied around the sport and turned out over 200 folks for the disc golf village fair. Food vendors, Backcountry’s Downtown Disc Golf Course, Discmania’s Deep in the Game Clinic, music from a DJ, a raffle to benefit the Cambridge’s afterschool program, and Innova’s Long Drive contest all contributed to a fantastic start to the event that would see many kids and community members spectate at Brewster Ridge throughout the weekend. Steve Brinster won the long drive contest, as he took out Simon Lizotte in a thrilling final Round!

 

Fiddlehead Brewing Company also delivered with the delicious Hyzer Flip Double IPA. Colorful art featuring a disc golf basket and the Smugglers’ mountains makes this can not only tasty, but collectable. Over 175 cases were sold throughout the weekend as well as enjoyed during the performances of 3 different live bands that were provided during the player’s party and the can release party. With late night putting and CTP contests, this event truly seemed to have everything a player could want including access to the heart of the green mountains that provide stunning views, hikes, waterfalls, cliff jumps, and relaxation in nature.

 

Spring has had his sights set on next year since before this tournament ended! He plans on again doubling the added cash, hopes to expand the field, and add to the fall festivities that go along with it. Player’s loved staying on site in luxurious condos right next to the course and Spring sees that as a recipe for success. He plans on keeping the same dates as fall foliage in the Vermont Mountains just started to turn during this weekend that saw great weather and great disc golf action. Smugglers’ Notch Resort’s video manager, Alex Martin captured the action all weekend. Check out the Day 1 wrap up below and get ready for shot-by-shot lead card coverage of rounds 2 & 3 that will drop after the USDGC!