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 Open – Sean 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 Masters – Ian 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 1 – James 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 Masters – Gary 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 2 – Tim 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.
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.