2017 GMPS Schedule Released!


2016’s GMPS Champions from each division! Get ready for the 2017 schedule if you aim to be in this picture come October!

In Early March, the GMPS schedule was finalized! With 10 events, competitors top 5 scores will count! All events are single points with the exception of the Vermont State Championship, which is double points and serves as the GMPS Finals. The GMDGC board of directors works hard to weigh all considerations and options regarding scheduling and courses. Here are the results:

GMPS #1: 5/13/17 – The Quarries Throwdown
Course: The Quarries DGC
Barre, Vt. (PDGA/NEFA)
TD – Andy Powell

GMPS #2: 5/27/17 – The Sap Bucket Open
Course: Center Chains DGC
Waterbury, VT
TD – John Sudarsky

GMPS #3: 6/10-11/17 – Brewster Ridge Open V (BRO V)
Courses: Brewster Ridge & Fox Run Meadows
Smugglers’ Notch Resort, VT (PDGA/NEFA)
TD – Jeff Spring

GMPS #4: 6/25/17 Gnomes Challenge X
Course: White River DGC
Randolph, VT (NEFA)
Td. Chris Young

GMPS #5: 7/1/17 – Base Camp Open
Course: Base Camp DGC
Killington, VT (PDGA/NEFA)
Td. Mike Miller/Dave Frothingham

GMPS #6: 7/15/ 17 – Blackfalls XI
Course: Black Falls DGC
Montgomery, VT
TD – Chris Martin/Corey Clark

GMPS #7: 8/5/17 – North Calais Maple Extravaganza 2017
Course: North Calais DGC
North Calais, VT
TD – Dave Carter

GMPS #8: 8/19/17 – Wrightsville Beach Open
Course: Wrightsville Beach DGC
Middlesex, VT (NEFA)
TD – Dave Frothingham

GMPS #9: 9/9/17 – Storrs Pond Classic
Course: Storrs Pond DGC
Hanover, NH. (LFTD)
TD – Dan Walsh.

GMPS FINALS: 10/15/17 – Vermont State Championship
Courses: Brewster Ridge & Fox Run Meadows
Smugglers’ Notch Resort, VT
TDs – Jeff Spring/Chris Young

Brewster Ridge Disc Golf Course Hole #2 by Steven Valkenberg

Get ready for some disc golf!



The 11th GMDGC Ice Bucket is only ONE WEEK AWAY, taking place on Saturday, February 4th at the Center Chains disc golf course in Waterbury Center, VT. This event is part of the National Ice Bowl series where participants play disc golf in mid-winter in order to raise money for local food shelves. It is a great way for ALL Vermont disc golfers to have fun, donate to a good cause, and enjoy the Vermont disc golf community.

GMDGC President Chris Young spearheads donations and fundraising and Treasurer Pete Hess helps direct the event while over 50 Vermont disc golfers fund raise and show up to play. All entry fees, donations, sponsorship cash, and purchased mulligans (a fun quirk of the Ice Bucket that gives players multiple shot attempts for $$$) go towards the fundraising goal of $16,000! Each player gets to leave with a little something, as local businesses support the event by donating dozens of prizes to the event. On top of the fundraising, players do compete to win the event which has a singles round followed by a doubles round. For more information on the event including registration, event schedule, prize listing, and ways to donate, CLICK HERE.

The Ice Bucket has a rich history of being one of the most productive Ice Bowls in the entire world. In 2016 Ice Bowls in total had 13,140 disc golfers participate and raise $357,452, which pushes the charitable total raised by Ice Bowls since 1996 to $3.51 million. All of this money was given to local organizations dedicated to fighting hunger. Here in Vermont, our GMDGC Ice Bowl, came in 2nd Place for “Money Raised” out of 218 events nationwide. We raised a record high of $15,143!!! To date, the GMDGC Ice Bowl has raised close to $64,000 in 10 years!! The local food shelves that we have given to have been the Waterbury Emergency Food Shelf and the Lamoille Community Food Share. Join in to help make an impact!


2016 Ice Bowlers brave the cold and snowy elements!

It’s not too late to join! If you cannot attend, but would like to donate, please do so: DONATE. There are prizes for the top money raiser, so list the disc golfer that you would like to donate in the name of! Even if you can only give a small amount, or show up to play, every little bit helps! Thank you for helping the GMDGC fight hunger in VT!

BurkeView Recap & GMPS Finals/State Championship Preview


We are just over ONE week away from the close of the GMPS season! The season will end on the oldest and most challenging courses in the state, North Calais, next Sunday, 10/30, with the State Championship and GMPS Finals! Don’t miss this event! For more info, including registration details, please visit the forum thread HERE.

The first fairway at North Calais

The first fairway at North Calais


Big thanks to Droo Fisher for providing the following write up and pictures from this great event!


The beautiful view from up high on the LSC course.

As the sun peeked over the mountains and I gazed across Lyndonville from the disc golf course at Lyndon State College, I remembered my first round of disc golf in Vermont. It took place just over 4 years ago, and I fell in love with the scenery, the weather, and the sheer beauty of the Northeast Kingdom. I also remembered that this was the course where I played in my first GMDGC tournament, three years ago. I was thrilled to earn a $11 in gear with my finish, and didn’t even mind missing the Chiefs beating the Cowboys on that day. Things have changed quite a bit since that time for me, but one thing remains consistent: the quality of the competition and spirit of the people that show up to throw with friendly passion and a sense of adventure.

Fast fowarding to Saturday, October 8th, a day that featured wind gusts that caused literal showers of pine needles to fall on my group, the scores were surprisingly low and the moods were surprisingly good. The highlight of the tournament was the hot play in the Open Division of both Evan Shper and Mike Habets – who tied at 114 (0) to finish. Evan won on the first playoff hole: a hybrid layout thrown from the tee box of 13 back down to the basket on hole 11. Local legend Travis Keller was just off the pace and finished at 117 (+3).

Theirs was not the only pro division playoff, however, as Cary Powell and Marcos Miller both had stellar rounds of 126 (+12), with Miller winning the playoff for the MPG division. For the MPM division, Steve Valkenberg managed a 130 (+16) to hold off course creator Jamie Struck and the ageless George Boone.


Competitors walk towards the 6th green at LSC, after hopefully punching through the tree line and parking one next to this short hole’s basket!

As always, the largest division was the MA2 group, totaling 18 players with some eyebrow raising scores. Eddie Crease was able to rally to overcome A.J. Seibel’s hot first round of 56 (-1), with two consistent and strong rounds to finish at 118 (+4) and a three-stroke win over Seibel.

Although the crowd was not as big as some other events, the quality of play was strong. Those that managed to undertake the drive to the NEK to brave one of the most difficult courses in Vermont were treated to a picturesque course, freshly maintained and dotted with divine views of the vibrant foliage. Thanks to all that came out to participate and for making my first TD experience a great one. I am looking forward to getting back into the tour. So, see you all in at the Vermont State Finals!

– DrooFish

We hope to get a SEASON IN REVIEW post up before the finals to peak into the division battles heading into the point series finals at Calais! Until then, enjoy the disc golf with less leaves on the trees to stop your disc!

North Calais Maple Extravaganza 2016 & Other Events

It’s been a while since and update, but don’t worry, we have results, photos and recaps logged and will update you on all the GMPS action from the past 2 months soon! The GMPS points series races are heating up and the next event is the North Calais Maple Extravaganza! This event is on one of the best and most revered courses in New England and is filling up fast! For more info and to register, check out the forum link HERE.

The 18th basket on the epic closing hole at North Calais DGC

The 18th basket on the epic closing hole at North Calais DGC

There are also events coming up the following weekend! Our friendly neighbors to the north are hosting their Provincial Championship the weekend of August 13th & 14th! A two day event, the Provincials have grown into a big regional event and this should be one of the best events that they have put on to date! Check out their site and register HERE.


For those golfers who can’t make the 2-day Provincial event, try out the 1st Annual Smuggs Summer Classic, a 1 round team scramble at Brewster Ridge. It happens to be on the same weekend that Brewster Ridge will open their 18-hole Fox Run layout. Register for this FUNdraiser HERE and check out the facebook event HERE.

That’s all for now, but check back soon for a recap of the disc golf action that has been going on in June & July!

Mining for Course Records in Barre

We couldn’t write a better recap than the one TD Andy Powell posted in the forum, so it’s attached below.  Congrats to Andy and Al Rosa on a great event at a new Vermont course that’s becoming quite a draw!  Brewster Ridge Open is up next, stay tuned…

The perilous teebox on Quarries 13…

From the forum…
What a day! This tournament has officially exceeded my wildest expectations.
First there were my expectations for the course. I am always amazed by this place. If your last time playing here was the original Fall Platter tournament, or even last year’s Throwdown, then you have no idea what this place has become. Al Rosa and company have polished this truly unique piece of property into a perfect combination of challenge and scenic beauty.
Then there were my expectations for player interest. After a field of 45 last year, I had told the Parks and Rec board that I expected a crowd in the mid-50’s this year. Instead 82 players made the trip out to Barre on a beautiful Saturday. Despite at least 4 or 5 big tournaments in the surrounding states and provinces, we drew in quality competition from Rhode Island, Connecticut, Massechusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Quebec, and of course Vermont. 11 of the 12 NEFA divisions were represented with only FPO remaining empty (Alex Benson I’m looking at you for next year). I can’t wait to put on a good show for next year’s 90 person (sellout?) crowd!So now to the action:
* Nick Gross crushed the old course record with an unofficially 1026 rated first round of 50 (-11)! He then held on for the win with a 56 in the 2nd.
* Dario Re shot the old course record of 54 twice to come in a close 2nd place, but got some revenge with a 1 point win in Mini Madness at the awards ceremony.
* Anne Lewis used a strong 1st round to beat out course designer and workhorse Al Rosa in
* Daniel Marcus won MPG (and a “really cool trophy”) in a one hole playoff with Davis Johnson and Karl Molitoris.
* Chris Wentzell is determined to get a GMPS division title after coming so close last year in MA2. It shows as he took his second MA1 win in 3 events!
* Alex Benson and Brian Betit put on shows of domination in FA1 and MM1 respectively. Alex’s 58 from the white tees is also a new official course record!
* Norm Peterson and James Hickman shot well in the single-player fields of MG1 and MJ1.
* Mike Finn fought through to earn a 1 stroke victory over a 20 person MA2 field.
* Beth Nordahl came through with the win in FA2 in her first tournament. Bush league represent!
* Denver Heath signed up day-of and went on to grab the victory in an 8 person field in MA3.

It was great to see a lot of familiar faces out on the course yesterday. Kyle it was a blast to play with you for the first time in about 5 years (even if it was only for 12 holes). T.M. and crew, it was great to finally get to host you guys for a change! I also loved seeing all the new faces out there. I love it when a junior gets to walk in off the street, and walk out a champion. I love seeing women’s divisions becoming more popular with local and travelling players. I love seeing the rec players who just thought that they’d give this tournament thing a try, and now because of one day of fun they’re hooked! (We’ve got Garrett Worley for sure!) After all it was 9 years ago that I got hooked playing in a 5 person rec field at the Sugarbush Open. Yesterday 2 of those 5 rec players were your course designer/maintainer and your TD. Who knows where the new players from this weekend will be in 10 years!

Full results: http://www.pdga.com/tour/event/26845

Every year I’m learning at this, and I already know what I have to do to make next year even better. Are you ready for The Quarries Throwdown 2017?

–Andy Powell (Tournament Director)