BurkeView Recap & GMPS Finals/State Championship Preview
GMPS FINALS/STATE CHAMPIONSHIP ON 10/30!
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.
Big thanks to Droo Fisher for providing the following write up and pictures from this great event!
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.
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!
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!