GMPS 2016 Starts Strong at Pinnacle

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Jeff Spring and the funnest CTP in sports



After a long layoff the GMPS season opened with a bang at Pinnacle (Newport, NH) on May 7.  The event sold out at an event-record 90 players and was dual-sanctioned with the NH points series (Live Free and Drive Tour).  Players from both shores of the CT River were treated to a great day of disc golf – see below for a quick rundown.  Before you do, though, jump over to DGS and register for GMPS #2: The 13th annual Sap Bucket @ Center Chains (Waterbury, VT).  John Sudarsky is brewing up another great NEFA/PDGA tournament at this classic Vermont course, just minutes from the I-89 “IPA Highway.”

TD’ed smoothly by Spencer Weatherholt and Dan Walsh (played by “His Excellency the Reverend” Gary Stansfield) Pinnacle marked the first of many collaborations between GMPS and LFDT.  Both organizations enjoyed bigger, better fields than their separate events at the course in 2015.  We look forward to another successful dual-sanctioned event at Storrs Pond this fall and hopefully a continuation of the friendly border war next year!

But enough about lame organizational stuff, who threw discs into baskets well at Pinnacle?  There were a couple of “local boy makes good” stories:  Newport local Bret Sorter beat the rest of the MA2 field by 7 strokes! (it must’ve been the cart).  After a strong showing in MA2 last year, Chris Wentzell took down his home opener with a narrow victory over kinda-local Alan Gofberg (who remains the only player I’ve seen take a courtesy violation from 3 holes away thanks to a colorful hotel-bathroom story).  Peter Anderson backed up his Top O’ The Hill MPG victory with another one, this time via playoff vs Marcos Miller.  Chris Young officially outlived his name and took down his first MASTERS event, prompting Spencer to accuse him of competing under a forged Dominican birth certificate.

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In one of his quieter moments, Alan Gofberg saves 4 from beyond the stream on 14. Nice putt!

The big-boy division was won by Concord native and Top O’ The Hill player Tyler Colby.  Tyler shot a (competition) COURSE-RECORD 51 to smoke Jim Bailey’s morning hot-round of 54 en route to a 3 stroke victory.  He did it in characteristic Colby fashion- throwing controlled drives and smashing line drive putts in and out of the circle.  We may not see him in the Green Mountain State, but Colby is a force to be reckoned with in NH disc golf!

You can check the forum for full results (bizarrely out-of-order) and accompanying trash talk.  That’s all from New Hampshire, on to Sap Bucket!!

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“That’s the course that I shredded, right over there” – Tyler Colby

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