Ice Bucket X Smashes Expectations (and Chains)

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The GMDGC Ice Bucket (a part of the nationwide “Ice Bowl” series) marked it’s 10th year of charitable fundraising in Waterbury Center on Jan 30th.  Last year the group crested $12,000 raised to feed local families through the Waterbury Area Food Shelf and Lamoille Community Food Share.  It was the 3rd-highest total of 238 events!  Growing the Ice Bucket to serve Vermont families in need has become a passion project for GMDGC President Chris Young and he set his sights even higher this year with a goal of $13,000.  With Chris’s leadership and the generosity of club members and friends, we shattered even THAT lofty goal.  Read on for a summary from the Prez:

“All donations have been counted and our total is official….. $15,143 raised for 2 Vermont food shelves!!  We had 69 players and temp’s were hovering around 25 degrees. Look for results on the homepage in the next day or two!  [EDITOR’S NOTE: More like 20.  My bad!]  Thanks again to all the businesses and individuals that contributed to this event in any way. Without you we would not be what we are.  We should all be proud of our efforts. Together we are helping thousands of Vermonter’s fight hunger every year and that is what a community is all about! THANK YOU!!”

Vermont: kinda pretty in the winter.

Vermont: kinda pretty in the winter.

As of this writing the GMDGC event sits in 1st place in money raised in 2016 (127 “precincts” reporting).  Congrats to TD’s Chris Young and Pete Hess and everyone that helped make the fundraiser such a huge success.  Oh and did I mention there was disc golf!?  69 players braved the elements to vie for the coveted bucket ‘o beer (stocked by last year’s champ, yours truly).  Andy Powell was the leader in the clubhouse at the chili-break with an event-record 18-hole singles round of 35!  That’s 17 deuces and an ace (not counting the 60 mulligans it took to get there).  After Andy there were 9 other players that carded a “perfect” 36 heading into the 2nd round and high-low doubles (like I said, mulligans!)  Jordan Potvin turned it on in dubs with the help of partner Tom Slimm, carding a hot round of 37 en route to a 1-stroke overall victory (Pete Hess and Dave Frothingham were in hot pursuit).  In the process Jordan NEARLY completed the Ice Bucket sweep:  he had best overall score, best dubs round, was the HIGHEST FUNDRAISER, and missed best singles score by just one stroke thanks to Andy’s heroics.  It was a tremendous performance and a well-deserved crown for a player who stepped up more than any other to help feed Vermont families.  Congratulations Jordan!  For more Ice Bucket stat-stalking see full scoring here.

Ace side-note.  There were several on the day including Andy’s and a Sean Bleything PURE I witnessed on 13 in the morning round.  The best ace story came by way of John Kendall, partnered with Pete Hess for the dubs round:  John went on to hit not one but TWO aces in the afternoon.  The only problem was BOTH were on worst-disc holes!  Pete burned many mulligans trying to follow his partner’s line into the chains but in the end they carded a pair of (noteworthy) deuces 🙁

Eye-in-the-sky note:  Check out this awesome event footage courtesy of Over and Above Aerial Photography!

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