Hey everybody! I assure you that we didn’t forget about VT disc golf in the month since our last post: its just that we were playing it instead of writing about it! After an epic few weeks of competiton we’ve got loads of awesome events to cover but first and foremost, this: mark your calendars for the GMPS Finals: Sat Oct 17 @ Wrightsville Beach. Chris Young is in charge and he knows how to run a party. It’s always a shootout at Wrightsville Beach and competition will be heated at the double-points season finale. With wide open points battles in every division look for current leaders Jim Bailey (MPO), Anne Lewis (MPM), John Sudarsky (MPG), Nolan Power (MA1), Christy Betit (FA1), Brian Betit (MM1), Andy Powell (MA2), and Amelia Fotheringham (FA2) to defend their tenuous advantage in the pursuit of a GMPS championship. All GMDGC members and VT residents are eligible to play, so get in on the fun before the snow flies! Now on to the recaps…
Storrs Pond Classic, Sept 12
Spencer Weatherholt and Dan Walsh showcased their Beaulieu-designed baby with one of the best events on the GMPS calendar. Thanks to their hard work over the past year Storrs is working in beautifully and is one of the most challenging and scenic courses around. With a weekend of activities including players parties, glow golf, and Grip bag giveaways plus on-site camping the “Classic” was a hit for the 2nd year in a row. The big winner on the day was Tucker Davis who had a share of the lead after a solid first-round 57 then shot lights out en route to a course-record 52 and his first MPO win! Congratulations, Tuck! Full tourney results HERE.
Green Mountain Championship @ Smugglers Notch, Sept 18-20
The Green Mountain Championship continued its rapid ascension in the ranks of national-caliber disc golf events, returning for its 3rd year and bumping up to a PDGA A-tier! Thanks to the outstanding work of TD Jeff Spring and the crew at Brewster Ridge the GMC debuted a 10-hole expansion to Fox Run making it a full 18-hole complement to the original Brewster course. The courses, competition, amenities and events were universally acclaimed by all in attendance. Check out this writeup of the event (and Ricky Wysocki’s 3-peat) at PDGA.COM. Congrats to Sean Bleything, top VT finisher at 26th in a stout regional/national field!
NEDGC @ Base Camp Outfitters, Sept 26-27
Mike Miller and Base Camp Outfitters played host to the 2-day New England Disc Golf Championships (NEFA Finals) on Sept 26-27. Miller and GMDGC President Chris Young worked hard to bring the finals to VT and make it an event for players to remember. Securing event sponsor Two Roads Brewing (‘sup Phil!) gave players handsome payouts in addition to a slew of other amenities. When it was all said and done, who was crowned the New England Disc Golf Champion? Our very own CHRIS YOUNG! Chris turned in the hot round of the day (47) in round 1 and followed it up with a 50 in round 2 to fend off any would-be challengers. It was a huge win for one of the best and most dedicated promoters of our sport in the region. Congratulations go out to Chris and also to Tim Tadlock for a stellar TD debut running the AM-side on Saturday!
BurkeView VI @ Lyndonville State College, Oct 3
The penultimate GMPS event went off without a hitch this past weekend in beautiful Lyndonville, VT. Jim Bailey joined course designer Jamie Struck to TD the event that drew 44 players to the bucolic campus. The first round saw red-hot shooting with a 52 from Edwin Bedell, who decided only last minute to bump up to MPO! Edwin had a 4-stroke lead on the field but couldn’t fend off Travis Keller, a great player who’s even better on his home course. After a disappointing (for him) first-round 57, Keller got right to work in round 2 by deucing the first 3 holes and was off to the races. His 54 in the afternoon was good enough for a 4-stroke margin over Jeff Spring to take MPO and keep the belt in the Northeast Kingdom.
Casey Tanner ran away with the MA2 division with a 122 on the day while Ross Dunham emerged from a tight MA1 pack to win with a 130. Congratulations also to Anne Lewis, John Mclaughlin, Tom Shanley, Stefan Farrell, and Christy Fisher for their division wins! (MPM, MPG, MJ1, MA3, and FA2)
It was a beautiful day on a gorgeous course, what more could you ask for!? Full results are available HERE.
So thats it. Enjoy some disc golf this Fall while you still can! And give THIS GUY some props on making a run at the USDGC! Go Spring!