I’ll keep this post short and sweet like the course it pays homage to. Located minutes from Montpelier, Wrightsville Beach is one of the most popular courses in VT: a fun track in a beautiful, family-friendly waterfront park that engages players of all skill levels. The well-attended (65 entrants) GMPS/NEFA event on August 22nd captured a good cross section of players from local beginners to GMPS regulars to traveling pros. We couldn’t have asked for a nicer day by the lake!
Jim Bailey shot the hot round of the day (48) in the morning but ceded to Travis Connolly for the MPO win with a solid 49/51. It was the third time this year that Connolly/Bailey finished 1 and 2. One of them is pleased with this trend… Notably absent was Mike Habets who won the event in 2014 with a blazing 49/47 performance, setting the course record in the process (as did Dave Frothingham). Mike welcomed a baby boy to his family days before the event – we’ll go ahead and pencil in little Habets for an MA1 championship in 2025 or so. Elsewhere on the leaderboard co-TD and Wrightsville homer Collin O’neil beat Anne Lewis with a 112 in MPM and Davis Johnson took down a robust MPG field of 8 players! On a side note, what do the veterans of the Pro Grandmasters division do to amuse themselves after 2 full rounds of disc golf in the summer sun while waiting for awards/payouts? They play catch with a disc, of course! Watching Davis Johnson, Rick Williams, and Steve Hartwell toss it around as if they were on recess was a cool reminder of the ageless joy of disc sports.
Nolan Power nabbed a critical victory in MA1 over Will Gilbert and Casey Besaw to make a charge up the GMPS standings. Consistency was key for Gary Whalen who played a rock-solid 54/54 to win in MA2. Whalen edged out Billy Haddock and Chris Wentzell in the deepest division of the day en route to his first GMPS win! Brian Betit notched a win via playoff over James Sestokas in MM1 while Gary Vigue took MG1. On the ladies side Joy Hartwell took FPO with a 132 on the day, Dana Dwinell-Yardley won FA1 with a 126 and Amelia Fotheringham bested Christy Betit with a 120 to take FA2.
Last but certainly not least, the guys who had the most fun were the trio of Juniors in MJ2: Tom Shanley, Cameron Kinsell, and James Hickman (in order of finish). These kids can play and in addition to putting up good scores they cleaned up in “CTP-palooza” and took ⅔ of the distance contest pot as well! Who needs to open a lemonade stand when you can hock tourney prizes to Ben Dowdy?
Thanks and Congratulations to Collin O’Neil for this gem of a course and Dave Frothingham for running another clockwork event. Full results are available ON THE FORUM.
Registration is open for the 2nd Storrs Pond Classic on Saturday, Sept 12. Aside from semantic issues with something that’s happened once before being called a “classic” I have to say that this course and tourney is a personal favorite of mine. The Storrs Pond Recreation area is an ideal location for a disc golf event: like Wrightsville with overnight camping! Saturday’s tourney will be bookended by glow golf and players parties. TD’s Spencer Weatherholt, Dan Walsh and friends have put in a full year of course work since Storrs opened for play in 2014 and they’re looking forward to showing off their efforts on this beautiful Beaulieu-designed track. Don’t wait, JOIN THE PARTY today!