Dacey in 2019: January and Looking Forward
Welcome to 2019, a year that we at Dacey Disc Golf are excited for! We have many developments in store for you guys, and are excited to see it all unfold before us.
Before we look forward, let’s all look back on what happened in January.
TC Round Up
Owls Get Statement Win
After coming off of back to back losses at the hands of Devils Grove and Team RI, the Owls sat at 1-2 with a paltry points percentage. On the 7th, Team Pelham took their 2-1 record on the road to Dacey.
“This was a big match for us,” Captain Alex Sakash wrote (teehee), “a loss would have put us bottom of the pool and all but eliminated us from finals and made relegation a very real possibility.” With Team RI and Devils ahead of them with Head to Head wins, a loss to Pelham would put the Owls with 3 tie breakers above them with only 3 matches left, meaning a finals berth would be nearly out of the question.
In a constant rain and chilly weather, the Owls answered the bell- roaring out to a 14.5-4.5 lead after singles. The Owls got dominant performances from Scott Groome and Dean Slowey (9&7 and 6&4 victories respectively), along with gritty performances including a huge comeback from Dave Leger. Dave was down 4 holes with 5 to play, and was able to run it back to push his match against one of Pelham’s captains.
With the doubles meltdown against Rhode Island still fresh in their minds, the Owls shuffled their doubles pairings and strategy and refused to take their foot off the gas, blanking team Pelham in doubles taking all 19 points available. Dacey’s win was punctuated by a strong -5 56 from mixed team Nate Lundstrom and Caley Allen (of the Ents who was called up to match Pelham’s 3 ladies), and a surreal -10 51 from Anthony Stewart and Captain Chuck Edman.
With a statement 33.5-4.5 win, the Owls are right back in the finals mix of E-pool at 2-2 and are currently in the 3rd slot for finals.
Ents Keep Pace at Top PiP South
The Ents were fresh off a disappointing loss to Team Nantucket for first place in December. The Ents faced a strong team Send It from West Thompson on the 19th.
The Ents took an early 11.5-8.5 lead over Send It, on the backs of bullish performances from Jason Boucher (8&7), Nick Berry (6&5), Kevin Hallal (7&5),and Caley Allen (8&7). The Ents held on to their 3 point lead, splitting dubs with Send It, riding 3 three under 58s from James Thomas & Tony Lyons, Terry Belmosto & Bren Slowey, and Jason Boucher & Caley Allen. “Big time showing today,” said Captain Paul Sales, “lots of people stepped up!”
Send It was predicted to be one of the better teams in the pool, but the Ents are showing again that they deserve to be in the conversation as one of the best teams in the Play in Pool. The Ents roll into February 3-1.
Hoot and Scoot gets Iced Out
The MLK Day Hoot and Scoot was supposed to be one of the first PDGA events of the New England calendar, however the first Nor’Easter of the year brought icy conditions and temperatures hovering around single digits. In the interest of player safety, we rescheduled the event to February 9th. Get on in!
New Looks and Improvements
With the storm, Dacey unfortunately lost some trees in the ice and wind. With the falling of some trees, new potential lanes opened up giving some holes some new looks. Hole 3 was narrowly edged out by hole 2 in our 2018 survey as the hole that needed the most work, and was able to get a bit of a face lift with some of the damage and some additional pruning. Hole 3 now has a long position, taking it from a tweener par 3/4 to a true 4.
Hole 1 is also looking at a potential short position.
We are hoping that white tees become a finished project by spring, but that is largely dependent on the town water departments availability.
We have been adding some additional quality of life improvements to the course- adding drainage ditches and bridges to help alleviate some of the muck issues on the front nine. A big thanks to Jeremiah Libby for putting in a ton of hours on these improvements.
Be on the lookout for the 2019 player survey to come in the next week or so!