Month: May 2019

“4 Days in May” – Memorial Day Weekend Caps Off One of the Busiest Months in Recent Memory

The month of May began with a lull. Team Challenge was done and the tournament schedule had some gaps. For once, the course was just wide open- void of structure activities aside from the regular league days. Well, that all changed in the middle of the month- where the course exploded with activity capped off by a grueling Memorial Day Weekend – a weekend that will be known henseforth as 4 days in May.

USAMPC Officially Ends

As the local brackets ended, the State bracket began. James Barron and Roger Gagnon had won the two Dacey brackets, however due to a scheduling conflict runner up Corey Robitaille went to states in Roger’s place. James and Corey ended up squaring off in round 1, with James winning 1up. James went to hole 18 against the eventual winner of the state bracket Jason Clark falling just short 1up in the semi final. Congrats to both!

The Course Looks Better Than Ever After Community Work Day

May 18th really kicked off the activities for the month- as we had our first scheduled work day to get the course in shape for the inaugural DaceyLand Open! We ended up finishing a ton of projects on the course- and made the course look amazing!

  • Paul Sales, Chuck Edman, and Mike Johnson were able to load, transport, and lay stone in the drains on hole 1! Similar to the drain on 18, these drainage ditches have dramatically improved the moisture level of the ground on the green!
  • Nathan Hartmann, Bill Sargent, and Anthony Stewart spent time measuring out the putting circles on many of the holes on the course, carrying around a string and spray paint to mark areas for the new circle brush plugs to be inserted.
  • Alex Sakash, Joe Houlihan and Eric Wilson followed behind, inserting the purple brush plugs around each green to delineate the putting circles
  • Zack Pepin took care of the tee boxes and greens with both a weedwhacker and leaf blower.
  • Dean Slowey and Mike Johnson each put in some time on our mower, making sure holes 4 and 18 were trimmed and largely poison ivy free!
  • Mike and Alex rebuilt the bridge over the water on 18.

Huge thank you to everyone for coming out! We got SO MUCH done in one day- and the response from the players has been AMAZING! Great Work!

4 Days In May

Kyle Moriarty following through on a shot – Credit: Ben Pflum

All the effort that went into the course led up to Memorial Day Weekend, where the gauntlet of organized events began.

The DaceyLand Open- an event that was in the works for years, finally became a reality! TDs Raivis Markons-Craig, Chuck Edman and Alex Sakash ran a smooth event that filled quickly and required a ton of coordination to get 72 players to play two different layouts at Borderland, and then navigate a nearly 30 minute commute between courses.

Caley Allen slams home a putt on hole 4 on her way to victory at DaceyLand. She also won Hoot and Scoot V! Credit: Ben Pflum

Highlights of the DaceyLand Open included…

  • Kyle Moriarty gets in off the waitlist and wins the event in MPO, shooting a -17 113 on the day.
  • Raivis Markons-Craig shoots -9 53 at Dacey in round 2- a new course record to propel him to a T2nd place finish
  • Erica Johnson wins FPO with a +1 117 (Blue/White round 1)
  • Alex Vigeant wins MA1 with a -6 124.
  • Adam Baker wins MA2 with a +2 132, beating Nathan Hartmann in a playoff
  • Caley Allen wins Fa2 with a +19 135 (blue/white round 1)
  • Patrick Broderick wins MA3 with a +17 133 (blue/white round 1)

Cheneille Young puts a putt home on hole 6. Credit: Ben Pflum

In addition to just playing the tournament, Dan Snyder of Whyzer Productions with the help of Zack Pepin filmed our feature card of Cooper Legee, Shane Wyatt, Joey Antosca and Dave Beadenkopf round 1, and then additionally filmed the lead card round two featuring Kyle Moriarty, Shane Wyatt, Jake Morris and Joe Mercieri at Dacey!

As if the grueling Blue to Blue and Blues layout on Saturday wasn’t enough- Dacey Tag Monthly took place on Sunday. 21 players showed up.

  • Chuck Edman took home the 2 tag with a -5 57, winning by 4 strokes in A pool.
  • Dan Snyder took B pool with a +1 63.
  • Chuck Tyron took C pool with a +1 63

With Monday being a holiday, that meant another Hoot and Scoot Flex start! When we initially tossed out the idea, we thought that it would be a low turn out with it being a larger holiday and already two days of events prior. Boy…were we wrong! Hoot and Scoot V only had a ridiculous 60 players show up to get their FOURTH competitive round in three days!

Unofficially called “The Consolation” for people who missed out on DaceyLand or shot poorly in it, Shane Wyatt decided to completely go off and put up a sizzling 1025 rated -11 51- toppling Raivis’ 48 hour old record. And to think…he almost didn’t play!

Other highlights…

  • Erica Johnson makes it 2/2 on the weekend with a +4 66 in FPO
  • Chuck Edman continues his hot play and takes MA1 with a -4 58
  • Caley Allen also sweeps the weekend with a personal best +5 67 in FA1
  • Jeff Kerner wins MA2 on the last card of the day with a -2 60
  • James Thomas also pulls out some last card heroics taking MA3 with a +5 67 for his first career win.


James Thomas collected his first career win in MA3 at Hoot and Scoot V. Credit: Ben Pflum

For the final day of the 4 Days in May gauntlet was regular league, where more players showed up get more and more of Dacey…in the rain no less!

Raivis took down A Pool, Ted Brown took B pool and Zack Mazzone took C pool. In addition to our normal players, a brand spankin’ new player came out for his first round of disc golf and had a blast!


Going forward, June should be a pretty quiet month. Expect regular league to be pushed back as we will have increased daylight, and sundays doubles as normal. We will be trying to put together another work day as there are no additional events scheduled. I think we deserve a quieter month…because as Chuck Edman so eloquently put it: “my knees are looking forward to the gauntlet being over.”

That said…July will have two Dacey events in The Hatchling Open II and Ruler of the Roost. The Hatchling Open is our junior only event in support of Kids Disc Golf, and Ruler of the Roost will be a PDGA C Tier and NEFA Sanctioned. Registration for The Hatchling Open is live, and Ruler of the Roost will open on 6/1. Both are on

Ruler of the Roost stamp draft- designed by “Scotty Boom” Groome!


April Newsletter

April is really when the disc golf season begins. Spring theoretically begins, weekly leagues start back up, and the tournament scene starts coming out of its slumber. We have lots to unpack from Disc Golf’s busiest month so let’s dive riiiiiiight in!

Team Challenge Takeaways

The Winter Team Challenge season came to an end early for the Owls, who stumbled down the stretch. The Owls had multiple chances to punch their ticket to finals, but fell to both Barre and Stonykill away from Dacey to end the season 3-4 despite having an above .500 point percentage. “It was tough to miss out on finals, especially given the talent we had on our roster, wrote Captain Alex Sakash, “we put ourselves in a tough position blowing a match at home, and by starting slow in singles a few times. Sometimes you dig yourself a hole that you can’t climb out of.” Although the Owls missed finals, they remain in E pool, doing enough to finish above the relegation line. “The season obviously didn’t live up to expectations with not making finals,” added Captain Chuck Edman,  “but it’s hard to feel too down when so many matches were decided by such a close margin. I feel good about next season.”

The Ents on the other hand earned a second seeded finals berth in Play in Pool. With a record of 5-1 the Ents looked like a favorite heading into Pyramids. Unfortunately, the Ents fell short losing by a single match to Team Send It from West Thompson in the first round. The Ents will remain in the play in pool for next year- but should be a favorite to come out of PiP South next year. “For a first year team, we had an amazing group of individuals who played their hearts out this season,” wrote captain Nick Berry, “while winning the division would have been an excellent way to end the season, this squad is now hungry for a chance at redemption.” Captain Paul Sales added “We are proud of the team and how everyone pulled together, and while the finals results were unfortunate, we are looking forward to bouncing back next year and achieving our ultimate goal.”

Both teams are looking to add talent to their rosters next year. If you are interested in playing for Teams Dacey- please do not hesitate to reach out to Owl Captains Alex Sakash or Chuck Edman, and/or Nick Berry and Paul Sales for the Ents!

United States Amateur Match Play Championships Play Out

For the second year, Dacey has hosted the United States Amateur Match Play Championship regional qualifier bracket. 16 players competed over the course of the month to earn a trip to the state finals, and ultimately to Emporia Kansas for a chance to win baskets, and discs for life. We expanded this year to have 2 brackets- one for Teams Dacey, and one Public Bracket.

The Teams Dacey bracket featured some of the strongest match play players from each teams- including some of the higher point earners from both rosters during the TC season. Jason Boucher of the Ents ran through the top half of the bracket, besting two captains (Nick Berry and Chuck Edman) and one of the biggest arms of Dacey in Anthony Stewart on his way to the finals. In the lower half of the bracket, James Barron clipped 3 fellow Owls in Scott Groome, Dave Leger and Jeremiah Libby to earn his spot in the finals. James punctuated his match against Libby with an ace on hole 4- a hole win that ultimately gave him the 1up victory.

In the finals, James edged Jason 3 and 1 to take the championship and punch his ticket to states!

This handsome devil is heading to states!


In the public bracket, returning finalists Mike Hladick and Pete Violet both returned, and by random generation were again in separate halves of the bracket potentially setting the stage for a rematch. However neither would ultimately survive the second round. In the top half, Roger Gagnon of Team Borderland ran through Todd Leitao of Team RI, Pete Violet of The Borderland Billy Goats, and then put up a personal best in the final four to decisively down Greg Peterson en route to the finals.

In the lower half, Corey Robitaille of the Owls did double duty playing in both brackets. Corey rattled off wins vs Gargi Mosiashvili of Team Maple Hill, Mike Potruzski of Team RI, and John P. Smith of Team Borderland on his way to finals. One of those matches required a playoff, with another going all 18 holes. Between taking out two A Pool players, as well as playing those extra frames, Corey certainly had to work for his finals berth.

Come finals, Corey was ultimately unable to down his third A pool player, falling to Roger Gagnon 3&2. Roger put together a dominant run, featuring a 4&3 and 7&6 victory in addition to his 1up nail biter vs last years champion. Roger and James will be representing Daceys brackets in the state finals in mid May, coordinated by Bob Kulchuk.

Corey (left) and Roger (right) after their championship round.

Hoot and Scoot IV on Patriots Day Weekend

With the 3 day weekend in April meant another PDGA Flex Start Hoot and Scoot! Chuck Edman got his first taste of PDGA TDing and took the reigns, manning the booth all day as 44 players filtered through to play their rounds. With weather much better than Hoot and Scoot III’s blistering cold and gusting wind- IV featured calm conditions and comfortable temperatures- meaning the scores were much better!

Congratulations to the winners…

MPO: Alex Sakash: 55 (-7)

FPO: Cheneille Young: 71 (+9)

MA1: Alex Vigeant*/Dan McWilliams*: 61 (-1)

MA2: Corey Robitaille*/Jason Boucher*: 65 (+3)

FA2: Caley Allen: 71 (+9)

MA3: Fletcher Ross*: 69 (+7)

FA3: Nicki Broderick: 105 (+43)

*: Indicates first career win

It always awesome to see such good turn outs for our flex events, it is also fantastic to see first time winners at our events! Congratulations to all of our first time champs!

League Begins Again

It is that time again- weekly league! Chuck Edman is back at it on Tuesdays, kicking off at 5pm for one round of singles from blues. Check in begins at 430. Cost break down is $10 to play, with 5 going to payouts, 1 to the course, 1 to the ace pot, and 3 dollars each going to a ctp. That ace pot did not really get a chance to be built up, as Alex Mahnken already drained it acing hole 16 yet again.

We are looking forward to another year of robust league play! “It’s been an awesome start to the season,” writes Chuck Edman,  “finally getting familiar with some new faces who started showing up last season, plus even more new players this year.” Each year our league has grown and we still see plenty of new faces each week. “Nothing makes me happier than selling tags to people I’ve never met. We’ve already hit 30+ players on 3 occasions. I cant wait to see what summer brings!”

Do not as daylight increases, we will be pushing league’s start time back to allow for more players to get there after work!

Looking Ahead…

Can’t stop won’t stop- Dacey has a busy month ahead of us!

May will be a busy month as we are looking to take advantage of less events going on at the course to get some course maintenance done. Jeremiah Libby, Dean Slowey, and Marc Duquette already put in some work installing a french drain in hole 18s green, and the ground has been much less squishy as a result. However we still have other areas of the course that need similar work done. We will be holding a weekday work day on Monday May 6th at 10am to continue such work on hole 1.

Freshly completed drain on 18

Further, we will be scheduling a weekend work day ahead of the inaugural Daceyland Open! We are excited to be partnering with Raivis Markons-Craig to bring you all a PDGA event that will utilize both Borderland and Dacey. Long awaited and much anticipated, registration will be live on Infinite Discs HERE on May 1st, at 8pm!

In a sadder note, we are wishing Jeremiah Libby well as he moves to Pittsburgh at some point this month. In his time on the admin team he has held a number of popular and well attended doubles events, ran winter devotional in 2017, and has been instrumental in maintaining the course. His vision of hole 3s redesign, and his idea for a change to hole 9 will be a lasting imprint on the course for years to come. We will miss all of his contributions, large and small.

But fear not – the admin team will continue to the guide the course without missing a beat. We are pleased to announce the promotion of Dean Slowey to an official role! Dean has been always eager to help with course work, often being someone who came to aid us in the past at odd hours to get limbs cleared, woodchips spread, or signs printed. He has also often lended a hand in getting league going- writing out cards, taking tags, and counting scores. We are excited to have Dean join the team and are confident that will be able to continue progress the course forward.

See you all around!


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