Author: Alex Sakash

Teams Dacey Out to Strong Starts

As the fall gives way to winter and tournament season winds down- New England Team Challenge is now upon us. Last year the Dacey Owls season ended in the first round of Play in Pool finals to an eventual South division champion Disc Hut 2, but the finals berth earned them a promotion to the newly formed E Pool for this season. Joining the Owls is a new team- The Ents – captained by Paul Sales and Nick Berry. Both teams have kicked off their seasons, so let’s see how they have been doing!

Ents Go to War

The Ents after their second road win of the season

The Ents kicked off their season on October 6th on the road against the Newton Hill Talons. The Ents jumped out to an early 9.5-7.5 lead highlighted by big wins from Brian Lively (7&6) and Will Duby (7&5) and a dominating showing by the lady Ents Caley Allen and Bri Reeves (8&6 & 7&6 wins, respectively). The Ents extended their lead in the doubles rounds in part due to matching hot round 49s from the Ben Tucker/Tony Lyons and Paul Sales/Alex Mahnken pairings to win their inaugural match 19.5-14.5.

Final scoreboard after winning at Newton Hill

The Ents stayed active on the road traveling to Middleboro on October 20th to take on the newly formed Sunnymeade Knights. The Ents found themselves down 2 going into lunch despite another dominant performance from Bri (8&6 victory) and an 8&7 victory from Terry Belmosto. The Ents not only overcame the deficit, but also a match up mess up from the opposing captain to win the match 17-15. The match was closely contested and came down to the final card where the Zack Pepin/James Thomas pair sealed the deal in extra holes to tilt the score in the Ents favor.

Final score of Knights v Ents

“We’ve been incredibly impressed by the dedication shown by the team so far. All of our players have had difficult matches against tough competition on the road, and everyone is answering the bell. It feels great to start the season with 2 wins on the road, but we know it will only get harder from here” said captain Paul Sales. ” The camaraderie, sportsmanship, and positive mentality is contagious. Both teams contain amazing individuals who all contribute and push each other to excel,” added Co-Captain Nick Berry. 

The Ents are off for the month of November. Sitting at 2-0 before even taking to their home forest, the Ents are establishing themselves as the team to beat in PiP South.

Owls Defend the Nest

The course mascot even came out to support the team! PC: Greg Dowdell

The Owls started their season a little later, opening up at home on October 27th against a strong Bittersweet Ridge team from Maine. Not only did the Owls need to contend with a capable squad, but they also needed to battle the elements as a Nor’Easter rolled into town bringing driving rain, and ripping winds from sun up to sun down.

It was way worse than it looked.

The Owls edged BSRII 12.5-7.5 in a very hotly contested singles rounds. Of the 20 matches, 15 of them went 17 or more holes pointing towards the equal skill of the teams and the effect of the weather. The Owls got gutsy performances from Anthony Stewart who battled back from 4 down on the back nine to push his match, and from Dave Beadenkopf who erased a 3 hole deficit to win his match 2&1. “Dave’s match was fun to watch. It was the two highest rated players on the course going on it” said captain Alex Sakash who was on the card, “Dave got down 3 holes early, but stayed calm and ended up running off wins on holes 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, and 12 to not only claw back, but put it away. He just played smart, mistake free golf. It was fun to watch.”

Scores after singles.

The Owls split the doubles round with BSR, each side taking 10 points a piece. The Owls got wins from the Jeremiah Libby/Dave Leger, Nate Lundstrom/Corey Robitaille, Greg Dowdell/Andy Jong, Paul Pacheco/Dave Beadenkopf and the Alex Sakash/Tara Scansaroli pairs to take the match 22.5-17.5.

A win means the flag flies!

Not only were 40 brave (or stubborn) souls out on the course competing in that weather, but a handful of Dacey regulars stopped by to lend a hand setting up, writing on the board, and caddying. “We had so many non-team members out yesterday to support us, it was humbling” said captain Chuck Edman. Members of the Ents as well as a few Dacey regulars came out to cheer on the Owls, and their support was much appreciated!

Community Driven

The Dacey community has been super supportive of both teams. “I never thought I would play some form of competitive sports again after High School, however here I am, Captain of the Dacey Ents constantly being motivated by my team and members/captains of the Owls” wrote Berry, “This season so far has been incredible.” Added Sales “We are also thrilled to have the support of the Dacey Owls, who not only have showed up to cheer us on at both of our away matches, but who’s captains have also gone above and beyond in mentoring us new captains through this process.”

Both teams set goals for themselves at the beginning of the season that they wanted to be known across the league as a great group of guys and gals who play pretty well- and both teams have succeeded at leaving a mark both on and off the course. “I want to thank all the participants for your generous donations for the Middleboro Food Pantry as well as your courteous and respectful behavior here at Sunnymeade,” Richard Giampietro, owner of Sunnymeade wrote of the Ents, “a class act group of players if I do say so myself.”

“It always makes me happy to see our match update posts on the TC page getting lots of Owl gifs, emojis, and comments from teams we’ve competed against” wrote Alex Sakash, “we’ve made a lot of friends a long the way here and it says a lot about our guys and gals when former opponents are pulling for us afterwards.”

Next Up…

Teams Dacey look to maintain their perfect 3-0 combined record in the coming months.

The Owls head north on November 11th for a match in Maine against Devil’s Grove. This is going to be the biggest test of the season for the Owls, as Devil’s was the top seeded team from the North division last year at 7-1 and is tough at home.

The Owls will be home again on December 8th to take on Team Rhode Island looking to even up the series with RI after dropping their match at South Kingston last November.

The Ents will finally be taking to home turf on December 15th, when they welcome Team Nantucket to the mainland. This will be third time Nantucket has played against a team from Dacey. The Owls beat Nantucket at home in a blizzard in 2017, and then won an overtime thriller last year on the island. The Ents hope to continue their hot start and carry on the courses winning ways against Nantucket.

 

 

Dacey Disc Golf Summer Wrap Up

Well, it has been both a busy and a BIG summer at Dacey! The course has seen a number of noteworthy events happen that are worth looking back upon…

Course Records Broken

Both the course singles and doubles records were broken nearly within a month of each other during our weekly leagues! On 8/6 during our Tuesday singles league, Team Dacey Owl Zak Benson put up a scorching -10 51, besting the prior record of 52.

 

Zak’s record setting 51, and that is with 2 bogeys!

Then a little over a month later Dacey ran a Bring Your Own Partner doubles event in place of our regular Sunday Random Dubs, which saw 23 teams show up including nearly the entire Borderland Bombers roster (thanks for rolling so deep!). Teams representing The Team Borderland, The Bombers, The Billygoats, The Owls, and the newest regional team the Dacey 2 Ents were in attendance. With so many strong teams in the mix, we were thinking we would get to see the course doubles record set by Mike Hladick and Sam Henderson of 48 (-13) fall.  Ultimately, it did.

Pete Violet and Joe Mercieri of the Borderland Billygoats put up a sizzling 14 under par 47 to set a new doubles record, the first time that record has changed hands since 2016.

Goats putting a clean card with a record setting score!

Both scores have been updated in the Course Record Book, where you can view our current records as well as our record of recorded aces. Do note that records are only valid during events.

Pros return to Dacey

With a Pro Tour stop taking place at close by Maple Hill, Dacey has been able to get a few pros to come out and hold clinics the past few seasons while they are staying locally. This year we welcomed Drew Gibson to Dacey where he held a pre league clinic and showed us just how far he can throw his putter (far) and ran his demonstration in a question and answer format where he took many direct questions from the crowd.

Drew explaining the mechanics of his world renowned power.

Philo Brathwaite also returned to Dacey to run a small clinic a few days after Drew, it was Philo’s second time at the course.

 

Local Artists Get Recognition

Speaking of the Pro Tour, Team Dacey Ent member Zack Pepin got an artistic break when he was commissioned to create the trophy for the MVP Open that ultimately James Conrad would lift. Zack’s wood burning talents are unparalleled, and we are super stoked to see him get a breakthrough!

This will be hoisted by future champions of the MVP open, and their names will be placed on the board below to commemorate each champion!

Team Dacey Owl Scott Groome’s talents have also been recognized! Along with his stunning paintings he has done for a number of locals, Scott’s art will be flying through the air in the not so distant future. Scott designed the stamp for the 2018 Dacey Feathers of the Fall event on October 14th, and in addition to adorning some local plastic Scott has been working with some touring pros on designing some stamps for them, too! Scott is also the graphic designer for Marshall Street.

Want one of these beautifully stamped discs designed by Scott? Sign on up for the Feathers of the Fall at discgolfscene.com

Things are coming together for our resident artists, and we are extremely proud of their skills and hope that they both keep getting bigger and bigger in the disc golf scene!

Looking Forward to Fall

As summer winds down, we are gearing up a successful fall and winter! Starting off with registration is now open for the Feathers of the Fall on 10/14! Click here to register! This event is sponsored by Prodigy Discs and Everything Discs in Norfolk. It will be a fun day!

Do keep in mind that Saturdays in the fall means Soccer. Please be courteous to other park users and represent the community and sport in a respectable manner. Avoid the course early in the day, and please carpool where possible.

Also to keep on your radars- fall means Team Challenge is right around the corner. With two teams at Dacey now, there will be a number of dates where we will have ~40 people on the course for matches. We will have the schedule posted on the kiosk!

Happy hucking, all!

 

 

Trilogy Challenge Recap

The 2017 Dacey Trilogy Challenge was one of the more enjoyable events at Dacey last season according to our player survey we put out earlier this year, and 2018’s edition was just as enjoyable! We had another full field, and gorgeous weather throughout the day as we all tested 3 new Trilogy molds in a laid back, yet competitive environment.

This year the three discs were the Westside Discs putter the Maiden, Dynamic Discs midrange the Patrol, and Latitude 64s driver the Musket. It seemed as though many people we happy with the putter, were relatively neutral on the Musket, and were very split on the Patrol. Feel free to comment your feelings on the three offerings!

This year, we offered more divisions, and had MA2 and the Female divisions play the white tees, where the MA1 and MPO field play the blue tees, a change which seemed to make pacing of the round PERFECT. We heard no backups occurred and there was minimal downtime waiting for cards to be done, as most people all finished up at the same time. Anyways, let’s talk about our winners…

In FA3:

  1. Emily Hanson took it down with a 63
  2. Jillian Swartz with a 66
  3.  Tara Scansaroli with a 66

In MA2:

  1. Benji Flores with a 50
  2. Christian Hayman with a 53*
  3.  Chris Lydon with a 53*

*There was a FIVE WAY tie for second! Christian took sole possession of second with a birdie of hole 1 in the playoff, and Chris took third overcoming a tree kick off his drive on hole 2 to save par.

In MA1:

  1. Dean Chapman wins with a 63 on blues
  2. John Giampapa shoots a 64
  3.  Jason Boucher bests Nick Berry and Dave Leger in a throw off for third place 65.

In MPO:

  1. Alex Sakash takes it with a 63
  2. Dean Slowey comes in second with a 66
  3. Nate Lundstrom takes third.

Crazy how 3/4 divisions were won with the identical score!

In addition to the round, we offered a number of field games for additional raffle tickets. We brought back the Totem Baskets for putting, and introduced a new field game called the “Stego Smash” featuring the Reptilian Discs incredibly overstable putter the Stego. The challenge was to try to throw the Stego over 200 feet, which only 4 people were able to do! Unreal! The raffle table this year was loaded with stuff- and Paul Sales cashed in with 4 raffle items won. I guess that is what $60 worth of raffle ticket purchases gets you!

 

We closed the day with a random doubles round using only the 3 trilogy discs. I am not sure how all the groups shot, but I know my card had a blast! With no tags or no money on the line, we took full advantage of a round to just goof off, throwing off hand putts (Josh Garland buried a 60 foot birdie lefty on a tree bank shot) and some worst discs doubles!

We want to thank all the players for coming out for another fun filled day!

 

Temperatures and Number of Events Rising…

As June came to a close and July rolls in the temperature has been rising. Between the summer heat and humidity we have seen a heat wave with heat indexes reaching triple digits. No matter the heat, Dacey has been hopping with activity this summer! Here is a little recap and preview of what’s to come…

  • 6/29-6/30: Ball and Chain II. Greg Dowdell ran his second Ball and Chain event, featuring a round of 9 holes at Maplegate (where he is the course pro) for some doubles ball golf, then a round 18 doubles of Disc Golf at Dacey. Congratulations to Dan Snyder and John Giampapa for taking home the W!
  • 6/30: Zack Maron ran a private event of about 24 people on Saturday Afternoon. I stopped by to collect some stuff from the shed as they were setting up. They seem to have a pretty good traveling thing going on here! Thanks to Zack for reaching out to us about running a private event! Also thanks to the players who respected their space!
  • 7/1: Jeremiah Libby ran a BYOP (Bring Your Own Partner) Cash Doubles event in the hottest muggiest day of the year and pulled 14 teams for it! Congrats to Sam Henderson and Shane Wyatt for taking down pro with a two round score of 100 (!!!) and to Eric Wilson and Carlos Alvarado for taking down AM with a two round score of 113.
  • 7/3: League as usual!
  • 7/4: All Dacey Admin hands on deck to bring you the Hoot and Scoot II holiday Flex Start Sanctioned C-Tier. This event will be a one round sanctioned event that allows players to show up between 9am-2pm and play with either a random group or a group of their choice. Pros will play for cash, AMs will play for funny money to Infinite Discs. REGISTRATION IS DONE HERE FOR ALL AMATEUR PLAYERS
  • 7/7: Team(s) Dacey Try out 1: Alex Sakash, Chuck Edman and new captain of Dacey 2 Paul Sales are conducting try outs for all interested parties in participating in Team Challenge this fall and winter! Team Challenge is a winter league where course teams square off in a round of match play, then play doubles stroke play to crown a victor. Dacey 1 has limited spots available, but Dacey 2 is actively looking for players! Come one, come all at 10am! Show up to 1, 2 or all try outs and find out what its all about and if you have what it takes to be an Owl!
  • 7/14: Dacey Admin team brings back the Trilogy Challenge to Dacey! This event allows players to test new Trilogy Molds in a competitive, yet laid back environment. As it was last year, we will have a raffle table featuring goodies from Infinite Discs, Prodigy Disc, Grip6, Ridge Roller Customs, Birdhouse Disc Golfand Arsenal Discs. 
  • 7/16: Team(s) Dacey Try out 2: 530pm start!
  • 7/21: Team(s) Dacey Try out 3: 10am start!

Also to keep on your radar…

  • Raivis Markons-Craig is running a sanctioned PDGA league at Borderland Disc Golf on many upcoming weekends. We encourage you to check out his league, as well as Borderlands’ regular league on Thursday evenings hosted by Jon Cattel.
  • Unfortunately Stephen and Tara Scansaroli are going to be moving north soon to New Hampshire. No matter how far they are, the Scans’ clan bleeds Dacey Purple and will always be a big part of our community. As a farewell, Scansy is thinking about offering a fun event as a going away bash. Keep your antennas up for that!

Hopefully we will see you all out there soon! Remember your sunblock, and above all things STAY HYDRATED!!!!

Hoot Hoot!

-a

United States Amateur Match Play Championship: Final Four and Finals Update

When I last left you, we were all waiting on one of the premier matches in the bracket to conclude in order to decide our final four. Let’s catch up on what happened…

  • Hladick sizzles to final four: Mike Hladick and Joe Mercieri were the last match of the Elite 8 to play, and this match was worth the wait! Both guys shot their own personal bests, with Mike outlasting Joe to win 1up, punching his ticket to the final four.

Our final four consisted of players all representing different New England Team Challenge TeamsAt the beginning of this bracket, The Bombers, Billygoats, Dacey Owls and Team RI were all represented, and it is pretty cool that one representative of each time made it to the final four! Members of all of these teams frequent Dacey leagues, so it was excellent to see all four teams represented in the Final Four! All four teams should be proud of their guy for representing them well!

THE FINAL FOUR:

  • For the herd!: In our first match of the final four, Pete Violet of the Billygoats topped Dacey’s Scott Groome 3&1.
  • Hladick stays hot: After putting up a personal best against Joe in a nailbiter in the Elite Eight, Mike roared into the Final Four against Jarji Mosi of the Bombers. Mike continued his hot play, besting Jarji 6&5. The RI Anchor sunk another opponent en route to the finals!
  • Third place is up for grabs: Although Scott and Jarji’s quest for Emporia has come to an end, there is still a trophy available for third place. Owl v Bomber for a trophy- make it happen!

Our Finals came down Pete v Mike. Let’s do a quick recap of their roads to the finals…

Mike had beaten his opponents by a combined 11 holes, an impressive run considering in every match he faced a Team Challenge player.

Pete had beaten his opponents by a combined 11 holes as well. He also had the second largest margin of victory in the bracket, winning his Elite Eight match 7&5.

Our final was played on Thursday, April 26th…two men entered, one emerged victorious…

Congratulations to Pete Violet!

Our champion is Pete! Pete saved his best for last, throwing his own personal best 55 to lift him to a 2up victory over Mike. Pete will be the representative from the Dacey bracket going to regional finals for a chance to win a trip to Emporia!

In charge of regional finals is PDGA State Coordinator Bob Kulchuk, who will be taking it from here. Best of luck to you Pete as you continue your quest to Emporia!

Baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah!

Thanks to all the players for playing!

You can view the entire bracket by clicking here.

 

United States Amateur Match Play Championship Regional Qualifier at Dacey!

Earlier this year Dynamic Discs announced that they were going to run the United States Amateur Match Play Championships (USAMPC)- a series of 16 player brackets that would compete in match play rounds at the local course, regional and eventually national level to crown a champion and award them 18 tour quality baskets and discs for life!

For those who are unaware, match play is a different way for players to compete with one another where the emphasis is on winning individual holes rather than tracking overall strokes. Match play is a staple of New England Team Challenge, which many local players currently play or aspire to play in. With so much interest in the area, taking part in this event was something that the admin team knew we should jump on!

What we ended up with was a random draw for our 16 players, and since the beginning of April these players have squared off against each other. Here are some of the highlights and takeaways thus far:

  • Family consistency: We had a father/son and husband/wife pairs in the bracket by sheer chance. The Lyons roared into the elite 8 as Mike won his match 9&8 and Tony advanced with his 4&2 victory. The Potrzuski family did not fare as well, as Mike lost a heart breaker to Zak Benson 1up and Jillian lost to Lyons Sr. However, the Potrzuski’s turned the page on their losses last weekend by both winning their respective divisions in their first PDGA event up in Maine! Congrats to them!
  • Vigeant nearly pulls the impossible: Although Alex Vigeant narrowly lost his first round match with Pete Violet, he was inches away from converting a nearly impossible feat. On his second shot on hole 7, Alex pitched an overhand out of the woods, rolled towards the basket where it hit a rock and skipped up and hit the top rung of the cage for a near roller birdie! I witness one shot of this match, and this was the one. Unreal.
  • “Scotty Boom” comes from behind: Scott Groome trailed his elite 8 match going into hole 18, where he took the hole to send it to extras against Tony Lyons. Scotty took the match in the first hole overtime. Valuable lesson of match play: It isn’t over till it’s over!
  • Team Challenge experience matters: There were 8 players representing 4 teams in New England Team Challenge playing in this bracket. Of those 8, 6 advanced to the second round. While it is true that generally the stronger players in the area are asked to play for teams, this does show that familiarity with match play does matter. Further, Jarji Mosi of the Borderland Bombers has had arguably the hardest path thus far as he had to beat out Dean Slowey (Team Dacey) and Zak Benson (Team RI) to get to the final 4. Jarji has played TC for multiple seasons, whereas Dean and Zak are both in their rookie seasons. He will have his hands full with the likes of the winner of Mike Hladick and Joe Mercieri, who are both long time TC vets and both experienced and skilled opponents! If Mike wins, the final four will feature one member of The Borderland Bombers, The Borderland Billygoats, Dacey Owls and Team Rhode Island. How is that for TC parity?

Stay tuned for updates after the final four!

You can check out the full bracket here

 

 

 

 

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