Author: Alex Sakash

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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