Category: Dacey Fields Events

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!

 

(Sign up for Daceyland quick- it’s gonna fill!)

February Recap: PDGA, Team Challenge, USAMPC and More!

The month of February is a short month on the calendar- but we packed plenty into this month! Oh my, where do we begin…

Hoot and Scoot III Blows By

The first pdga event at Dacey was initially scheduled back in January- but with subzero temperatures and an ice storm, we elected to move the event back to February 9th. While we missed the Ice- the event was punctuated by constant wind and some rather strong gusts throughout the day. Even still, 42 players came out to get that rated round in! Congrats to Raivis Markons-Craig for taking down his first MPO win of 2019 with -4 999 rated (grrrr!) 58! Other division winners included John Bilsky (MA1), Paul Boyle (MA2), Jen Amaral (FA2), and Patrick Broderick and Nikki Broderick taking down MA and FA 3 respectively! All amateurs were paid out through Infinite Discs!

The next Hoot and Scoot is tentatively slated for 4/15- Marathon Monday!

Teams Dacey Roll on the Road

Both the Owls and Ents were away from the friendly confines of home, and both were looking to continue to build upon their January momentum. The Owls traveled to Warren MA to battle with team 501, while the Ents marched to South Kingston RI to take on team 401…similar numerals but no relation!

The Owls found themselves dealing with snowy conditions, but were able to overcome them early screaming out to an 8 point lead at half. The early momentum came on the efforts of James Barron (8&7), Dean Slowey (7&5),  Jeremiah Libby and Corey Robitaille (Both 6&5 winners). The Owls did not take the foot off the gas, with strong performances from Chuck Edman/Anthony Stewart (49), and Max Heihsel/Josh Garland (50) paired with a 3 hole playoff win from James Barron/Paul Pacheco the Owls were able to double their margin, taking a road win 24-8.

With the win, the Owls improve to 3-2 on the season, with two big matches on the horizon. They contend with 2-3 Team Barre at Flatrock on the 9th, and then finish the season at 3-2 Stonykill in New York. All three teams are jockying for finals positions in E Pool.

The Ents found themselves in a dog fight at South Kingston against 401. At lunch, the Ents were deadlocked at 8.5, following wins by Jason Boucher (7&5), Chris Lydon (6&5) and Ben Tucker (5&4)Again, the lady Ents proved to be an asset, with both Caley Allen and Bri Reeves taking care of business in the singles frame.

The Ents however found their groove in doubles, doubling up on RI in the second round 12-6. The Ents got a dominant performance from Boucher/Allen in mixed in the form of a hot round for the day 52, and 3 hole playoff win from James Thomas/Bren Slowey. 

With the 20.5-14.5 road win, the Ents continue to hold the second seed in PiP South behind team Nantucket and are locked in finals. They will finish the season at home with contender Team Webster on 3/23.

United States Amateur Match Play Challenge Returns

Dynamic Discs’ second USAMPC bracket challenge ushers in 2 new brackets for this season! Dacey has two brackets this year, one for Teams Dacey, and one Public Open bracket. Both brackets have competent and capable players who could easily represent the state of Massachusetts in Emporia Kansas last year! Highlighting the public bracket is defending Dacey bracket champion and doubles record holder Pete Violet and last years runner up Mike Hladick. Bracket play will begin shortly, and you can follow along with updates right here, or at the links above.

Maplegate Returns from a 10 Year Hiatus

PC: Raivis Markons-Craig

Almost a decade ago, Maplegate Golf Club course Pro Greg Dowdell got a temporary disc golf course set up on the country club’s fairways. It was a big success back then, and much to many of the veteran disc golfers pleasure Greg brought it back this year! Featuring long air shots and vintage baskets, the Maplegate DGC experience was one that players from all over the area flocked to get a piece of. The course was open for casual play, as well hosted a singles tournament as well as a BYOP doubles event. Hurry and try to get a piece of the Maplegate action before it goes back to being a ball golf course!

We’re onto March…and snow. Yuck.

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!

 

 

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

Dacey Charity “Ice Bowl” Tournament a Success

Ice Bowl Charity Donations!
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Well players, I’m super stoked to be presenting the final numbers for our 1st annual Ice Bowl Charity event!!! We were working hard to raise money and food for the Franklin Food Pantry. We will be dropping the donations at our allotted time this thurs at 10:30 at the food pantry!

I’m happy to announce we have raised:

Food: 230 non perishable Items
Cash: $326 (WE BEAT OUR GOAL of $250!!!!)

I’m so happy and I can’t thank each and everyone that came down to play and help out this great cause!!! Give yourself a big pat on the back!!!!!

 

Ice Bowl Results:

What a day everyone, amazing people, amazing times – thanks for everyone coming out, donating for the Franklin Food Pantry, and just bringing tons of smiles! Thanks Alex Sakash my right hand man, Mike Hladick for all the direction, Dave Leger Jr. for being my sounding board. I think we can call this first tourney a success. Couldn’t have done it without you – and others of course but can’t mention everyone! Let’s get into it…

Pro Results
1st: Dave Beadenkopf (Whites: 47, Blues: 63)
2nd: Noah Chronin (Whites: 50, Blues: 61)
3rd: Peter Bean (Whites: 50, Blues: 63)
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AM Results
1st: David Mahoney (Whites: 49, Blues: 65)
2nd: Marc DeBlasio (Whites: 54, Blues: 61)
3rd: Joshua Sowa (Whites: 50, Blues: 67)
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Other Prizes
Ace Pot: Ted Brown (no one hit, so had a throw off)
Travel Basket: John Smith
CTP #2: Scott Groome
CTP #4: James Barron
CTP #8: Tim Orr
CTP #11: Christian Hayman
Ring of Fire: 5 winners of fun stuff
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Fun Stats
Lowest Hole Averages
Blue #16 – 2.9 Average
White #16 – 2.82 Average

Highest Hole Averages
Blue #12 – 4.98 Average
White #18 – 3.78 Average

11 Mistakes in scoring costing 22 strokes total!!
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