Category: Dacey Fields News

2019 Survey Results and Admin Answers

We recently conducted our second annual player’s survey and received a bunch of feedback! Thank you all for taking the time to fill it out. It does help us in understanding what you all want. Buckle up- there is a lot to unpack here. Let’s take a quick run down of answers, then take a deeper look a bit later…

At a Glance…

  • Favorite hole is Hole 10, with 22% of the vote, the second favorite hole comes in a 12% (more on this later)
  • Least Favorite hole is Hole 3 (18%), trailed closely by hole 2 (15%) and hole 15 (12%).
  • Hole voted needs the most work is Hole 3 (23%), trailed by  Hole 1 (17%)
  • 85% of surveys said they play OB when they play casual, and 81% say that the OB adds to the competitiveness of the course.
  • Our Tag monthly the most well attended event we offered.
  • Survey indicated more PDGA events is what is most desired, at 61%. Brand specific events trails at 42%
  • Our League Event quality weighted at 4.20+ out of 5.0
  • Our Tournament and TC quality weighted at 4.58+ out of 5.0
  • The projects that seemed to be of the highest importance to the community was new signage (70% felt strongly), White Tee construction (60% felt strongly), and alternative pin locations was 50% strongly desired. Hatchling tees and different baskets were both decidedly meh.
  • Admin Team weighted at 4.83 out of 5.0.

In Depth…

The curious case of Hole 3:

Hole 3 was voted the least favorite hole, but was also the second favorite hole.

We attribute this to a number of factors.

  1. Not all respondents may have played the new pin location.
  2. The hole redesign is still in its infancy.

Some of the responses we got about it were that “it is a nearly impossible 2” which lends itself to the old position and truthfully, is why we made that change. Hole 3 in the short position is a tweener hole- as a par 3 you will RARELY see it birdied, but if you make it a par 4 it becomes an easy 3. We moved the pin back to make it into a true par 4. From it becoming the second favorite hole, it seems as though conceptually people were in favor of this new location.

HOWEVER- we specifically took out less trees than we could have to the new green. It is very easy to make out trees, but once they are gone- they are gone. We had opted to slow play taking trees to see how it plays and adjust as needed. Many of the responses we got were along the lines of

  • Maybe take some more trees out close to the river so it’s less of a hail Mary shot over
  • New green isn’t clearly approachable
  • tough to access green through ob trees

Heard, loud and clear. We will continue to thin that area to make the approach a bit more accessible without making it a cupcake.

To those who commented to put the pin back? We see you, too! The joy of alternate pin locations is we can freely move the pins back and forth. As we continue to put in alternative basket locations, we will be shuffling the layouts.

Hole 2’s playability

Last year hole 2 was widely voted on the hole that needed the most work. We addressed that last year by adding the left lane to offer an alternative route to the pin. Further, we had thinned the large clump in the middle of 3 trees. One of this years questions was if the hole was playing more fair.

With a weighted average of 3.89, it seems like the hole still needs some work. We do not feel as though it needs a massive amount of additional clearing, but we have identified a few additional strategic trees we will thin out to continue to make the hole less spray and pray.

Out of Bounds

The out of bounds has been for the most part universally accepted as making the course play more competitively.

  • Helps to stay out of wetlands and adds challenge
  • Good placement. Colored rope would be helpful
  • The OB is great. Just keep it clearly marked.
  • Change is good, so change in difficulty is good.
  • I prefer the OB. I spent a long time trying to par daceys. I finally did a few times. Then they added the OB and now I have a new challenge. I really enjoy it
  • I like it all, people hate 7’s but I do feel it makes you think vs just throwing one as hard as you can up the middle. All the other OB seems spot on
  • generally pretty fair and makes sense.

However, hole 7 repeatedly came up as an area needing to be addressed.

  • I think the OB on 7 goes way too far into the fairway making it significantly more difficult to play.
  • The only dacey ob I don’t agree with is the ob on 7 which is exactly where the majority rhbh players and those who have the distance can easily go ob by kicking back into it.
  • I love the OB with the exception of hole 7. That middle portion is cancerous… otherwise everything else seems fair.
  • Still difficult on 7, even to lay up and avoid it. Lot of drives that look safe off to the right funnel down into the OB. It’s like a black hole for those of us that don’t have the arms to consistently hit the initial tight gap and have it carry over a huge OB pit in the middle of the fairway.
  • Only one I’m not a huge fan of is the little blind part of 7 that juts out.
  • It’s fair. OB on 7 in middle will / can discourage novice/less powerful players

Let me explain a little bit about what is going on with hole 7. As some of you know, Dacey is built winding through protected wetlands. This is particularly hamstringing to course design on the front 9. The left side of 7, and left side of 8 specifically are low areas of the course and are particularly close to those wetlands. The OB was designed to keep players OUT of those areas- we want deter people from stomping around, breaking down branches to clear a better throwing zone, or messing up the ground to get better footing. Unfortunately, that jutted out area on 7 seems to be a low area where the wetland is encroaching upon the course. Does it make the hole play harder? Most certainly. Was that the only reason we added that OB? No. There was a practical reason behind it.

That said- the OB has been largely panned due to a number of factors…

  1. Blind OB area in the middle.
  2. Safe shots can roll OB.
  3. No real safe lay up zone.

We have internally discussed a way to address this to satisfy both the wetland and the players desires. Jeremiah Libby already chopped up an existing downed tree to buffer the OB line so discs will not roll in there. Further, this might also act as a dam effect to keep the water from further creeping up into the fairway. Secondly, we are planning on thinning the small brush on the right hand side of the fairway to extend that fairway about 20ish feet right, and we are going to thin the path area leading up to 8 to provide players with a wider angle and a bail out zone as well as a wider area in Circle 2. This will provide a safe 3 play, as well as the more aggressive 2 run carrying the OB. We plan to thin the area by 8s path only to a point, allowing for the teebox and early part of the fairway some continued shielding from hole 7. This should provide a more playable shot for all levels, while still giving bigger more aggressive arms a chance at separation.

Let’s Talk About Mud.

Mud was one of the biggest items that came up in the comments…

  • The water around [Hole 9s] tee is out of control. Needs some way to move water away from the tee area.
  • keep the putting green dry on 18.
  • Drainage to alleviate the muck [on hole 1]
  • Strategically placed french drains, dry wells, and installed grass or ground cover can help reduce mud. A disc golf course without much mud is a gem
  • All fairways need some minor branch trimming but the most important thing is for proper drainage on certain holes so ice and mud dont reak havoc in terms of erosion and danger
  • Moar stones. Can we ask for stone from the town? The main path needs to be continued after where they put the stone past 6’s basket(main trail). No muddy walk to 7. The stone ends on the path and everything turns to mud.
  • The efforts for the mud reductions, adding wood chips/drainage are fantastic. Would love to see more.

Yeah. It’s a PROBLEM. Again, Dacey is built on wetlands. However, we are looking into ways to alleviate some of that issue. Hole 1’s green is an absolute mess. As the ground continues to soften, we are going to look into making some drainage ditches down into the river. Even with the wood chips last year, we ran into significant issues with that. Hole 18s green is currently a mess, as has been a mess for some years. A few years back when the town brought some equipment back they used hole 18s green to turn their trucks around in during the mud season. It tore up the green and it never really recovered and has gotten progressively worse. A possible thing that we may investigate is putting a temp basket out in the opening, pulling the usual basket for a couple weeks and completely reseed the area. It should get enough sunlight to grow, and if we can stay off of it and let the roots take hold it might help with that green significantly.

I will be speaking to the town about getting more stone and/or more wood chips. The road down behind 6 to 7 is a disaster. We are going to look to get more stone, and we are also going to construct a footbridge on the more direct walk to 7. We started that project but did not fully finish it.

Hole 9 will be a much tougher task. With the slope of the land, the only place hole 9 would drain to is hole 8. We are thinking about cutting up the big downed tree into stepping stumps that are higher than what we have now for the time being as we continue to think about ways to better fix that.

Bridges

This has come up both on the survey, and in casual conversation. The foot bridges are about as old as the course is, and the have shifted, sunk, and broke apart as the ground has shifted and foot traffic has increased. The foot bridge to hole 1 is a high priority fix, and the bridge from 15-16 is essentially useless. We are going to be looking to repair those in the near future.

Hole 1s bridge over the water is its own thing. Beautifully built and aesthetically pleasing it is, but practical it isn’t. Something we will likely be dealing with for the duration. What we can do is make it a bit safer. We had put down grip strips but those did not last the winter. A possible solution we are looking at it bolting the grip strips in, or putting in studs like the bridges at flat rock to improve traction on it. As many of you know, and some of you have unfortunately experienced (myself included) coming down that bridge in snow is blow out central.

League and Event Feedback

  • Admins need to be stricter with start times. Its understandable that you want to be inclusive, but way too often, league gets held up as we wait for people who are “Be there in 5 minutes”

Chuck Edman already posted about this. He would love to see you guys there, but no more “I will be there in 5 minutes” texts. Be punctual if you want to play.

  • It would be nice to have a system for tracking year long results in leagues

We did this two years ago, it quietly faded away last year. This is the first we’ve really heard about it since. Seemed to be a lot of work for a precious little attention being paid to it. Meet in the middle and track monthly?

Sunday’s had a lot said about competitive balance.

  • There should be pools for sunday league so each random pair has one a pooler and 1 b pooler. Using a spreadsheet to determine prizes and tags for the weekly league and monthly’s rather than doing it all by hand would save everyone a lot of time.
  • I think the only thing I would change would be to randomize cards allowing for ams to play with pros to help their respective games. Its how my game raised through the OGs at Borderland when I was a young pup in the game
  • If possible to match lower rated players with higher in doubles I think it would grow the sport immensely, too often stacked teams in random dubs

This is a difficult thing to balance. Unlike regular league- there needs to be an even number of A and B poolers available for this to work. With random dubs, you can get 7 A poolers and 3 b poolers and a c pooler. It is a delicate balance there that is not always practicable to split.

That said, we’ve been talking about trying to schedule some sort of regular pro/am byop type event.

  • Having seen Devens’ digital registration and what not I can’t give it the highest ranking.

I am interested.

  • Tag matches often result in standing around an hour or so afterwards. I wish there was a way to better address this.
  • The turnaround time seems long sometimes after cards are in. Also takes too much time to send people out to start

We can definitely improve here. We are looking at instead of “head to your hole and start” at league we will have a set start time to yell through the course. Often times the admin card is the last to tee as we are putting away the table, putting things back in the bin, locking up, and then heading down to our hole. By the time our card tees, some groups are already throwing their second hole. Hopefully a shotgun type start will help some of that down time.

The Big Projects

Of our bigger projects, we asked you to rate how you would order them in terms of what you want to see. Signage was a massive surprise for us. Perhaps we took for granted our personal knowledge of the course- I am very glad we included this option as it is overwhelmingly desired! Dean Slowey has already begun working on new temporary signs to show the new lines and is going through and replacing all the dilapidated ones. We are going to work on not just hole signs, but also directional signage. Particularly on hole 3 to hole 4, and hole 17-18.

White tees…that is something I personally have been pushing for a number of years. We actually got verbal confirmation from the town that they would be going out and building them for us in October. However with the amount of rain we got, there was “too much mud” for the equipment to get back there. We will likely be on our own for this project going forward. We have almost all the material we need in stock from the town, with the notable exception of half our rubber tee mats due to the vendor being flakey.

Last year, we posted about adding multiple baskets per hole, as that was the initial plan for the course. This was something we felt was not in the best interest of the course, as many hole did not justify having two baskets in the ground at once like Borderland does. That said, the initial course vision was to have two baskets per hole. We still feel as though that is excessive. HOWEVER- multiple anchors in the ground is another story. The ability to have alternative locations is something that half of the community reported that they would love to see. We are investigating doing alternate basket locations on a number of holes. With a concrete plan already in place for hole 17, and some abstract ideas for other holes that we will be toying with. The model I am striving for is like the Hill at Devens.

Due to these impending changes- the new tee signs will be in the same vein as the former ones, as investing in nice permanent signs at this point seems a bit silly.

Some people in the past have complained about the chainstars catching ability. Though a pie in the sky idea in terms of cost, we floated the idea of upgrading the baskets. Seems like most of the community is content and would rather not see that expenditure happen. It is however something on our roadmap down the line- particularly if Maplegate’s offseason disc golf interest grows. Upgrading our baskets, and selling them to Maplegate could be a massive win/win for the community! But this is a few years out, most likely.sll

Hatchling tees were a pet project of mine. These short tees were designed for the Kids Disc Golf event, but also served to satisfy a town desire to make the course more family friendly. Going back to the second basket idea that was initially in the plan…it was specifically geared towards a family friendly layout. Rather than waste space and finances on an expensive and largely useless competitive layout, we looked at the Hatchling to be something that would be more accessible to the Franklin Community without hindering the Disc Golf Communities experience. The general consensus is that this is nothing that we really feel strongly about. For one event during the year, I am not going to be prioritizing making them any more official than a few flags in the ground and a laminated sign. The Hatchling tees will remain there for play for anyone interested, but will not have anything additional invested into them at this time.

Community Comments We Found Noteworthy…

We had an open ended question at the end for anything we didn’t ask to give you guys the floor to tell us some things we might have not mentioned. I’d like to highlight and comment on some of those.

  • I think it would benefits anyone new to the sport if the admins finds ways to provide more workshops on improving skills, host more Clinic events with Pros if possible.

Certainly! Greg Dowdell is currently offering classes through the Franklin Park and Rec office for Disc Golf. I have a Prodigy Par2 and Air Show in the works that would provide a little Q+A with local Prodigy Sponsored Pros on the horizon. We can certainly offer more of that.

The past few years we have seen Philo Brathwaite, Will Schusterick, and Drew Gibson come out during the MVP Open. I am currently working on bringing a tandem of touring pros this year- preferably a male and female. I have reached out to Garrett Gurthie and Jessica Weese, and Eric and Tina Oakley have been floated to me as well. I feel pretty strongly about getting an FPO player out here to help promote the female side of the game!

Speaking of females…

  • How in the world can we increase the number of women playing DG? With all the local TC teams – there are plenty of women interested. If we started a women’s league – would there be interest? Participation? I know many women don’t necessarily feel comfortable “playing with the guys”, so a women’s league would be great – maybe it can travel from course to course – Dacey, Borderlands, Pyramids, Hawkins?

As I mentioned above I’d love to get a current FPO tour player to come out- I think that would be hugely beneficial to the local ladies, and would probably draw some of the ladies from surrounding courses as well. We would love to see more women on league night, and would happy to host a traveling womens league should one arise. If you are interested in taking this on, or adding Dacey to an existing women’s league circuit- please reach out to us!

  • Plenty of people talk about wanting to be more involved in helping out. When you are holding Work Days or events where you need extra hands, it would be great to get more than a few days notice.
  • more DG community wofk days to improve course

We have a lot we’re hoping to do out there…we would like to schedule some more work days to get some help. We will need it. Especially for white tees. That’s going to take some man power.

  • More trash cans/ recycling??
  • Also maybe assigning like a cycling trash duty. I love that the course has trash cans but it doesnt look great when they’re overflowing. Happy to help
  • work out a way to be able to empty out the trash barrels, don’t know how it’s done now or who but would be glad to help out
  • Trash can locations. It’s nice to have them at teebox areas, but it’s not convenient for admin team to pick up…maybe some strategic placement along the main path by 18, 7,8,11 10

First of all- big shout out to you all for using the trash cans. We have a relatively clean course…aside from trash barrels overflowing. With nicer weather ahead, trash runs are more frequent. We emptied them all on 3/28. Doing trash is the crappiest job we do, and whomever volunteered to help is a saint! If you want to help us out without getting stinky…crush your cans before throwing them in the bins. When doing trash we noticed just how much wasted space in the barrels there are from empty cans. They will not fill as fast if we are all stomping our cans down before pitching them!

  • make 100 nuggets a thing

You do not have to tell me twice!

  •  Are you familiar with TopGolf? Not the electronic version in MA, but the physical large locations in the rest of the country? I was thinking the soccer fields could be used for a similar event like the skills challenge at worlds. Some ideas would be CTP from top of hill to practice basket, driving from sign (base of steps) into the field, but having to go through 3 soccer frames. Another would be place rings 150’ out and mandatory roller around an obstacle. Maybe through goal post with BH and FH shots CTP with rings worth points closer to a target. Pretty much field events which accrue you points. You guys have the two fields and space to do this, providing right time of year. I’d love to see something unique like this. -roger gagnon

  • Monkeys like cheese – esp the stinky kind from France

Lemurs have some issues with lactose. I know things.

  • Just a few specific trees to remove on a few holes…

This, on a broader scale. Just because we haven’t specifically spoken to your feedback in this post does not mean we didn’t see it! We know there are plenty of other stuff that could be worked on. Most of what was talked about here is on a much larger scale.

In Closing…

Thank you all for taking part in the survey! We appreciate your time, dedication, and effort to help direct us in making Dacey ever better! Again, not everything you ask for we can provide, but we can do our best to continue to improve the playability of the course and keep driving us forward.

In terms of admin feedback

  • Five stars but don’t want you to rest on your laurels

Can’t stop, won’t stop. Let’s get after it!

Here’s to a great 2019 season!

-Alex and the Admin Team!

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!

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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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