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Dacey in 2019: January and Looking Forward

Welcome to 2019, a year that we at Dacey Disc Golf are excited for! We have many developments in store for you guys, and are excited to see it all unfold before us.

Before we look forward, let’s all look back on what happened in January.

TC Round Up

Owls Get Statement Win

After coming off of back to back losses at the hands of Devils Grove and Team RI, the Owls sat at 1-2 with a paltry points percentage. On the 7th, Team Pelham took their 2-1 record on the road to Dacey.

“This was a big match for us,” Captain Alex Sakash wrote (teehee), “a loss would have put us bottom of the pool and all but eliminated us from finals and made relegation a very real possibility.” With Team RI and Devils ahead of them with Head to Head wins, a loss to Pelham would put the Owls with 3 tie breakers above them with only 3 matches left, meaning a finals berth would be nearly out of the question.

In a constant rain and chilly weather, the Owls answered the bell- roaring out to a 14.5-4.5 lead after singles. The Owls got dominant performances from Scott Groome and Dean Slowey (9&7 and 6&4 victories respectively), along with gritty performances including a huge comeback from Dave Leger. Dave was down 4 holes with 5 to play, and was able to run it back to push his match against one of Pelham’s captains.

With the doubles meltdown against Rhode Island still fresh in their minds, the Owls shuffled their doubles pairings and strategy and refused to take their foot off the gas, blanking team Pelham in doubles taking all 19 points available. Dacey’s win was punctuated by a strong -5 56 from mixed team Nate Lundstrom and Caley Allen (of the Ents who was called up to match Pelham’s 3 ladies), and a surreal -10 51 from Anthony Stewart and Captain Chuck Edman. 

With a statement 33.5-4.5 win, the Owls are right back in the finals mix of E-pool at 2-2 and are currently in the 3rd slot for finals.

Ents Keep Pace at Top PiP South

The Ents were fresh off a disappointing loss to Team Nantucket for first place in December. The Ents faced a strong team Send It from West Thompson on the 19th.

The Ents took an early 11.5-8.5 lead over Send It, on the backs of bullish performances from Jason Boucher (8&7), Nick Berry (6&5), Kevin Hallal (7&5),and Caley Allen (8&7).  The Ents held on to their 3 point lead, splitting dubs with Send It, riding 3 three under 58s from James Thomas & Tony Lyons, Terry Belmosto & Bren Slowey, and Jason Boucher & Caley Allen. “Big time showing today,” said Captain Paul Sales, “lots of people stepped up!”

Send It was predicted to be one of the better teams in the pool, but the Ents are showing again that they deserve to be in the conversation as one of the best teams in the Play in Pool. The Ents roll into February 3-1.

Hoot and Scoot gets Iced Out

The MLK Day Hoot and Scoot was supposed to be one of the first PDGA events of the New England calendar, however the first Nor’Easter of the year brought icy conditions and temperatures hovering around single digits. In the interest of player safety, we rescheduled the event to February 9th. Get on in!

New Looks and Improvements

With the storm, Dacey unfortunately lost some trees in the ice and wind. With the falling of some trees, new potential lanes opened up giving some holes some new looks. Hole 3 was narrowly edged out by hole 2 in our 2018 survey as the hole that needed the most work, and was able to get a bit of a face lift with some of the damage and some additional pruning. Hole 3 now has a long position, taking it from a tweener par 3/4 to a true 4.

Hole 1 is also looking at a potential short position.

We are hoping that white tees become a finished project by spring, but that is largely dependent on the town water departments availability.

We have been adding some additional quality of life improvements to the course- adding drainage ditches and bridges to help alleviate some of the muck issues on the front nine. A big thanks to Jeremiah Libby for putting in a ton of hours on these improvements.

Be on the lookout for the 2019 player survey to come in the next week or so!




Dacey Closes the 2018 Season and Ushers in 2019

Well another season is in the books, and Dacey was a hoppin’ in December!

TC Teams Fail to Defend Home Turf

Both the Owls and Ents had home matches in December, and unfortunately both took losses. The Owls had a strong showing vs. Team Rhode Island in singles, but RI flipped a 5 stroke disadvantage into a win after a super strong doubles round clipping the Owls wings 22.5-18.5

Final Scoreboard

The undefeated Ents hosted the also undefeated and resurgent Team Nantucket, and started off in the hole after singles. Unfortunately the Ents were not able to rally in doubles, falling in the battle for first in their division. Even though the Ents lost, they still very much control their own destiny in PiP South.

Bummer. Both teams are again home in January to get chances at redemption and right the ships.

Sell outs GALORE

However the biggest news out of Dacey this month was having back to back sell out events to close the month! Jeremiah Libby ran a bring your own partner dubs event that had a sold out field the week before christmas, drawing teams from all over the state. The next weekend was the 2018 New Years Heave Tag Launch. For the second year in a row we sold out our tag launch event- but unlike last year we had weather nearly 50 degrees warmer- making it a MUCH more enjoyable experience for all! As you all know- tag sales go directly to course funds to help us make improvements, buy players pack items, etc etc. Your support goes a long way and does not go unnoticed. We cannot say enough about the Dacey community that comes out to all of our events- this place is special because of all of you! Thank you, from the bottom of our collective birdies.

Looking ahead…

We have plenty more coming down the pike in 2019! Be on the look out for our annual player survey dropping soon, and our first PDGA Event of the year coming in the form of a Flex Start C Tier on MLK day. We are planning a number of flex events, another couple of funsie events such as Trilogy Challenge, regular PDGA events and bringing NEFA events to Dacey. We are hoping that spring also brings the completion of the course, as the town DOES have White Tees ready to be built…provided we can have a dry enough spell to get them in there.

We again have two TC matches at home this month, with the Owls hosting Team Pelham, and the Ents hosting team Send It out of Connecticut.






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

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.


  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!


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