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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!

 

 

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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