On Saturday, May 16, 2015 we held the PDGA C-Tier tournament, Women of Webster Fish & Game. We had an amazing turnout with 36 women showing up to play! All players were greeted with a players’ pack that consisted of a Green Light stamped Gateway putter of their choice, a Green Light stash mini, 2 stickers, a nail file, a package of tissues, a Sharpie, travel lotion, travel hand sanitizer, and a granola bar. This awesome players’ pack was possible thanks to all of the tee sign sponsors that helped support our tournament!
The weather for the day called for a chance of showers and thunderstorms throughout the day, but we didn’t see a single drop! The first round played quickly due to the threesomes that filled 12 holes throughout the course. We had an amazing number of prizes donated so there was a CTP on EVERY hole! Erica Johnson came in from the first round with an amazing score of 52! Many other players came in to tournament central with a positive attitude and shared that they had a ton of fun first round, regardless of how they shot. After lunch the women headed out for the second round, all determined to shoot even better than their first round.
After the second round the women gathered inside to hear and see what CTP prizes were won throughout the day. Some special prizes were given out before the CTPs, these included:
1. Traveled the farthest- Marcia Focht (New York) we also recognized that 3 of our women traveled over 200 miles to join us (Marcia, Becky Sonnheim from New Jersey, and Alicia Villnave from Maine)
2. Most Improved Round- Nicky King and Becky Sonnheim both shot 10 strokes better the second round, so they each got a prize
3. Hot Round of the Day- Erica Johnson with her first round of 52!!!
4. Newest PDGA Member- Valerie Thresher #75271
5. Longest PDGA Member- Becky Sonnheim #33754
6. First Person to Sign Up- Kathryn Gray
In the Pro Division we paid out 3 spots, their scores are listed below:
1. Erica Johnson 52+57=109 trophy
2. Dena Laudon 57+61=118
Becky Sonnheim 64+54=118
In the Advanced Position we paid out 6 spots:
1. Julie Ferdella 58+62=120 trophy
2. Jacki Bogan 59+66=125
3. Erin Tivnan 62+64=126
4. Michelle Smith 67+63=130
Valerie Thresher 65+65=130
5. Eleanor Poore 63+69=132
In the Intermediate Division we paid out 6 spots:
1. Victoria Beckley 72+69=141 trophy
2. Cheneille Young 71+71=142
Becky Polenski 72+70=142
4. Kerri Sweeney 71+73=144
5. Kim Trutor 71+74=145
Our Recreational winner was Kelly O’Brien 84+79=163 trophy
We ended the day by playing a few rounds of Ring of Fire to win some prizes that were still up for grabs. The first round of this we ended up having some technical difficulties getting the discs in the basket (our first throw NONE of the discs landed in the basket) so we had 2 finalists play Rock, Paper, Scissors to see who would win the prize. Once the ladies got the hang of the game, putts were being made left and right (Wendy Boutin was also putting while in motion on the swing!). All prizes we given out and we all went our own ways after a great day filled with laughs, smiles, hugs, and overall happiness and camaraderie.
This day wouldn’t have been possible without the amazing support system that the New England disc golf women have behind them. Julie Ferdella was the driving force behind this tournament happening and we can’t thank her enough for her continued efforts to grow the women’s side of the sport and for asking us to run this amazing event on her behalf. The following people made tee sign donations which helped pay for players packs, greens fees, and PDGA sanctioning fees.
Maureen McErlean, Michael Zorovich, ITC Disc Golf, Get Ripped Wide Open Tournament, Jay Nourse, Amy Streeter, Aaron Kaczowka, Team Webster, DSP Computers, NEWDG, Julie Ferdella, Bill MacWilliams, John Hollows, John Giampapa, Green Light Disc Golf, Plug My Band presents the RAGE Tournament, David Hoey, John Mucciarone, Team NASA, Discs Over Amesbury, Get @ Marshall Custom Glass Art, The Laudon Family, The ACT Tournament, Alicia Villnave, Devens Disc Golf, Hawks Nest Pro Shop, Team Crafty, Dan Valerio (in memory of Mike “Banger” Valerio), Good Karma Disc Golf, Team Buff, Team Maple Hill Blues, and Greenleaf Garrison.
Players were highly encouraged at the Players’ Meeting to read every sponsor sign and to remember that each sign was a donation to the day and also moral (and financial) support for us all to have a fun day playing disc golf. I also put an inspirational quote on the top of each tee sign. These quotes related to competition, friendship, sports, and women in general. Pictures of each tee sign are in the slideshow below.
Our prize list is also extensive and made the day filled with prizes for all divisions, and who doesn’t like prizes??? Our donations came from:
Eleanor Poore, Becky Sonnheim, Good Karma Disc Golf, South Jersey Disc Golf, Kelly Jenkins, Devens Disc Golf, The Hawks Nest Disc Golf, Jacki Bogan, North NEWDG league, Michelle Smith, Team Buff, Tim Carter, Kristi Bayer, Erin Tivnan, Green Light Disc Golf, Julie Ferdella, Rob Durant, Marshall LaFlower at Get @ Marshall Custom Glass Art, Maple Hill, Dave Jackson, Vibram Disc Golf, Steve Dodge, John Hollows, Pam Beaudry, and Alicia Villnave!
Overall it was a great day! We couldn’t be happier or more proud to know such a talented and amazing group of women and we were honored to host this event! We hope to make this tournament a yearly tradition that will grow larger every year! So until the next time, let em rip and bang the chains ladies, you all ROCK!!!!!
Full PDGA results can be found here: http://www.pdga.com/tour/event/20736
This past Saturday, the Webster Fish & Game Club hosted a charity disc golf tournament benefiting the National Education for Assistance Dog Services, also known as Dogs for Deaf and Disabled Americans. NEADS is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that was established in 1976 and is based in Princeton, Massachusetts. These Assistance Dogs become an extension of their handlers and bring freedom, physical autonomy and relief from social isolation to their human partners who are deaf or have a disability.
With 33 teams in attendance, the event managed to raise $2700 with all proceeds going directly to NEADS.
A huge thank you goes out to John Hollows from Webster Fish & Game, and Tamara Beland from the NEADS organization.
A special thank you goes out to all that attended and to those who helped support an awesome cause. Without such a strong community, none of this would be possible.
*Bill Dunne/Billy Dunne
*Matt Sroka/Jenilee Desrosiers
*Mike Murphy/Nick Miller
*John Hollows/Tamara Beland
*Green Light Disc Golf
*Bridget Bohnson/David Hoey
*Bob Tuttle/Paul Jones
*New England Women's Disc Golf
This past Saturday Green Light Disc Golf held a Vibram Birdie Bash at Hyland Disc Golf Course & Brewery in Sturbridge, MA. We set up a temporary 9 – hole course spread throughout the original front 9 and played 2 loops each round. Holes ranged from 175 – 225 feet, with par being 27. There were 31 players who came out Saturday to brave the elements. With temps in the mid 30’s, 2+ feet of snow on the ground, and pouring rain throughout the day; it wasn’t an easy task, but everyone stuck in there and still had a blast.
There were 3 divisions: Men’s, Women, and Junior’s. It was a tight race across the board after round 1 but we had some separation down the stretch. Andrew Streeter was down 1 point going into round 2 and put together a solid second round to secure the win in the Men’s division. He played the last 4 holes with one disc after losing the other in the snow. There were 5 women who came out to play. Alicia Turcotte was down 2 points after round 1, but took her 2nd card by 3 and pulled off the 1 point win. Samuel Streeter was the lone competitor in the Junior’s division and cruised to an easy win. Andrew, Samuel, and Alicia each have a paid entry into the Vibram Birdie Bash Championships held in Kalamazoo, Michigan the weekend of July 18th and 19th. We wish them luck if they choose to go!
Each Birdie Bash tournament has an award that the TD chooses as the Spirit Award winner. Though she was sick leading up to the event, Ingrid Swenson still made it out for her 1st tournament ever, stuck in there until the end, and had a smile on her face the whole time. It was an easy decision for us.
Along with the trophies, we gave away a ton of swag that Vibram hooked us up with. We had socks, hats, bottle openers, ninja star minis, water bottles, and a Vibram cooler bag. We did group CTP’s each round, a ring of fire at lunch time, as well as a big raffle at the end that all players were in on. Congrats to Mandi Porter for winning the main prize, a sweet camo Vibram cooler bag.
We also managed to raise $180 for the tee box renovations taking place this year at Hyland. Thank you Vibram Disc Golf!
Thank you to Don Boutin and Hyland DG for opening up the course, as well as helping set up the temp course.
A huge THANK YOU goes out to all who participated this weekend. We had an awesome time, and hope you all did as well! Without you guys, this stuff is not possible!
Green Light Disc Golf has teamed up with Steve Dodge and Vibram Disc Golf and has been named the 2015 Vibram Birdie Bash fulfillment center. With nearly 200 tournaments registered across the US and Canada, and 5,000 participants expected, we look forward to the opportunity! Look for Green Light to host a local Birdie Bash at Hyland Disc Golf Course & Brewery on March 14th.