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2014 PDGA World Review and Green Mountain Championship Update

WORLDS

A large crowd gathers around the second tee at Blue Lake Disc Golf Course, site of the Final 9.

The PDGA World Championships in Portland, OR was a tremendous event. With over 400 competitors and 6 courses, Portland seemed to have disc golf fever throughout the week as evidenced by over 3,000 spectators on the final day. It came down to the a five-hole sudden death playoff between the #1 ranked golfer in the world, Paul McBeth and #2 ranked Ricky Wysocki. Below is a video of Ricky putting for birdie on the 4th playoff hole to extend the match.

Brewster Ridge is very excited to welcome Ricky Wysocki back to Smugglers’ for the 2014 Green Mountain Championship. Ricky will be one of many top pros to attend. Steve Brinster, currently 7th in the world rankings and co-designer of BRDG’s next course will be in attendance as well. On top of those two we have former World Champ Avery Jenkins, European Champ and the #8 ranked player in the world Simon Lizotte, former US Champ and #5 ranked player in the world Will Schusterick, and former US Champ and #9 ranked player in the world Nikko Locastro.

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Jeff with Val Jenkins, Steve Brinster, and Nate Doss. The three on the right share 6 World titles and 2 US Championships!

At Brewster Ridge, we hope to continue to grow our own events in order to someday get to the same level of competition and excitement as the 2014 World Championships. The Green Mountain Championship presented by Prodigy Disc is on our horizon now as we are in the final month before the event. With over 120 players registered for the event we should have a great turnout and competition here are Smugglers’ Notch Resort.

Don’t forget, we have Mountain Bike clinics and group rides going for the event as well along with live music and craft beer. We hope to have many Vermonter’s join us at Smugglers’ for the weekend of the event, September 19th-21st.

Some other parts of the event to look forward to:

  • Jeffersonville Village Fair Sponsored by the Cambridge Artists & Entrepreneurs – Thursday, 9/18 – 4:30-8:30pm
    • Free play on our Downtown Disc Golf Course from 4:30pm-7:00pm
    • Free Pro Clinics at 4:30-5:00pm, 5:00-5:30pm, and 5:30-6:00pm
    • Discmania’s Deep in the Game Clinic – Pre-registration required
  • Fiddlehead’s Can Release Party – Friday, 9/19 – 7:00-10:00pm
    • Located on the Smugglers’ Village Green
    • Debut of Hyzer Flip Double IPA – A beer brewed for the GMC and Smugglers’ Notch Resort
    • Music from the Woedoggies from 7:oo-10:00pm
  • Smugglers’ Fall Fest – Saturday, 9/20 – 2:00pm-10:00pm
    • Located on the Smugglers’ Village Green, $5 entry fee
    • Beer & Cider Garden Featuring Fiddlehead Brewing, Citizen Cider, & Lost Nation Brewing
    • Music from Dale & Darcy, Citizen Bare, Conscious Roots, & more from 2:00pm-10:00pm
    • Vendor Market with food, art, samples and more!

And of course, tournament disc golf will be going on starting Friday and running through Sunday. A spectator guide will be released soon for those hoping to catch some of the best disc golfers in the world!

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The PDGA World Championships in Portland, OR

Hey Brewster Ridge Disc Golf Fans!

I’ve been at the PDGA Disc Golf World Championships in Portland, OR spreading the good word about Brewster Ridge DG and competing with the world’s best players! Here is the commemorative image from one of the premiere disc golf brands and pro shops in the country, Huk Lab. The BRDG Pro Shop will be stocking their signature Tri-Fly stamps in the near future, so get ready to throw some sweet plastic! I will update folks on progress out here later today!photo 4

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Brinster Visits to Begin Design & Upcoming Events

Brinster Design

Reigning US Disc Golf Champion Steve Brinster surveying land on the basin course, a new 18 Hole course coming to Smugglers’ Notch.

Brewster Ridge Disc Golf and Smugglers’ Notch Resort have a new course in their sights as our disc golf operation looks to continue to grow towards being one of the best destinations in the world. We have brought in Steve Brinster, a seasoned course designer with 12 courses under his belt to help co-design what we hope to be a course worthy of the highest caliber players and events. The process has just started, and solid dates on the final product have yet to be set. Designing with Steve was both exciting and challenging as we worked to minimize impact on the land and utilize the best natural features available to us while working towards a course that has flow and a unique style. We can’t wait to continue work on this beauty as soon as possible!

UPCOMING EVENTS

  • THURSDAY Disc Day @ Smuggs – July 31st
    • TNT (Thursday Night Triples) Visits Brewster Ridge! – 5:30pm @ the Pro Shop
      • Traditionally held at Waterbury’s Center Chains DG Course, this group-play event is traveling to Brewster Ridge! We will group people up in groups of threes and play a round of best disc. Brewster Ridge is throwing in some prizes for the winners on top of cash winnings. $5 for members to play, $8 for non-members.
    • Village Nine Glow Round! – 8:30pm @ the Village Gazebo
      • After a successful first round two-weeks ago, the glow round is back! With prizes for low scores and a glow-putting contest.
  • Brewster League #6 Sunday – August 2nd
    • This is an off week for the GMPS, and a great chance to get involved in this awesome league that will conclude with a Match Play Championship in October. Follow the link for more info. We aren’t even half way through yet, so get involved!
    • For those who come to league this Sunday, I will be offering a sneak peak of some of the back nine design of the new course for those interested.

Hope to see you on the course this week and weekend!

 

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Brewster Ridge Update!

NEWS & NOTES FROM A REFLECTIVE WEEK:

Brewster Ridge has been enjoying the best summer of its existence this year. That’s not just a good thing, it’s a necessary thing seeing how young the course is. In our second full year of operation, we’ve seen our day pass visits triple! We are seeing over 200 rounds per week and most all of those are paid rounds. We also have seen strong disc sales as plastic (and some rubber) is flying off the shelves.

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However, despite the good 1st half of the summer, we are gearing up to make a new push next week. Here are a couple things to keep an eye out for in the next week:

  • BRDGs 1st GLOW ROUND – Friday – 8:30pm – The Village 9 – park in the main Smugglers’ lot.
    • We have bought the glow material and prepped the Village Nine, now all that is left is for you to come out and experience it! Our Pro Shop Manager Drew Tolbert has gone all out for this one and it should be a really great looking course! The best scores will get prizes and we have TONS of glow discs for sale and purchase. $10 for a round!
  • Promotion for the Green Mountain Championship (September 19-21) Ratchets Up
    • Our first PDGA A-Tier event, the GMC has a big cash purse and the crew is working hard to put the finishing touches on the projects we need to complete before the event. Set to draw the best disc golfers in the world to our beautiful corner of Vermont, the event will also transcend disc golf and include MUSIC, CRAFT BREW, and MOUNTAIN BIKING sessions and group rides. We are aiming to draw in over 500 people for this one, get ready for a good time! Disc golfers; register HERE. Interested in staying at the resort for weekend of fun-filled action? Call Jason Nieme, group sales rep, at 802-644-1060. Jason has rooms available at a special event discount!
  • The Rekindling of the fire that is BRDGC LEAGUE!!!
    • If there is one thing, and one thing only that you should do, it is this: come to BRDGC league this Sunday at 1:00pm! This league has a truly magnificent set up, but we have had luster-to-lackluster participation thus far. It’s not too late people! We are only 4 weeks in, with league round #5 coming straight at you like a bullet train to your dreams. There are 12 weeks of play, and your top 5 results count. We score point series style, and if you don’t know what that means, click the link above and read about the details. Our final message is this: anyone can win this thing. We use the staggered tee system as our way to handicap. The top 14 competitors will qualify for the 1st BRDG Match Play Championship to determine this year’s club champion!
  • New Discs Arriving Next Week
    • It seems as though we’ve been waiting centuries, but orders are on the way and next week we will be sporting new discs from MVP, Westside, Legacy, Latitude 64, and Dynamic along with new DG bags, towels. Next Thursday we are looking to hold a special round of doubles. If you stop by, you will be sure to get to peruse this gigantic shipment of new discs. Who doesn’t like checking out some new plastic!?

That’s it for now! We hope to see you soon at Brewster Ridge!

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Sunday at the Maple Hill Open, with Brewster Ridge DG

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A look at the beautiful pond on the first hole at Maple Hill Disc Golf Course.

Well, Sunday is here and the Brewster Ridge team has had great success throughout the week promoting the Green Mountain Championship, our 1st PDGA A-Tier event at the Maple Hill Open. I rebounded from a first day 75 to throw 66 & 67 in rounds 2 and 3. While both rounds were rated around 980, I felt like I left a lot of strokes on the course. Low 60s is out there for me if I just clean up those two round a bit.  Though there wasn’t much hope for the cut after the 75 in round 1, I feel encouraged with rounds in the mid-60s. I know that in the future, the low 60s are very doable and I look forward to making another run at it next year.

In other news, I am back on the bag for Steve Brinster, reigning United States Disc Golf Champion. After round three, Steve is on the chase card, sitting 4 strokes back of the leader Jeremy Koling. With 8 players within 4 of the lead, it should be a tremendously exciting final round. My thoughts on Steve’s chances… Steve can go low out here. A round in the 40s wouldn’t surprise anyone, coming from Steve. I believe he is coming in confident and ready to go low, post a number, and see if the lead card can match it. I  also noted Ricky Wysocki’s hot round of 52 from yesterday has many thinking that he could be poised to go low again. Scoring conditions are prime as the wind of Saturday has died down leaving a gorgeously sunny day in the mid-70s. Will Brinster be able to charge back into a winning position or with Jeremy Koling hold off the field and keep his slim lead? A growing crowd of spectators awaits the tee time for the leaders and the excitement to follow.

Brewster Ridge Disc Golf is happy to be a vendor for this great event and is excited for the strong field of pros that is shaping up for our own event, the Green Mountain Championship this September 19th-21st!