The Summer Sizzler lived up to its name on Sunday – 60 players braved 90 degree temps to be rewarded with a first glimpse at all of the incredible improvements being made at Muldoon Park DGC! Massive props to the Pelham Disc Golf Club for their work on the new tee pads – they look absolutely incredible! We also have to thank Breakin’ Chains Disc Golf for hosting a great event! It’s no accident that Bill is TD’ing 1/3 of our events this year – the man is a powerhouse and year after year hosts some of the best tournaments in the state. All of this added up an abundance of fun times to mark the halfway-point of our season!
Billy Crane extended his lead in the Pro Open division, starting the day with the hot round of 48 (matched by Danny Rosana in round 2!). Tucker Davis was hot on his heals with a 49 but was unable to make up the stroke despite putting up an equally impressive score in round 2. With his 2nd place finish, Tucker moved himself into 2nd place in the season standings, displacing Charlie Veysey who was conspicuously absent. Noah Proctor was able to bump himself up into 4th place in season points with his 3rd place finish. Lots of movement in the Open field and there’s still plenty of time for the leader board to change between now and finals – Billy isn’t registered for the next two events, who is going to catch up to him?
In the Masters divisions, Blaine took his 2nd win of the year in MP40 with a score well under par and Chris Mergemekes extended his lead in the MA40 point series with his 1st win of the season – congrats Chris and Blaine!
Nichole Powers cruised to an uncontested victory in FA1. Tammy Coburn still leads this division in the point series, but these two are poised for a head to head battle at Storrs Pond in September, which should make for a very exciting round!
With a big win in a big field, Frank Wruk was able to knock Patrick Lindley out of the top spot and take the lead in MA1 on the season! The top 5 spots in this division were incredibly close and there was lots of movement on the leaderboard between rounds 1 and 2. The overall season points are similarly close and we can expect lots of movement in the coming events, with most of the leaders signed up for both the FFO and the Classic! Congrats to Frank, Trevor, and Colby for all shooting 50s in round 1 – what happened in round 2 guys?!?!
Lastly, MA2 saw a number of scores that would’ve been competitive in the advanced division and ultimately Peter Jason came out on top with a 108! Rob Rustowicz was able to improve his lead in season points, tying for top score amongst LFDT members. Robert, Beau, and Michael are locked in a tight battle for the MA2 title and I think we can expect some movement on the leader board with Beau being the only one registered for both of the next two events – can he take the lead?
The Summer Sizzler continued our streak of good weather and good times throughout the 2019 season! Thank you again to Bill, Bryant, Pelham DGC, and all of the player for coming out and making this event another smashing success! Next up is the Franklin Falls Open, hosted by local legends Jim Bailey and Tucker Davis. Amateur registration is now closed, but there is still time for Pros to sign up for this B-TIER event! The Franklin Falls crew have been making TONS of improvements to the course lately and we cannot wait to see what they have in store for us next month! Check out the following links to see all of the latest course updates and register yourself for one of the can’t-miss events of the 2019 season!!!
The gods continue to smile on the 2019 tour - we enjoyed a perfect day of disc golf for stop #4 at Salmon Falls this weekend! The weather was ideal (what wind?), the crowd was sold out, and the TDs executed a flawless event. Big thanks to Josh and Mick for their efforts and to everyone at Salmon Falls for inviting us back for another year at one of our favorite courses!
MPO had a very large field of 24 and the competition was tight with 10 players scoring between 121 and 125. Mike Habets and Ian Craverio battled to a tie for 2nd place at 121, but it was Josh Connell who stole the show with a 117 on the day to take 1st place! Very impressive to outpace the field by that big a margin on such a challenging course – nice throwing Josh! Honorable mention goes to Danny Rosana for throwing the hot round of the day at 57!
In FA1 and FA2, Tammy and Nichole took home the coveted Pine Tree Riot mini trophies (which looked amazing!) In MA1, Patrick Lindley had another big win which propelled him into 2nd place in the season points standings, just 4 points behind the leader, Josiah Gesner. Jeff Furbush took third place on the day, which moves him into 3rd place on the season – its going to be very exciting to watch the battle for this division over the next 5 events!
In MA50, Cecil Abels triumphed in a field of 1 to take home the trophy. There was a much larger field in MA40, where Jay Bernier beat out 6 competitors to take the win and get himself onto the season points leaderboard! Great score that would’ve beat nearly half of the MPO field!
The MA2 finish was very exciting, with Tyler and Jacob tying at 134. In the end, Tyler prevailed in a playoff to earn a 1st place trophy and a healthy number of Marty-Bucks to boot! Rob Rustowicz and Beau Schofield, the MA2 season points leaders, continued their battle and too 3rd and 4th place, respectively. Lots of great competition in that division and it’s still anyone’s season at this point!
On the whole, Team Salmon Falls showed what an advantage it is to know the course – putting up great finishes across most of the divisions. The course is looking better than ever and we can’t thank them enough for hosting such a great event! Next up on the tour is one of the classics – the Summer Sizzler at Muldoon Park! Hosted by Breakin’ Chains and TD Bill Bruce, you know this is not gonna be one to miss! Sign up today and we’ll see you next month in Pelham!!!
The Heart of New Hampshire Open hosted by Marty Vaughn and Top O’ The Hill Disc Golf treated us to another Live Free and Drive Tour classic. With weather looking bleak early in the week, it turned around to give us a nice 58 degree day with some classic TOPO swirly wind.
There were some battles out there today with multiple playoffs to decide division winners. In the men’s pro open division it was a battle all day. Scores were tight, tensions palpable. With a three way tie for 1st going into the second round and 2 players one stroke off the lead it was anyone’s tournament. In the end, Kevin Michael Kohl shot the hot 2nd round to come off the chase card to tie Billy Crane. Charlie Veysey and Tony Webb were one stroke off the lead tied for 3rd. Playoffs for bragging rights, trophies and disc golf lore ensued. Kevin took the title on the 4th playoff hole and Charlie on the first.
In the AM1 division a 38-hole battle between Pat Lindley and Joe Wilson wasn’t enough! A nail biter of a playoff ensued and it was Top O’ The Hill Legend Pat Lindley pulling out the win! Frank Wruk III and Jeff Furbush finished one stroke off the lead also had a tense playoff where Frank prevailed.
In the AM2 division Dean Squires Jr. was able to hold off Ben Lesser for a one stroke victory.
In the FA1 division Tammy Coburn takes it down wire to wire.
Chris Buckle wins the MA40 division.
Scott Keenan took down the MA50 division.
Michael Corson Jr. wins the AM3 division.
Thanks to everybody for coming out! Three huge events to open the year and our next stop at Salmon Falls already sold out! It's a great year to be part of the Live Free and Drive Tour!
The Bellamy Park Championship was a huge success this weekend and we have two great tournament directors to thank for it: Ian Craveiro and Dylan Adjutant. This event sold out VERY early and a few last-minute openings were snatched up within minutes by a crowd that was clearly itching to compete at one of New Hamshire’s finest courses. I also hear that Dylan was personally responsible for the amazing weather that we enjoyed all day!
Competition in MPO was fierce, with a particularly large field of 17 and 13 of those under par on the day. In the end however, Rory Duffy and Nathan Vintinner broke ahead of the pack by each throwing the hot round of the day at 52. At the end of round two, they were tied at 107, but Rory took the tie-breaker and thus the glory of 1st place! Congrats to both for some fantastic golf! There was a huge group battling for 3rd place, with 11 players within 8 strokes of each other, but Josh DiBattista held off the pack and took the honor with a 110 on the day.
In the age protected divisions, Everett Evans started the day with an impressive 54 and was able to cruise to victory in MP40. MA40 was a rollercoaster, with a deep field and wildly disparate scores between rounds 1 and 2 across the board. Chris put up a valiant comeback run with a 58 in round 2, and Lloyd’s 62 to start the day kept him competitive, but in the end, it was Mark Sayer who took 1st place with a 129 on the day. It was a big day in the Sayer home, as Miles Sayer took the win in MA3 – congrats to you both!
It was a very tight race in MA1, with the top 17 players all within 10 strokes of each other. Robbie Lawson and Josiah Gesner both came within one stroke of the lead and tied for second place at 118, but Mike Sousane’s consistent play won the day at 117 in an absolutely massive MA1 field – nice work Mike! Better sign up for a tour membership so all of those points don’t go to waste! Josiah and Robbie both rocketed onto the season point podium with their 19 points earned – after a 3rd place finish at Birch Park, Josiah is sitting in first place with a healthy cushion!
MA2 has some great season-points competition already this year with 3 players over the 50 point mark after just 2 events! Adam White moved himself into first place with a win at Bellamy this weekend. Beau was hot on his heels with a 125 and boosted himself into 2nd place on the season with his 2nd place finish on the day. With the large fields we’re seeing in MA2 this year, its still anyone’s series to win with 2018 powerhouses Chamberlin and Kilmer up in MA1 this year!
On the whole, it was a fantastic day in Dover – the weather, the people, and a beautiful course all came together perfectly. We have to send a huge shout out and thank you to the Bellamy Park Disc Golf Club – the course was in top notch shape and we really appreciate all of the work y’all do to maintain this gem. It’s a real privilege to come back to Dover year after year. Thank you to everyone for coming out and we look forward to seeing all of you at stop #3 on the tour – The Heart of NH Open at Top O’ the Hill! Marty has a great tournament lined up for us, don’t forget to pre-register and reserve your spot at one of the finest courses the state has to offer! May 25 – be there or be square!
The 2019 Live Free and Drive Tour kicked off with a bang yesterday in Amherst, NH! Birch Park is a new addition to the tour and our hosts pulled in an unbelievable 97 players for the 1st annual (we hope) Spring Fling! Bill, Norma, and the gang put together a great event and we had the privilege of playing on some freshly-made tee pads. Huge thank you to the Amherst Recreation Department for their hard work getting the course ready – its looks great and we are excited to see how both the course and the Spring Fling mature in the coming years!
The gorgeous weather provided opportunity for some long throws and low scores throughout the day. Shane Wyatt set the tone early with a hot score of 46 in the first round! Shane went on to win MPO with a 95 on the day, beating Nathan Vintinner by just 2 strokes – congratulations to both for some consistently awesome throwing!
Blaine Faulkner, winner of the 2018 MP50 point series, stepped up to MP40 and took the win with both rounds under par. Tying Blaine was John Dunphy, who took the win in an incredibly competitive MA1 field. The top 6 players were all within 2 strokes, but John eeked out the win with a consistent 52/52 and earned a healthy amount of points to start off the season.
On the women’s side, Tammy Coburn notched her first win of the season in the advanced division. Tammy finished 2018 strong with a win at Storrs Pond, and it looks like she has kept that momentum going through the “off-season”! In the FA2 field, Nichole Powers took an early lead, but Louise Brown took home the glory with a come-from-behind victory in round 2.
The men’s intermediate division was enormous, and the top scores were right up there with those in advanced. Ben Zukatis threw a 49 first round (in MA2?) and rode that score to victory despite valiant efforts to catch up by Janson, McDonald, and Fee. If this season-opener is any indication, we’re going to have bigger MA2 fields this year than ever before (if that’s even possible).
We also had very strong showings in MA40 and MA50, where Chris Buckle and Scott Roberts both held on to early leads to win first place in their respective divisions. With New England disc golf legend Gary Vigue on his heals, you know Scott was feeling the heat!
All in all, it was an incredible start to the season and we had a blast – thank you everyone for coming out! We can’t wait to keep this momentum going into stop #2 at Bellamy next month. Registration already open and filling fast, don’t miss it!!!
With only two events remaining before finals, it seems appropriate to update our tour blog for the first time in two years and analyze the current standings for our 2018 season. The tour has seen impressive growth this year with a 25% increase in the number of tournaments and still managing to sell out more than half of those events. To that end, we owe great thanks to our tournament directors for all of their tireless efforts to put on such fun events across the state. Thank you!
Now down to business…
The women’s intermediate division is a smaller population this year, but we have a tight race for first place between Kaye and Hanna at 8 and 10 point, respectively! It looks like Squamanagonic will be the last chance to earn points in this division before finals, as none of the ladies on this leaderboard are registered for the (sold out) Storrs Pond Classic. Are you going to just let Hanna take the win, Kaye?!?!?!?!
The race for first place in men’s intermediate is far less competitive right now, as Bryant Chamberlin is dominating the division with a lead of more than 40 points! The race for 2nd, 3rd, and 4th places, however, are wide open with five players all within 20 points of each other. Bryan Kilmer has a bit of a lead, but with the size of the MA2 fields this year those points could easily be made up across the two remaining events. Beau Schofield has been throwing hot rounds in the past few events, does he have time to secure the 2nd place spot?
MeSean Anderson has a healthy lead in FA1, which is even more impressive because she has played intermediate in a few events this year as well! We’d have to see a lot of action at Squam to topple her first-place position, but 2nd place is up for grabs with Rachel Craveiro registered for Storrs Pond next month. Carly might want to snag a spot a Squam if she wants to hold on to her ranking!
Men’s advanced has a VERY tight race for the top 3 spots! Matt Stolarz has a small lead, but Dylan Adjutant and John Bilsky have been consistently placing well in the past few events and could easily steal the lead. Can Michael Santos regain the steam he had in the early season? Time will tell, but Squam will be a critical event for deciding this division as none of these players are registered for Storrs (though Stolarz is #1 on the waitlist!).
In the Advanced Masters divisions, MA50 is all but locked up by Paul Lusky, more than doubling the points accumulated by his nearest competitor! MA40 has tight competition with all 3 players within 3 points of each other. Jason Barry will need to register for Squam, otherwise he is all but guaranteed to lose his first-place position. Steven Nichols is only one point behind and could take the lead with a win over Shane Piroso at Squam. However, Storrs Pond has a huge MA40 field of 10 players, so there are a lot of points up for grabs. With Nichols having recently given up his spot in that event, Piroso has an excellent opportunity to put up some good number and come from behind to take the lead!
The Pro Masters divisions will both require lots of action at Squam in order to shake up the current standings. None of the leaders in either field are signed up for Storrs except for Blaine, who is currently sitting in first place for MP50.
Men’s Pro Open, the big leagues, has had some great competition this year. President Ian Craveiro and Billy Crane are ahead of the pack and vying for first place. Crane is in the lead, but Craveiro has a spot in the Classic where he can earn some extra points. There is a large pack of players all vying for 3rd place around 20 points behind the leaders. Charlie Veysey has a slight lead, but Cody, Ben, and Edwin are hot on his heals and a win in either of the upcoming events could push someone into that 3rd place spot. This will be a very exciting division to watch as we come into the final stretch of the season!
If you missed the boat on signing up for Storrs Pond, Squamanagonic is you last chance to put up some last-minute points and improve your spot in the standings! Rob Feeney is putting together an excellent C-Tier event and you’re not going to want to miss it – sign up today!
Hello to all, lets get this going. I am very excited for the start of the Live Free And Drive Tour's 3rd season and the start of my new blog "Ian's Tour Blog". (better blog name thoughts would be appreciated) This Blog will contain my veiws of the points race, Top players and what to expect from course to course.
Before we get started I would like to touch base on my impeccable grammer and ability to spell words in multiple formations. I will put you in aww with my wizardry of the english language. Do as you must, but I warn you it will be a full time job to correct my awsomeness. With that said lets continue.
WINTER IS OVER!!!! No more having to wear 18 layers just to get some throws in, handwarmers are part of door buster sales right now and trees are pushing out leaves. I know I'm not alone when i say i have had enough of this winter! So be it! Its time for LFDT's first event!
Our first stop is Bellamy Disc Golf Course for the LFDT Opener. The Bellamy Disc Golf Club just had a huge turn out for Earth Day, give or take 40 or so people showed up to clean the course up, remove some hazard trees and do some much need projects around the course. A huge thanks to Dan Maloney and Chooch Maroon for organizing a team and building up around the tee boxxes of holes 13 and 15. Bellamy is ready to make or break your round, you know how she is. This year for added fun there will be some added Mandos and OBs, even an island green.
Just as unknown as how Bellamy will treat us at the Opener is how unknow the Top players of our first event will be. Will it be the guys we see on top all the time or some new faces ready to take their turn? Make sure to check in with me here at "Ian's Tour Blog" to find out the storys behind the scorecards and who to keep an eye on going in to the following stop at Moose Mountain on May 13th.