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!