Team Challenge Highlights

11/28/2011 by mcmanus

With the NEFA Points Series firmly in the rearview, the season for the Team Challenges is officially in full swing.  An idea started by Joe Yaskis several years ago that included a handful of teams from MA (Burgess, Borderland, Buffumville, Maple Hill, Pye Brook-(now NASA)) and one team from CT (Wickham Park) has grown into an annual event that includes many teams from all over the region, including ME and NY.  The Team Challenge has become so popular over the years that it was decided to have the teams split into A & B pools to accomodate a greater equilibrium of challenge matches based on varying skill levels.  Challenge schedules are determined prior to the season with each team either hosting matches or travelling to opponent courses as well as pre-determined neutral challenge locations.  The typical challenge format is two rounds of 18 holes, first round match play and second round doubles stroke play.   Typically, teams will have try-outs each year to determine rosters and if any given team has a full roster, chances are that a B team will be formulated from the same course to accomodate more players who wish to participate

Below are some Team Challenge highlights from the 2011 Season:

Team pHill (Pleasant Hill) vs Borderland II (B2 Bombers)

On October 29th, Team pHill hosted its first challenge against Borderland 2.  We talked some smack and exchanged slam poetry  (from the team challenge thread on the NEFA discussion forum )

The final score was 29-3 in favor of the brand new pHill team.  (pHill is short for Pleasant Hill).  We then went on to Panthorn, partied our asses off in Southington the night before and won 20-10 despite the fact that 80% of our team was hung over and operating on 2 hours or less of sleep... I would say we are the team to watch in the B pool.   

Submitted by

Jason Toothaker

pHill team captain

NASA vs Team Borderland:

On November 27th, Team NASA (North And South Shore Alliance) hosted Team Borderland at two courses on the North Shore:  Pye Brook and Amesbury Pines.  Team Borderland took down the singles match play at Pye Brook with a final score of 8-6; however, things took a decided turn in NASA's favor at Amesbury DGC where NASA dominated the doubles round 12-2, including a scorching round of 39 shot by Matt Thomas and Drew Smith...that's -15 for those keeping score at home!!  Additionally, Dan Ouellet and Chad Hall (NASA) shot a 42!  Team Borderland was not without its hot scores as well with two teams (Dennis Parslow /Sandy Redd & Josh Barden /Isaac Chaney) both shooting red hot rounds of 43!  NASA ended up winning  the overall challenge 18-10.  To say that Amesbury Pines got lit up like a Christmas tree farm on this day would be a dramatic understatement!  Truly an impressive outing by both teams. 

For more info on the NASA vs Team Borderland challenge as well as pictures, please check out Jaxon Sheehy's BLOG

** Please be sure to send me info and pictures of your Team Challenge match and I'll be happy to blog about it!!**


by Amanda on 12/5/2011 at 9:35:51 AM
Did you hear about Cranbury vs. Wickham?? What a battle! The food was good, too. :)

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