EMC wrap up

5/4/2010 by John Borelli

Submitted by TD Bill Stewart:

The fifth (in 6 years) Eastern Massachusetts Championships started like all the others: How will we fill this without 2X status? Co-TDs Mark Arnold and Bill Stewart went the only route they knew: give so much stuff away, that they'll be crawling back for more in 2011.

Well, another nail-biter, but the weather cooperated to get the field to 70 golfers (out of 76 max). The bounty was plentiful with discs, minis and lunch provided for both pros and ams.

There was a great logo this year (thank you PBR!) and combining with the 14th Amesbury Pines Open on Sunday, shirts were given to players who ponied up for both tournaments. May Madness Weekend 3 had 48 dual-tourney players this year!

10 Down sponsored a Ring of Fire at lunch and Innova, Discraft and Vibram supplied a slew of great CTP prizes.

In Pro Open, there was a logjam at the 53-54 level (19 hole, 58 par) with 6 of the 12-player field after one round. Joe Yaskis put up the hot pro round of the day with a 50 in the second to take it with a 104 (-12). Matt Deangelis (107) and last year's champ Brian Harrington (110) rounded out the top 3.

In AM 1, Team NASA local Jason Powers had a the hot first round (50) that put him 5 strokes ahead of the field and coasted to a first place 106. Mark "Nice Job On the Tee Shirts" Valis was second with a 109, and Greg Aucoin took 3rd with a 111.

Bill Dunne played Pro for the first time (Masters) and now may not be going back having carded a red-hot 110, putting him three strokes ahead of runner-up Doug DeSalvo.

Ed Hovestadt put a whipping on the Am masters with a 116 (8 strokes better than runner-up Mike Saimond), and Seth McQuade took a very tight AM 2 division with a 121. Paul Sullivan took down the Old Pros (Grand Masters) with a 120, with his first pro tournament win.

Pro Open winner Joe Yaskis took home $200 and a free entry to the North Shore Classic for the low round of the day. Joe also had the low score of May Madness weekend (total EMC + APO score, a 203) which also netted him a free entry to the Bennett Disc Farm Championships and a second handsome trophy disc for the wall. Brian Harrington was 2nd for the May Madness overall score (205), and Steve Solbo was 3rd with a 210.

TDs H.A. and Stewie wish to thank all the players for a great time, and all of team NASA for help in pulling off another successful EMC. We have one request for 2011: "Sign up early and help us fill the tourney!"



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