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Double the Membership, Double the Fun 

Thursday, January 02, 2014  by mcmanus

 

It's that time of year again when NEFA offers up a 2 for 1 membership deal.  For details on this deal, click HERE  

NEFA is a 501(C)3 Non profit organization dedicated to the support, promotion and sponsorship of disc related sports throughout New England, New York and New Jersey.  

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Merry Discmas & Hyzer New Year to All! 

Tuesday, December 17, 2013  by mcmanus

As disc golfers, we all know what we'd like to get for Christmas....more discs, more apparel and most importantly, more time to play   This should be blatantly obvious to our significant others, so sometimes, we can be at a loss for words when we don't get any of the above for Christmas....from anyone.  This sound familiar?
  
"Hey Honey, I got you a Soda Stream For Christmas this year, because I know how much you love disc golf!!!...hope you like it!!!"

Well, my fellow discgolf brethren, its time to grab the unruly reindeer by the antlers and demand disc golf goodies this year.  In addition to clue-ing in the clueless, you'll also be helping to support some of our local disc golf businesses in the region, most of whom are offering up some pretty nice holiday discounts.

 

So lets take this opportunity to send a clear message to our non- disc- appreciating  friends and loved ones this Christmas...."get me something disc related and I won't get you a chia pet in return...deal?"

Here's wishing all of NEFAland and beyond the very best for the Hyzerdays,...I mean Holidaze.  Please support local businesses when doing your shopping this year...there really is some pretty cool stuff out there, it's just not all in one giant box store

-Peace!








  

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2013 Inaugural New England Disc Golf Championship 

Wednesday, September 25, 2013  by mcmanus

 
The 2013 New England Disc Golf Championship will be held on Saturday, October 5th at Hylands DGC and Maple Hill DGC respectively.  Hylands will host the AM side and Maple Hill will host the pro divisions.  Check in will be between 8 and 9 a.m. with players meetings beginning at 9 a.m. at each course.  Pros will play the Maple Hill blue course in the morning and the gold course in the afternoon.  At Hylands, MA1's will play Long tees both rounds, MA2, MM1 and MG1 will play Short tees in the morning and Long tees in the afternoon and MA3, FA1 and FA2 will play Short tees both rounds.  

Cash payouts to the Pro divisions and players packs/ funny money for the AMs.  Community Discs will be on hand at Hylands for the AM payouts.

We are looking for additional sponsorships and CTP donations!  For information on being a sponsor or donating CTPs, please click HERE .  We are also looking for volunteers to assist with both tournaments.  Volunteers interested in helping out at Hylands can send a PM to Trent Solomon or Michael Zorovich.  Volunteers interested in helping out at Maple Hill can PM Dave Jackson or Greg Wintrob.

We are looking forward to hosting the first New England Disc Golf Championship!! the Crowning Disc Golf Tournament 
for disc golfers in New England, New York and New Jersey.  Good luck to all the players!!









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Summer Time & The Livin's Easy 

Friday, August 09, 2013  by mcmanus

It's Summer 2013 and the NEFAland tournament season is in full throttle.  From NY/NJ to Northern Maine, there are NEFA points tournaments nearly every weekend, so check out the tournament thread in the NEFA DISCussion forum for details on upcoming events.  Speaking of events, we are just around the corner from The Vibram Open the crowning National Tour Event of the year at Maple Hill DGC in Leicester, MA


Come check out the Vibram Open festivities running from August 21rst to the 25th.  Watch the country's top pros and NEFAland's best compete against each other on the challenging Maple Hill Golds layout

Summer time also means road tripping, along with beaches, BBQs and beer of course.  My most recent road trip was to Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park at the end of July.  Given my inability to take a vacation without a disc golf stopover, my girlfriend and I planned a route to Bar Harbor via Monmouth and Sabattus.  Our first stop was to the Beaver Brook Campground in Monmouth for a 1 night camping stayover on Lake Androscoggin.  The campground is set in a beautiful location complete with a nice brook running through the center and plenty of sites right on the water.  

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 More importantly, Beaver Brook is home to the oldest disc golf course in New England.  A Steady Ed Headrick design, the course is short by standards; however, it contains that classic twisting, turning, rather nonsensical but highly technical Headrick
layout, very similar to Hunt's Mean 18 at Rindge, NH...another Ed Headrick course. 


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Our next stop took us to the Town of Sabattus, Maine.  Travelling down Bowdoinham Rd through Sabattus, you see the typical Maine landscape on either side of the road...endless stretches of forest, interrupted by the occasional farm or meadow. Then, like a shining beacon, we see this giant disc golf basket water fountain welcoming us to Sabattus DGC  Do you remember that feeling you had as a kid when you were getting ready to board a new roller coaster or some other thrill ride at the amusement park?...that's the same feeling I got pulling into the parking lot at Sabattus...nose pressed against the car window like a dog that just spotted a fat, juicy cat outside....I couldn't wait to check things out!  

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Impeccably groomed, signed and situated, Sabattus contains 3 completely separate courses that branch off the main parking lot in every direction.  Centered by a really nice and modern pro shop that has everything disc golf related under the sun, the 3 courses (Eagle, Hawk and  Owl) cater to all different ability levels with the Eagle being the most challenging and the Owl a short pitch/putt, family friendly 9 hole layout.  

As expected, Sabattus did not disappoint.  We played the Hawk Course first, a nice mix of short, medium and long holes combining open fields with woods and some areas of bordering creek beds.  Granite sign posts, wood chips and stone dust throughout, the Hawk was a visual treat.  My girlfriend managed to get her first birdie on a 177' par 3!  The staff was very helpful and friendly.

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Both Sabattus and Beaver Brook were well worth the trip and combining the two makes for a really nice disc golf road trip.  We played a few holes on the Owl Course before heading back on the road to Bar Harbor and Acadia.  

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Hole 1 Acadia DGC: 15,000 ft par 100 from Cadillac Mtn to Bar Island  (a guy can dream can't he?)


If you have any disc related stories you'd like to share, hit me up at staraviar@yahoo.com and I'll post em on the blog.  Enjoy the rest of the Summer and see you out on the course!

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Remembering A True NEFA Legend: David Stidham 

Saturday, March 30, 2013  by mcmanus

 

"May those of us that knew him never forget him and do what is needed in our community to keep his memory alive"

"Dave was a great friend to disc golfers and a great promoter of the sport in this area"

"RIP Dave. You helped myself and so many others get into the sport and did so much good for the disc community, and of course the people of Haiti. You will be greatly missed."

"intangible energy, positivity, and awesomeness"

"Dave was just a great person, a quality human being all the way."

"Dave did things his way which more often than not was what I considered to be the right way"

"We are a lucky group of people to have known Dave Stidham."

"one of the absolute best Lead-By-Example people in our disc golf world"

"Dave was a class act, a quiet, kind leader who showed that actions speak much louder than words"

 "he made you feel remembered when you approached the TD table. RIP."

"Always calm, always caring, always doing for others here and so much for Haiti over the years. RIP Dave"

 "he had a big heart and disc golf was a way for him to give back......and that's what it's all about.........Rest in Peace Dave"

These are but a handful of the sentiments expressed by the NEFA brotherhood over the passing of a true ambassador to the sport of disc golf and the world beyond it.  David Stidham represented what we all aspire to be....kind, caring, selfless, charitable...in other words, all of the qualities that make one at peace with themselves and the world around them.

A retired Park Manager for the Army Corps of Engineers at Buffumville Lake in Charlton, MA, David was instrumental in establishing disc golf on federal Army Corps lands here in Massachusetts.  Starting with a single object course at Buffumville, Dave's influence and tireless dedication to the sport, along with many other dedicated and selfless volunteers, resulted in the ultimate establishment of five disc golf courses on Army Corps dam sites (Buffumville, Hodges Village, Barre Falls, Tully Lake and  West Thompson in CT)

In addition to family, friends and disc golf, one of David's major passions in life was raising awareness and funding for the Coastal Haiti Mission, a foster care program for homeless children in a section of northern Haiti.  David dedicated a great deal of time and effort for this mission and the Ice Bowls he ran dedicated a portion of the registration fees to support this charitable endeavor.  David's charity work is just one more reminder why we stand in awe and admiration of his accomplishments and the way he lived his life.  Moreover, it is a reminder of how much he meant to so many and how dearly he will be missed.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to David's family and friends.  Rest in Peace David, you are a beautiful soul, a true NEFA legend and you will never, ever be forgotten.

If anyone is interested in donating funds and/or materials, labor, etc  to a memorial stairway at Buffumville in David's honor, please follow the NEFA discussion forum thread here


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