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Fred Morrison, inventor of the Frisbee, dies 

Thursday, February 11, 2010  by John Borelli

From PDGA.com:

Walter Fredrick (Fred) Morrison, best known as the inventor of the Frisbee, passed away February 9, 2010 at the age of 90 at his home in Monroe, UT after a long period of declining health.

The idea for flying discs didn’t start out as the Frisbee(c). Like most boys and girls since the dawn of time, Fred experimented with flat, round objects he found laying about his small town neighborhood in Richfield, Utah. Flipping them to see how well they would fly, Fred developed a lifelong fascination with flight.

> See the full story and learn more about Fred

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Two Ice Bowls to choose from this weekend 

Tuesday, February 09, 2010  by John Borelli

Your chance to play in an Ice Bowl this year doubles this weekend as both West Thompson Lake and J-Park host their respective Ice Bowls.

> Complete event schedule and details

If you are looking for a great course built around a dam, then head to N. Grosvenordale, CT and play in Steve Dakai's first WT Ice Bowl Singles. If you live near Albany, NY, then head to Jeff Wiechowski's 4th Annual J-Park Ice Bowl in Coeymans, NY. Both events are guaranteed to make you feel good at the end of the day since a portion of all entry fees goes to supporting local food banks.

There's also the Ice Pairs tournament in Maine this weekend at Burnsboro disc golf course in Vassalboro, ME. NEFA has got your winter golf fix covered!


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Ice Bucket Open raises $3,665 for local charities 

Friday, February 05, 2010  by John Borelli

Anne Lewis wins! VT NEFA State rep, Anne Lewis, sent this recap:

We were pretty successful at our Ice Bowl that was TD-ed by Pete Hess. We had 37 players come out to begin playing in the -4 degree weather on January 30 in Waterbury Center. We raised $3665.

Raffling a Burton snowboard did create some funds - $965 - and then we had an anonymous sponsor do matching funds (50 cents to each dollar) to the monies raised online for the raffle. Of note, the online donations included those that could not attend the Ice Bucket, so we thought having a raffle would be a nice way to give them a chance to win something.

We got donations from local businesses for prizes for ALL players, so no one went home empty-handed. We started at the top of the winners list (first place overall, doubles, singles and then on to second place for each category) and let people choose their prizes. We provided a free hot lunch to every player using funds donated by Albin Family Foundation. We did a lot to encourage players to come out. It can be a challenge to get people out in VT during the winter so we did everything we could to make it fun for all.

We played singles from the short tees first round and hi/lo doubles second round. To level the playing field in doubles, we played 9 best disc holes and then 9 worst disc holes. Ace pot was a stack of donated "new to you discs" which no one managed to win.

Click for more photos from the Ice Bucket!
Top winners:
> Singles (Rd1) winner - Pete Hess with a 41
> Doubles (Rd2) winners - Anne Lewis/Al Rosa with a 41
> Overall (cummulative) winner - Anne Lewis with a total score of 86
> Raffle winner - Jed Hock


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Head to CT for the Cranbury Park Ice Bowl this Saturday 

Thursday, February 04, 2010  by John Borelli

Don't have anything to do this Saturday, Feb. 6? Then hop in your car and head over to Cranbury Park in Norwalk, CT for their Ice Bowl to benefit the Norwalk Emergency Shelter.

Here are the details:

Cranbury Disc Golf and Utopia Presents:
Ice Bowl 2010 to benefit the Norwalk Emergency Shelter

- Pro: $40
- AMs: $25

Bring along extra cash and canned food donations, as well as CTP prizes. Hole sponsorships available.

- Players Meeting: 8:30
- Tee off: 9:00

Bring something to share for the pot luck lunch.

Course conditions: No snow!

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Tips for winter golf 

Monday, February 01, 2010  by John Borelli

Winter golfFiguring out what to wear for a round of winter golf is always tricky. Successfully managing your body's temperature can have a definite effect on your performance. Any thoughts about how cold, wet, or uncomfortable you are will only eat into your concentration and distract you.

Consider these tips the next time you head out into the cold for a round or two. (Post a comment with your own tip!)

* Dress in layers, but overdress for all the pre-round stuff (registration, stretching, playing catch) so you warm up quickly.

* Wear a wicking performance shirt. Even though it's cold out, you're still going to sweat, especially if you are trudging through a foot of snow or more.

* Avoid cotton pants and sweatshirts. Ski pants, nylon jackets or vests, and fleece work great and shed snow. With ski pants, you can sit in the snow or lean against a tree without worrying about walking around with a wet butt the whole round.

* Invest in a pair of waterproof socks and a good pair of boots. Gaiters also work well to keep your feet dry. Warm feet equals happy golfing.

* Wear a glove or mitten on your non-throwing hand and keep a hand warmer in your throwing hand pocket. Try to pick up your disc and brush snow off it with your gloved hand. Keep your throwing hand dry and warm.

* Wear a knit or fleece hat rather than a baseball hat. Keeping your ears and neck warm helps a lot, especially if it is breezy.

* Pack extra socks, shirts, pants, and shoes. Change them for round two and for the ride home.

What else helps you play better in the winter?

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