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Buff redesign has started. Workday this Sat. 

Thursday, May 13, 2010  by John Borelli

Here's an update about what's going on at Buff:

Buffumville disc golf course in Charlton, MA starts it's transition to a new course this Saturday, May 15. Many of the holes you are used to are going away, including the back 9. A more challenging layout that incorporates the left side of the damn for a total of 18 challenging holes is planned. The mini nine is still be available.

* Help in the redesign at the workday this Saturday, May 15 at 9 AM.

The plan is to move baskets 22-27 and possibly move old pads to their new places. Help is needed with stick removal, weed whacking, and general cleanup. If you have a weed whacker, please bring it.

Please show up whenever you can and call Joe Yaskis (508 397 9475) to find out where the work party is.

If you play Buff, you really owe it to the course to show up and help.


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A wet Tully wrap up 

Wednesday, May 12, 2010  by John Borelli

Submitted by Paul Sullivan:

The Tully Dam tournaments have been getting better every year and this year was no exception. Once again, TD Dave Stidham ran a top-notch event for all who attended. Right from the start of pre-reg, it was obvious that more than 72 golfers wanted to attend the event. By adding two additional holes, Stidham was able to open the tourney to 100 golfers and in the end, 97 played (there were three no-shows).

While Dave and his assistant were straightening out the signups and subsequent waitlist, there were lots of other volunteers doing their part to get things ready. Jeff, James, Jake, and Bill did much more than expected helping to get the course ready. They dedicated numerous hours to course cleanup, doing everything from clearing down trees, installing a new kiosk at hole one and most importantly did whatever they could to assist the members of the Tully Dam Disc Golf Club.

A couple days prior to the event there was some nasty weather that dropped a couple large trees and many fallen branches. Titan and Jimmy K spent a number of long days clearing fallen debris while the rangers pitched in when necessary. Another local golfer spent three days with a backpack leaf blower cleaning all the tee boxes, fairways and putting circles and believe me when I tell you they looked sweet.

>> More photos << (Thanks Jeff W)

Right from the start lunch was an issue because park rules forbid anyone from selling food onsite unless they have a local vendors license. Local legend Jimmy K came forward and said that he would provide food for everyone. Out of his own pocket he purchased the food, drinks and paper goods and with his helpers assistance put on quite a lunch spread. There was fresh sliced cold cuts, kielbasa, kapusta and other assorted goodies to help us fuel the furnaces for the afternoon round. Jimmy put out a donation jar and was required to donate it to the charity of his choice. I believe with the monies collected, he was able to donate just under $400 to a local animal shelter.

Tully Disc Golf Club would like to say thank you to tournament sponsors:

* Gardner Ale House
* Dean’s Beans
* Trailhead Outdoor Equipment
* Flatrock Disc Golf Course
* VegWare
* Bonk’s Market
* And of course anyone that donated CTP prizes

Keep your eyes and ears open for other events this year at Tully Dam. We are all looking forward to a bigger and better event next year!


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US Senator Schumer tries disc golf! 

Sunday, May 9, 2010  by John Borelli

On April 6, US Senator Charles Schumer gave a press conference at Dan Doyle's business in NY. Since Dan never misses a chance to promote the sport, he arranged a great photo op with the Senator. Nice job, Dan!

See below for the full story.



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NY Senator Charles Schumer Turns Pro Disc Golfer!
All in good fun, and for great reasons!


Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) throws towards a DisCatcher while Vietnam Veteran Bill Broas watches. Senator Schumer was leaving a press conference at Brakewell Steel Fabricators in Chester, NY and stopped to talk with a few veterans about installing Disc Golf courses at VA hospitals in the Hudson Valley. Although a novice, Senator Schumer obviously displayed excellent putting form. (Courtesy Times Herald-Record)

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The full story from Dan:
U.S. Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) came to my business today to discuss how Chinese monetary manipulation has adversely impacted US manufacturers like my company.

Of course I used the opportunity to share my Disc Golf passions with him. I had some local disc golfing Vietnam veterans with PTSD come here at the same time and practice some putting with him. We collectively want to see how we can get more courses on VA campuses, starting with two here in the Hudson Valley of New York State.

I shared the success and the joy that Iraqi veterans have had with Disc Golf on the portable course I managed to arrange for a VA hospital in Coatesville, PA. Senator Schumer was very, very interested in assisting us.

I will be in contact with his staff tomorrow to see if we can start putting the wheels in motion to get courses at our local VA campuses. Then we can think about more across the U.S.


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Tully Tournament Times Two 

Thursday, May 6, 2010  by John Borelli

Tully Dam disc golf course in Royalston, MA hosts this year's MA double NEFA points event this Sat., May 8. TD Dave Stidham and a great group of dedicated locals look forward to showcasing Tully to NEFA Land as they welcome 100 golfers to one of the newer courses in the region.



Tully offers a beautiful 364-ft opening hole overlooking the dam that makes you worry just enough about the lake that runs the length of the hole. Deuces can be had, but with the basket close to the shoreline, you've got to drive confidently or suffer the consequences. Tully has a good mix of short, long, wooded, and open holes and has a handful of fun ace runs.

If you missed out on this tournament, be sure to get out there this year for a round or two. As of today, there is a short waitlist so there is a good chance you can slip in.

* Tournament info
* Course info


 

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Introducing the new photo album feature! 

Wednesday, May 5, 2010  by John Borelli

We've got a new section for NEFA photos! Go here and then bookmark it. Whenever new photo albums are added, I'll let everyone know on the blog. You can leave comments and "like" photos too.

So far we have photos from King of the Hill, EMC, and the APO, but I know there's got to be some from the other events from this year. Email me if you have some.

If you have photos from any local tournament, league, or disc golf related event, let me know and I'll add them. Just be sure they are from this year only please (unless you've got some really good ones from the old days of Jason Southwick wearing short shorts and a maybe a popped collar on his Izod or something.)

You can order any photo through Picasa (where the pix are kept), but if you'd like to help out a fellow disc golfer, contact the photographer and ask for the high-resolution image for a nominal fee. 

This will only be a success if I get photos from you! Send them to me now. Thanks, and enjoy!

 

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