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Live coverage starts today 

Wednesday, March 3, 2010  by John Borelli

If you signed up for the live broadcast of the Discraft Memorial in AZ, don't forget it starts today at 3 PM EST for the next three days. They are also trying out a new live results feature that anyone can view here and here.


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Buff Ice Bowl raises over $5200 for Haiti charity! 

Tuesday, March 2, 2010  by John Borelli

TD DaveFrom TD David Stidham:

One hundred and ten disc golfers filled up the Buffumville Lake Disc Golf Course in Charlton, Massachusetts on Saturday, February 27 to compete in the 10th annual Buffumville Lake Ice Bowl Doubles. Fifty-five teams played in Pro, Advanced, Advanced Women and Mixed divisions. The mild temperatures, little snow cover, and amazingly puny winds (for Buffumville), together with intermittent sunshine and snow squalls made for the best weather ever for a Buffumville ice bowl.

The big news, however, was the money raised for this year's charity - relief for the victims of the January 12 earthquake in Haiti. The total money raised to date is $5,216. All of this money has been sent to organizations working on the ground to help the earthquake victims. If you want to know more about the projects in Haiti that were supported by the ice bowl, go to the Coastal Haiti Mission web site, and go down the blog on the right to "Organizations and people supported by CHM during earthquake period." Also, Post #1 on the Buffumville Ice Bowl discussion thread lists all the people and organizations who donated this money. To you all, a big thanks!

All ten of the Buffumville Lake ice bowls have benefited Haiti, except one that one was for the tsunami victims in the Indian Ocean in 2004. I usually specify the donations go towards feeding poor Haitian children since the original concept of the ice bowl charities was and continues to be to help out food pantries and other food-for-the-poor programs. Last year was a little different since all the Buffumville donations went to build the Maneska school in the mountains in north Haiti. And, of course, this year all our donations have gone in direct support of the earthquake victims.

Thanks to all the people who helped get Buffumville in great shape for the ice bowl, and for the people who helped me run the tournament. Oh, I can't forget my wife, Esther, for preparing the Haitian lunch, and for my kids (Lina, Youli & Ti David) for helping facilitate the lunch.

Congratulations to the winner of the 2010 Buffumville Lake Ice Bowl Doubles:

> Joe Yaskis and Aaron Ala - Pro. They shot a 47 & 46 for a 93 total after 36 holes, and tied the course doubles record for the Big 18 (1,2, & 12 thru 27).

> Andrew and Jeff Streeter - Advanced. They shot a 48 & 48 for a 96 total.

> Kylie Hoke and Heather Eng - Advanced Women. The ladies shot a 55 & 49 for a 104 total from the short tees.

> Donnie Phillips and Pete Nevius - Mixed. Their scores were 55 & 48 for a 103 total, also from the short tees.

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FDR Ice Bowl postponed! 

Friday, February 26, 2010  by John Borelli

From TD, Bill Newman:

FDR park is closed. No power, no access, unplowed, no staff made it to work, the trees are loaded and dangerous. Yorktown is in a snow emergency. Brian the park manager has pulled the plug on the event.

Please spread the word to anybody who you think was planning to make it.

The tentative plan is to combine the FDR ICE Bowl with the Fools Fest which is scheduled for April 3rd. We can do the charity drive in conjunction with Fools Fest.

We are disappointed yes, but safety is consideration number one and we do not have permission to use the park

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Over 25 New Englanders invited to AM Worlds 

Thursday, February 25, 2010  by John Borelli

Congratulations to all the New England amateur golfers who were invited to the 2010 PDGA Amateur World Championships. Congrats also to our NEFA members from NY and NJ. Nice job! See you in Ohio at the end of June.

Pros should be announced March 1.

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HCC Winter Winds draws record numbers 

Wednesday, February 24, 2010  by John Borelli

From TD Jay Ducharme:

The third annual Winter Winds at Holyoke Community College on February 20 brought the largest attendance so far at an HCC event. Fifty-four players, many new to the course, showed up on an unseasonably warm but windy day for two rounds of doubles play. There were two Pro Open teams and one Pro Women's team. The rest of the players were AM1, AM2, Rec, and Novice.

The teams had their work cut out for them. In the November 2009 Autumn Winds tourney, a course record was set at 16 under par in the Pro Open division, and 11 under in the AM1 division. But unpredictable and blustery wind proved a challenging adversary this time around. And with no snow on the hardened ground, discs often rolled away from their intended target.

In the end, Pros Tim Jiardini and Jeff Wiechowski returned to the clubhouse with a 103, besting the team of Bill MacWilliams and Brent Sanderson by a single stroke. At 5 under par in the Advanced Open division, Leo Lacwasan and Simon McAlister took the crown from Titan Bariloni and Derek Brazauskas.

Chris Barden and Drew Garder won the Intermediate division at three under. Isaias Mercado and Nick Vassallo took the Recreational division with six over par. There was a three-way tie for runner-up in that division that forced a two-hole playoff, won by Laura Castanon and Erik Siersdale from Westfield State College. In the Novice division, two more WSC students won by default, being the only entrants. All totaled, Westfield State College took home six medals. That college seems to be a breeding ground for future disc golf players!

Everyone had a good time, and the tournament raised $376 for HCC's Bartley Fund for the Athletic Programs (disc golf included).

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