Blog: November 2010

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Scehenctady Central Park gets some press 

Tuesday, November 30, 2010  by John Borelli

Thanks for the news, Jeff W.

Winds make for challenging day for Scehenctady Central Park's disc golfers

Sunday, November 28, 2010
By Jason Subik
Gazette Reporter

SCHENECTADY — Discs and snowflakes flew through the sky over Central Park Saturday as the park hosted its first-ever disc golf tournament.

The event, dubbed the Central Park Turkey Throwdown, was nationally sanctioned by the Professional Disc Golf Association. Several of the top place competitors received cash prizes of approximately $100. Scores for the event contributed to the pro players’ national ranking, although it probably didn’t help most of them.

Cold weather and strong winds make for challenging disc golf conditions. Throwing discs into stiff wind can increase a disc golfer’s “strokes” per hole.

“It does make the discs fly around quite a bit more, it’s definitely more difficult to throw through the wind. Windy days make the scores go up, it can add five strokes easy to 18 holes,” said Jeff Wiechowski, the tournament director for the Schenectady Central Park Disc Golf club.

Disc golf has similar rules to regular golf, or as disc golfer’s call it “ball golf”, except it’s played in all but dangerous weather conditions. Players attempt to toss discs — they aren’t called Frisbees for legal reasons — into baskets which serve as holes. The discs are analogous to different clubs in golf, they very in size, weight and have slight differences in shape that affect how they are thrown. The different discs also have fun names like Rock, Leopard, Wraith, Firebird and Roadrunner. Instead of a driver, a disc golfer might use his Valkyrie disc. For short throws, his putting game, he could use his Aviar.

Each hole in disc golf is measured in feet, instead of yards. The 15th hole at Central Park is 513 feet from tee box to basket, a par 4.

The course, which includes baskets cemented into the ground and tee boxes marked with signs detailing length and par, was constructed over the summer using $5,000 from Schenectady County and another $5,000 raised through private donations. Central Park’s course, together with Hyzer Creek Disc Golf Course in Saratoga Springs and Joralemon Park in Coeymans — known as J-Park among disc golfers — give the Capital Region three venues for the sport, which has a national and international following.

Justin Hoffman, a city native who now teaches history at Schenectady High School, helped organize the Schenectady Central Park Disc Golf club and get the city approvals to build the course at Central Park. He said he first encountered the sport visiting his brother in Texas six years ago. Hoffman helped design Central Park’s course. He said disc golf is a great sport for kids and he saw lots of them playing in the amateur divisions at Saturday’s tournament.

“It’s a lot better than them sitting inside playing Nintendo,” he said.

Wiechowski said there were about 60 participants in the tournament Saturday, which included pro, amateur and junior divisions. A planned women’s division was scratched for lack of participants.

Hoffman said they are planning to organize a summer tournament where they hope to have more than 70 participants. He said before the end of the year the Schenectady Central Park Disc Golf club will merge with DisCap, the Disc Golf organization for the Capital Region, to create a larger regional presence for the sport.

Wiechowski said the next DisCap event will be a charity “Ice Bowl” Feb. 12, the weekend after the Superbowl.

 

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Forums are down 

Monday, November 29, 2010  by John Borelli

The discussion board is down thanks to an unannounced behind-the-scenes change on our host's part. The NEFA Tech Patrol is trying to fix it.

Until then, enjoy this video.

 

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Turkey golf this week 

Wednesday, November 24, 2010  by John Borelli

Get your fill of golf this week by attending these Thanksgiving events:


Turkey Bowl 3 at Buffumville (Thanksgiving morning. Charlton, MA)

16th Greater Burnsboro Open (Sat. Nov 27. Vassalboro, ME)

Central Park Turkey Throwdown (Sat. Nov. 27, Schenectady, NY. PDGA C-tier)

Happy Thanksgiving!
 
 

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Coggshall gets some baskets and some press! 

Tuesday, November 23, 2010  by John Borelli

Coggshall Park in Fitchburg, MA now has 9 baskets and is playable while work continues on the remaining holes. Congratulations to Brian Anderson and his crew for planting another course in MA! 


> Read more about the course in the Sentinel and Enterprise





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New disc golf shop opens next to Devens course 

Monday, November 22, 2010  by John Borelli

Time for a brief bit of shameless self-promotion....


There's a new place to get your disc golf gear in MA. My new store, Killer B Disc Golf, opened it's doors last week in Ayer, MA, just two minutes from Devens disc golf course. In fact, hole 12 borders the shopping area that the store is in, so if you need a mid-round break, slip through the hole in the fence and stop by. 

I'd like to thank Steve Dodge at Maple Hill and Jason Southwick at Marshall Street for their advice and support the past few months while Marcy and I figured out how to make this happen. Rob Walker, his Dad Steve, and Jerel Davis have also been a tremendous help as my personal handymen, so thank you guys too. And huge props to my friend Josh Hughes from Philly for designing the coolest logo in disc golf! 

It's a big step and we look forward to doing our part to help grow this great sport!

And of course, you know if I'm involved there's got to be a blog, right? 







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