Friday, December 19, 2008

Register online for the ICO!

You can now sign up for the ICO with a couple clicks of your mouse using the form on the right side of this window or on our main website! Credit card or PayPal payments accepted.

That pretty cool, eh? Ha, get it? Cool... ice cubes... man I'm funny.

Save $2 a golfer by signing up the old fashioned way with a check.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Ice Cube Open registration now open!

Get your registration in for our second annual Ice Cube Open Ice Bowl! This will be two rounds of straight-up singles play for all divisions. No mulligans this year. (Sorry Pete!)

We are keeping with the Ice Bowl philosophy and producing another fun, low stress tournament, so first-timers are definitely encouraged to enter.

Our goal is to raise $750 for the Devens Loaves and Fishes and ARC Community Services of Fitchburg. $10 of every entry is going directly to charity!
  • Saturday, January 24, 2009
  • Pros: $30 (Open, Masters)
  • AMs: $20 (Masters, AM1, AM2, Rec)
  • Bring your own lunch or something to share.
  • Complete details

Disc Grab Bag raffle
Also new this year is a Disc Grab Bag raffle. Enter for a chance to win a box full of new-to-you discs! The more people that enter, the more discs you may win! Tickets cost $5 plus a decent new or used disc or 5 cans of food. If you don't want to part with any of your own plastic, you can enter for $10. Not a bad deal if you win! Winners get the discs, charities get the cash.

Send your name, division, contact info, and check made out to Devens Disc Golf to:

Devens Disc Golf
c/o John Borelli
40 Cranberry St
Pepperell, MA 01463

Only received entries will be marked as registered. Thanks and see you at the ICO!

Monday, December 15, 2008

Devens survives ice storm; other local courses not so lucky

Mother Nature was kind to us this weekend as it bypassed our course for the most part. Although every town around Devens was or is currently still without power due to downed trees and mangled power lines, the Hill survived with just a few scratches.

After clearing a couple of trees from my driveway, we headed over to the Hill to see how she fared. Happily, there were only a few branches down on the fairways and the worst was on the path from 12 to 13.

Any trees that had snapped or toppled were out-of-play in the woods. Hole 5 now has a nice stream flowing through it, but that is typical after any major rainstorm.

Other courses like Amesbury and Pyramids weren't so lucky. According to some posts on the NEFA board, Pyramids suffered major damage to baskets and fairways.

So, for those of you that need to get your disc golf fix, feel free to come to Devens. Or better yet, stop by another course and help them clean up and earn some disc golf karma.

These manly men braved the cold on Saturday to play a round

Thankfully this was the worst "damage" we suffered. This sapling snapped and landed on the basket on hole 5.

Mother Nature nailed this putt on hole 15

Hole 5 now has a water hazard!

More "damage"

To the left of hole 11 near the Ace tee

Just off the path from 12 to 13

PS. I love electricity and am happy to have it back at my house. Another night sleeping in 39-degree cold just wasn't going to cut it!

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

World Trade Center flag flies over Fort Devens

How cool is this? Never forget, disc golfers.

Please take a minute today to remember all military personnel who have passed through Fort Devens over the years. God bless America.

World Trade Center flag flies over Fort Devens
By Gayle Simone
Staff Writer
Nashoba Publishing
Posted: 12/05/2008 08:35:00 AM EST

DEVENS -- As the sun went down, the American flag outside United States Army Garrison Fort Devens Headquarters was lowered in a brief ceremony with Department of Defense police and two Marines.

The flag was not one of everyday issuance and it was not removed because it was old and tattered.

The flag was actually one of the three Twin Towers flags flying on Sept. 11, 2001.

Though the flag is visibly damaged, with smoke stains throughout the colors and the bottom red stripe has been torn and repaired, it's considered a traveling memorial and has seen over 12,000 miles since it was first presented to veteran Bob Dunsmore of the Lakota Nation when he created an honor guard to travel to different pow-wows.

Law Enforcement Station Commander Lt. Kevin Cooney, police officer Rusty Simoneau and Marine Lance Cpl. Tyjuan Newsome presented arms as Marine Cpl. Brian Warren lowered the flag while "To the Colors" played over the Devens' sound system.

Newsome began folding the flag, bringing it closer to the waiting hands of Warren, as Department of Defense Police Sgt. Andrew Seropian held the glass box the flag travels in. Warren then presented the cased flag to Lorena Novak of the United Native American Cultural Center on Devens.

"On behalf of the Unites States government, it was an honor for us to fly this flag today," Cooney said. "We now return the flag to your possession."

Before flying at Fort Devens, the memorial flag was presented to Marine Sgt. Troy Schielein, who brought the flag to the Marines' Military Ball, where the flag was used as the center piece for photographs of the couples.

The flag flew on Fort Devens for the Marines' birthday on Nov. 10 and Veterans Day. The flag was given to fire Chief Thomas Garrity after being lowered from Fort Devens Headquarters, where it then flew over Rogers Field.

"We flew the flag for all of our fellow firefighter brothers who had fallen that day," Deputy Chief Joseph LeBlanc said. "We honored them, as well as any member of any department."

The flag had one more stop on Devens, the State Police barracks, before being shipped to Dunsmore who will continue presenting the flag at pow-wows in South Dakota and around the United States.

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Borelli Bombs Bonanza! Hill Yeah!

After almost a month on the disabled list, I made a very successful return to the Hill Saturday as I won our Bag Tag Bonanza and laid claim to the #1 tag for 2008.

I have to admit that I was a little nervous heading out for round 1 with the other top dogs of Devens Ken Gary, Pete Tolvanen, and Phil Vilmorin, but I started off pretty well and never looked back. I got a little too confident in round 2 and gave up a few strokes toward the middle of the round to Ken, Donnie Phillips, and Dave James, but in the end cruised to a 6-stroke win. Besides the #1 tag, I also took home a great custom-made Bobka trophy.

Since we had no aces during the Bonanza, Dave decided to split the ace pot collected from the Wednesday Weekly three ways: lowest score for the day, highest number of birdies, and a final group CTP on hole 1. I continued my hot streak and won all three of these too. (112, 9 birdies, 10 ft or so). Pretty funny.

We also had 8 CTPs that Marcy, Donnie, Dave J., and Ken donated ranging from a snazzy grilling set, a portable grill and cooler, Nalgene bottles, hat, discs, magazine, CD, cigars, and glasses. Pete T (2), Pete N, Luke, Ken, Arty, Jim, and Dave were among the winners.

After things wrapped up, about half of the guys headed out for some dubs and could be heard laughing and hitting trees while the rest of us enjoyed some extremely hot chili and a few adult beverages by the Weber grill.
Overall, it was a fun day full of good golf, good friends, good food, and lots of laughs. Thank you everyone for making our first tag league a success. Next year will be even better!

Most of the Baggers

  • 1 John Borelli 55, 57, 112
  • 2 Donnie Phillips 60, 58, 118
  • 3 Dave James 57, 62, 119
  • 4 Ken Gary 60, 60, 120
  • 5 Phil Vilmorin 61, 59, 120
  • 6t Chris Gagne 65, 58, 123
  • 6t Rob Walker 61, 62, 123
  • 6t Luke Adolph 64, 59, 123
  • 9 Pete Tolvanen 64, 63, 127
  • 10 Jim Bobka 68, 63, 131
  • 11 Pete Nevius 61, 72, 133
  • 12 Brian McNulty 70, 64, 134
  • 13 Dave Mallen 65, 74, 139
  • 14 Arty Graustein 63, DNF, DNF

Monday, December 08, 2008

When men wore short shorts

If you want to relive the good old days of pro ball, search for Bird or McHale on YouTube. Man, Bird was a great player.

Johnny Most goes crazy.

Sunday, December 07, 2008

Bag Tag Bonanza results

From 2008 Bag Tag Bonanza

We'll post a recap later. Until then, here are some photos!

Thursday, December 04, 2008

About half of all taggers are in. How about you?

Fifteen of the 30 or so bag tag holders have confirmed that they are in for this Saturday's Bonanza.

Let me know if you'll be joining us or not. Thanks.

See you at 9!

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Bonanza Bump

Don't forget about our Bag Tag Bonanza next Saturday. Please RSVP today!

I don't do windows, but Renewal by Andersen does

Thank you Renewal by Andersen for your birdie sponsorship!

They recently installed replacement windows in Nut's house. Get yourself some Andersen windows now.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Turkeys love the Hill

As you know, we are not just about disc golf here at Devens. From time to time, we like to teach you some things and help you become a slightly more attractive person. So here are some quick facts that you can sprinkle into your holiday dinner conversation tomorrow. No, no. There's no need to thank me.
  • The turkey is the state game bird of Massachusetts.
  • The corn muffin is the official muffin.
  • Johnny Appleseed is our official folk hero.
Now go out there and impress Auntie Rita and Uncle Jim with your vast knowledge of Massachusetts state symbols! And happy Thanksgiving from the Hill!

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Wednesday Weekly League Bag Tag Bonanza - Dec 6

To anyone holding a 2008 Devens bag tag:

As promised, a low-frills final two rounds of golf to determine who is King of the Hill. Spread the word. Bag taggers please respond here if you can make it or think of anyone I missed.

WW League
Bag Tag Bonanza*

  • Sat. Dec. 6
  • 9:00 mtg
  • 9:30 tee off
  • 2 rounds
  • Pot luck lunch
  • WW Ace Pot: If no aces, we'll split it some other way tbd.
  • Lots of CTP
In no particular order: (bold=attending, italic=not attending)

Please RSVP. (email)
  • John Borelli
  • Dave James
  • Brian McNulty
  • Donnie P
  • Jim Bobka
  • Pete Nevius
  • Artie G (definite maybe)
  • Tom G
  • Mike Connell
  • Pete Tolvanen
  • Tim Seiger
  • Luke Adolph
  • Rob Walker
  • Ed Hovestadt
  • Joy Hovestadt
  • Phil Vilmorin
  • Josh St. Denis
  • Brent Watson
  • Joe Atwood
  • Sean Franchi
  • Chris Gagne
  • Dan Brownell
  • Matt ?
  • Josh Hughes
  • Ken Gary
  • Bradley Arnall
  • Dave Mallen
  • Craig
  • Doug Orleans
  • Mike (Bobka's cousin)
* Bag Tag Bonanza is a registered trademark of PreSeason Speed.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Believe it or not

A clip on Ripley's Believe It or Not that shows PDGA founder Ed Headrick's remains being molded into discs.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Tee (posts) for 18

Sunday was a great day for Devens disc golf. Despite the chilly, windy conditions, ten volunteers showed up to help install new tee sign posts.

I can't say how excited that makes me. I love our growing group of Devens locals who care about their course!

We had three workgroups consisting of Dave, Jeremy, and Matt; Sam, John R, and Russ; and TM, Donnie, and Joe, while Brian worked on filling the tee box on hole 4. Since I'm on the DL with a strained back muscle, I roamed around the Hill supervising.

The work went fast and it looked like everyone was having a good time getting things done. Afterward, some of us played a very casual round. Russ pointed out a common bush on the Hill called wintergreen that when crushed, smells minty. You can also chew on it to help cure a headache. Cool!

Even though it was pretty windy, there were several groups out playing in the afternoon. Nice!

Russ listens to China while Sam and John R wait for a translation.

Dave jumps for joy.

Donnie asks, "Are you going to help me or just take pictures all day?

Nut, Russ, John R, and Sam did not pose for this photo on hole 14.

Future DPW workers Nut, Sam, John R, and Russ supervise TM on the last post to go in.

Ryan keeps TM and me on schedule as we put the finishing touches on hole 13.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Workday: Sunday - Installing tee sign posts

Please come out and help install the tee sign posts this Sunday morning at 9AM. We need post hole diggers, a couple of those metal rock smasher poles, and some general muscle to lug the posts into the woods.

It shouldn't take too long. The more the merrier. Let me know if you can make it.

Saturday, November 08, 2008

Kickin' it old school

It never fails. Fall rolls around and I can't help but get nostalgic for the old days. So it made my day when I heard that MTV has posted a ton of videos on their new website dedicated to -- get this -- music videos. Nice!

They have videos from the old days (they're calling them vintage!) as well as new ones. I guess that makes me a vintage golfer.

So pardon the slight tangent down Memory Lane. If you are a child of the 80s, check out the vintage videos. The rest of you young whippersnappers can go here.

Here are a few of my favorites.

New Order

De La Soul

Sir Mix-A-Lot: What's he saying here exactly?

And for Worst White Guy Dance Moves, I give you Rick Astley!

Now go find your own!

Friday, November 07, 2008

Get inside Fort Devens on Monday

Take a moment a day early on Monday, Nov. 10 and remember those who have served our country by attending the Veterans Day ceremony on Ft Devens. This is the first event since the fence went up where the outside community has been invited in.

  • When: Monday, Nov. 10 @ 10 AM
  • Where: Ft Devens parade field inside the fence behind Rapid Refill on Jackson St. (Look for signs)
  • What: The ceremony will last about 30 minutes and includes the firing of ceremonial canons.
  • Who: Adults with a State ID (drivers license). Kids can attend with an adult who has an ID.
  • Questions? Call Lieutenant Colonel Steven Nott: 978-796-3053 (w) or 978-391-4311 (h)

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Speed Round video

Yep, it's a little late, but here you go, your 2008 Speed Round winners.

Rob Walker (3rd), Pete Nevius (1st), and Ken Gary (2nd)

We had 9 golfers participate in the 4-hole event. Rules were simple -- play holes 13, 14, a temp hole from tee 15 to basket 9, and hole 10 as fast as you could using normal disc golf rules. Then sprint to the finish line at tee 11.

You could carry as many discs as you wanted and you had to mark your lie with one of them before throwing your next shot. Spotters and scorers were on each hole to help point out discs and to record each golfer's score for that hole.

Fifteen seconds were subtracted from your time for each stroke under par, while 15 seconds were added for each stroke over par. Golfers went off at each minute mark, so the potential for getting passed or bonked on the head was there.

I think Speed was the most fun of our three events that day and we all learned a little strategy and technique that will help next time.

And of course, thank you to the volunteer timers, "descriptive" scorekeepers, and spotters who helped run the round.

And now the videos.....

Speedy Pete tees off

Ken hits wood early

Rob is speechless

Pete finishes

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Politicians Love the Hill

Be a smart disc golfer and vote today. Then check out Presidential Material for the biographies of both candidates in comic book form. Cool!

Friday, October 31, 2008

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

New snazzy scorecard available

I just realized that I didn't let you know that the scorecard has been updated with hole distances and sponsor props. Get it here.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Devens has its first NEFA Champ!

Congratulations to Devens local boy, Pro Grandmaster Ken Gary, who pulled off an impressive win on Saturday to claim his spot in NEFA and Devens history! Ken won his division after a hard-fought battle that lasted both rounds. Great job, Ken!

Our hero Ken

Ken's trophy disc

The rest of us, well, we've had better days...

John and Arty with Keith B, Jeff C, and Shawn M before round 1

Ed and Joy H with Bill D.

Mike C, Pete T, and John wait for the players meeting

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Hillfolk head to NEFA Finals on Saturday

Ken G, Arty, Mike C, and I are headed down to Norwalk, CT Saturday for the end-of-season NEFA Points Finals at Cranbury Park. By playing in a certain number of NEFA Points tournaments this year, we each qualified for the event.

I've played in a few of these Finals before and it is a pretty good time. It's like the Super Bowl of New England disc golf. Well, maybe not that dramatic, but it is a gathering of the best golfers around with some serious money waiting to be won.

Mike goes in as the second-rated Pro Grandmaster, but as for Ken, Arty, and me, we snuck in because several players above us couldn't make it! No pressure for us. Just good times and hopefully a nice Cinderella run for one of us.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Free firewood from Devens Recycling Center

Update: Unfortunately, due to some "unfortunate incident", this has changed to people with commercial accounts only.

Course sponsor, Dave from Devens Recycling Center, has a pretty generous offer for you:
I have thousands of pallets available, all in great shape, mostly hardwood. Free for the taking, but some rules have to be followed to get them. You have to be weighed in and out so that I may keep track of how much material has left my facility. You can have a few or all of them.

Winter is right around the corner..... These pallets are like brand new, they came in for recycling into wood chips but during these times when people are looking for wood to burn, I thought it better to offer them to people to heat their homes first.

You can come M-F, 7 AM-5 PM or Saturdays 7 AM to 12 PM. I ask that you call
ahead and let me know you are coming. On Saturday, it is best to call my
cell phone.

David A. Stevens
Plant Manager
Devens Recycling Center

45 Independence Drive
Devens, MA 01434

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Ace Race Doubles recap

After a quick lunch of hot dogs, pasta salad, chili, and all sorts of other donated food (thanks everyone, especially Chef Bobka), we headed out for one round of doubles.

It was great to see a big turnout for AM2 and Rec, as well as AM1. As you know, I love seeing new players out on the Hill!

In Rec, the DuCott brothers ran away with a 7-stroke victory, thanks in large part to Bob's ace on hole 2 -- his first-ever ace! Good timing since he also won a wad of cash from the ace pot. Congrats!

Bob picks up the Ace Pot!

Pete Nevius and John Rodenhizer shot the lights out in AM2 with a 49 to claim first place by 3 strokes. The two defined what doubles is all about with Pete driving like a mad man and John draining putts left and right. They tied the course record for doubles set by Dave James and me last year.

AM1 saw a very competitive match between the duo of Ken Gary and Donnie Phillips and Dave and me. We started off pretty hot with a few birdies and jumped to an early lead but lost our mojo on the back nine. At that point, Donnie hit the gas and the two old dudes mounted their comeback. By hole 18, we were all tied up and needed a good drive, approach, and putt to finish out the round. Easy enough to say, but it's hole 18, the Round Killer, after all.

Donnie and Ken drove first and Ken's drive made the corner and disappeared down the Hill. A pretty sweet shot to say the least. Dave and I took a different approach and took out our putters, hoping to land in the landing zone at the crest of the hill. My drive went left and bonked a tree. Not good. Dave's drive was better but cut the corner a little too early and went right, into the woods, but at least it was over the crest.

Our second shot was doable, but we still had to navigate some trees to get back out on the fairway and down to the basket. Dave threw a good approach shot, but was short. I threw a beautiful anhyzer that went right over the basket --- and unfortunately kept going down, down, down the hill. Not good.

Ken and Donnie ended up just about basket level, but well to the right, deep in the woods -- definitely an easy 3. After Donnie threw a great shot under the basket, Dave and I knew it was do or die time. We HAD to make the putt.

Dave stepped up and his putt went wide. With the title on the line, I stepped up and nailed the stinking downhill 35 ft putt to force extra innings. It was awesome. Definitely the most-pressured filled putt of my life. I was a bit pumped. :)

So, after checking the other AM1 scores, we headed out again for a sudden death playoff (and hopefully a repeat of last year's playoff hole-in-one by Dave).

Unfortunately, history did not repeat itself. We had not-so-good drives but Ken and Donnie did. As Dave and I were getting ready to congratulate our friends, they both missed their sorta far but doable birdie putts. An early Christmas present!

We pushed the next 2 holes and ended losing on hole 4 thanks to another great drive by one of those guys. Overall, it was a great match and there's a new Doubles Champ on the Hill. Nice job Ken and Donnie!

AM1 Dubs Champs, Ken and Donnie

Ace Race recap

Let me start off by saying, damn, do we know how to pick 'em! For the second year in a row we were blessed with absolutely beautiful Fall weather - cool, crisp, sunny, and plenty of color. Yay Mother Nature!

The Ace Race kicked off at about 10 AM with 24 golfers, many of whom were first-timers. This year we threw both rounds at once which helped moved things along faster and also gave everyone a better chance at dialing it in and hitting metal. With almost 60% of the contestants either aceing or hitting metal, I'd say that was a good move!

My group did pretty well with 2 aces and 9 metals. After nailing a beautiful laser on hole 5, I hit chains on 6 and bounced out. It was pretty exciting, none-the-less. Tim Sieger flicked a lazy shot up 15 for his ace and the rest of our group had plenty of near misses.

Joe Atwood also hit hole 5 to tie for second place with Tim in the Ace and metal department. Since there was a Halloween Buzzz up for grabs for second place (donated by Donnie), Tim and Joe had a CTP throw-off on hole 1, which Joe won. Nice job, guys. Tim didn't go home empty-handed though. All winners got homemade cookies, courtesy of Assistant TD, Marcy B., and everyone got some of that delicious cake!

Ace Race results:
Name, Aces, Metals, prize
  • John Borelli 1 3: Bag, 10 discs, cookies
  • Joe Atwood 1 1: Halloween Buzz, cookies (won playoff)
  • Tim Seiger 1 1: Cookies
  • Dave James 0 3
  • Rob Walker 0 3
  • Paul Lyman 0 2
  • Steve Berthiaume 0 2
  • Todd Canuel 0 2
  • Jim Bobka 0 2
  • John Rodenhizer 0 1
  • T.M. Dyer 0 1
  • Steve Legare 0 1
  • Pete Nevius 0 1
  • Ken Gary 0 1

Everyone else: nothing!