2016 Maritime Wrap Up

As the snow settles in and the start of really crappy disc golf season takes flight lets do a quick review of the year that was.

The year in a nutshell:

2016 was by far our most successful season so far.  We hosted our first ever B tier (ECDGC) and another successful PDGA tour run (5 more events over 6 months).  We crowned a new Am champion (Meanie with a one point margin of victory!) and gave away another Recruit basket.  We even came up with a fun little spring series of Cali-singles and a whole slew of other one off goodies.  We also welcomed 3 new courses to our region, Chester, Bridgewater, and Bible Hill.

Some moments that mattered:

The highlight of the year was certainly hosting the Eastern Canadian Disc Golf Championships.  You can read more about it here, http://mdga.ca/wrapping-up-the-best-weekend-ever-at-least-for-the-mdga/ but it is safe to say a good time was held by all.  We have known for a while that we are sitting on a gold mine with the Houck designed Hillcrest course at our finger tips but now an entire audience was treated to this treasure.  We had our biggest player base and best audience for a show that was worthy of the attention.  This event will be held on a biannual basis so check back in in 2018 to learn more about it.  Although the Open side of our season was won by a landslide every other division and event was filled with drama.  We had first time winners in almost a dozen events and an ever expanding player base to boot, no matter which way you slice it things are looking up.  We even tried out a new format; Cali-singles.  Am and Pro players played against each other.  Am’s got one free shot per hole, Open players got one every 9 holes.  In 5 different events we had 3 different winners and a big appetite to host another round this spring.  At many of the events we held skills competitions to add to the goodie give aways.  We even held an event at Harvest Jazz and Blues in Fredericton with a street putting competition during peak time of the festival.  This will be an annual one day event that is more than worth the travel considering Freddy-beach is swimming with good vibes and great tunes for the whole of the weekend.  The cherry on top to finish the season was the bushmaster cup.  One of our very first clubs ever formed, the ‘bushwacker disc golf club’ put on a player friendly event to finish off our season that was the most fun a player could ask for.  Sponsorships were earned for next year and great times were had by all.

Next up:

2017 is set to be even better.  We will have more events, more courses, and more goodies than ever before.  Look for our full calendar to be released at the end of Jan following our AGM in Sackville NB, Jan 21.  Until then ribbon up those discs and don’t let the cold weather stop you from ringing’ them chains.

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