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In this Episode we mourn the loss of Gronk to retirement. Top 5 New England Patriots during the Championship era? New NFL rules look interesting but what will it do to your Sunday? Derek complains about the DGPT and Steve Dodge. AND some Baseball predictions for the season.
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It's been far too long since we've published a show here. We had some technical problems, I came down with a plague and lets just say I didn't accomplish much the past couple weeks. We are back though with a New Episode of the Understable Sports guys.
This week we talk NFL, we pine for spring and some real baseball. We are digging deep into the world of the NBA and player safety. Oh and the best part is our chat with Jillian Woods, local women disc golfer.
NEXT WEEK WILL BE HUGE!! Holly Finley is going to join us on the show with some local Women of discgolf. Should be a great time.
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Its been a few weeks since our last show. We've been snowed out twice, and one week Gally was in Boston for the Patriots parade. But we are BACK!!
This weeks show features an interview with one of the local women in Disc Golf Patti C. For the next few weeks we will have an interview with all of the local DiscGolf (Patti, Nicki, Casey, and Jillian) women, and then on March 19th the gang will all be in the studio to talk Disc Golf, and whatever else comes to mind. It's a full Month of coverage for Women in DiscGolf! Spread the word.
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Its early bird special time again. That time of year when there is snow and ice covering Otter Brook and we want you to buy a tee shirt!
Truth is it is so much more than that. This is the time of year you help make Otter Brook be better than it was last year. Every year we have done projects to make OB better than it was before. 5 years back it was easy, we were planting baskets and putting in tee boxes. Now the upgrades are a bit more subtle. A bench on this hole, marked circles, cleaning up after wind storms. Point is there is something to do on the course every year and what we do is not free. And that is where you come in.
By becoming a member and supporting Keene Disc Golf Club you are supporting OB and you are supporting disc golf in the area. It may seem crazy now, but we want another course in the area. We want Otter Brook to have a sibling.
Is this going to happen next year? Probably not. But it is on the radar.
So what is going to happen at OB this year? Well we have our biggest slate of tournaments thus far. And given that we want OB looking its best. We are hoping to build a kiosk at the new parking lot. We want to add a puncheon or two. We want to re-level tees and have 18 playable B Tees and maybe wood chips on the greens and better signage and ....well the list goes on. And it all start with our Early Bird membership drive!
And to quote our esteemed TD "Double D" ... DO IT!!!!
Become a member today!
So you may be asking what is all the fuss this season with PDGA flex starts and pdga league? Well besides just adding a different level of competition to what we do locally, it also allows locals to more easily earn amateur points to hopefully get an invite to the Amateur Worlds in 2020 being held in Orlando Florida.
New England Amateurs is biggest AM event in New England, AM Worlds is the biggest in the world. This year it is 7 days, 8 courses and I believe 6 rounds of disc golf.
And the deal is you have to commit and plan ahead. To actually play in AM Worlds you need to be both PDGA member AND certified official. Otter Brook will reimburse any member that wants to become a PDGA official. Then you need to play enough events and accrue enough AM points to get an invite in early 2020. In 2018 I only accrued 224 AM points which would not get me an invite for anything.
Here is point breakdown for 2019 and I assume it will be same or similar for 2020
Last years AM World results.
So anyways, by having local PDGA events at Otter Brook you have more opportunity to earn points without traveling as much. And Flex starts are hopefully going to be a much easier way to get involved in a C-Tier event. Just sign up and play anytime of the day that is convenient for you. The only caveat is that you need to have a card of 3 when you go out or a card of 2 and a PDGA official. Probably major difference is that there is no player packs and all money minus costs goes back to players in form of cash for pros and funny money for AMs. Breaking Chains will be handling the payout side of things for us. We have 2 events scheduled already (1 before Mr Sippys and 1 before Summer of Dubz) and are planning to schedule 2 more later in the summer in Aug and Sept.
PDGA League does not earn as many AM points per event, but you can knock out 6 events in 6 weeks. I have been asked how this will affect our normal Sunday league and the answer is not much. There is no change in times or cost. playing for points and a player rating is completely optional. Sign in in the morning will be a little different and we will have to use paper scorecards. Other "change" if you want to call it that , is honestly going to be a change in curtesy on the course. We tend to play a little looser, a little more ready golf like. And there is nothing wrong with that. For PDGA we are just going to be a little more aware when people are throwing, using minis, and being aware of foot faults in and out of the circle.
But the cool thing is we will come out of this with some very solid course information. Like hole averages, what is our median score and dorky stuff like that. It would also set the table for having a handicap league or tourney of some sort which may be interesting.
Bottom line is that these changes may sound big, but in reality are just an extension of what we have been doing and where we are going as a club. It adds options for those looking to qualify for AM Worlds and have more player rating opportunities and changes very little for those who like the status quo.
If you have any questions, feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Jan 22nd Show:
The Understable sports guys talk Team Challenge, an update on Jomez productions and the DGPT media coverage. We review the newest baseball HOF'ers elected, and of course Patriots are in the SuperBowl again!!!
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Jan !5th - Sorry a little late in posting this. Here's our interview with Ian Anderson from Central Coast Disc Golf on the YouTube (as you kids call it). Derek Complains about the Celtics, and we make our NFL Playoff Picks.
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Local Keene Disc Golf club members Derek DeCoste and Galloway Johnson (a.k.a Gally) have started a radio show. It's on Tuesday nights from 9-10pm ET. You can hear it locally on 91.5 WOOL.FM from Bellows Falls Vermont. You can also listen online
We talk mostly Disc Golf for the first 30 minutes of the show. We discuss local Disc Golf happenings as well as topics from the larger Disc Golf community. We throw in some music and will invite people to call in if you are listening live. (number on the wool.fm website). The rest of the hour we give our opinions on sports topics with a general leaning toward the New England Sports Teams.
We will also throw in some special interviews with people from the local Disc Golf community, and really any sports related activities that people would want to chat about. Send us email to Uderstableg@gmail.com
with suggestions or if you know someone interesting in the sports world that might want to chat with us.
We are also @understableg on Twitter and understableg on instagram
Below is an archive of our show as well as two interviews Derek has done so far. More to come...
Interview With Rob Breckenridge and his Ultra Marathon he did this past Summer.
Interview with Tournament Director Derek Dussault
Thats right, the group above! No really...that motley looking crew is kind of a big deal!
And I couldn't be prouder to be one of them.
Yes we are a little rough around the edges.
Occasionally swear, maybe have a few beverages, vape like chimneys, and can be heard from 4 holes away.
But you know what else Brookies do? Crush disc golf!! I mean really crush it.
Otter Brook IS a big deal because this group of ruffians put in countless rounds and countless hours of their time making Otter Brook what it is.
So, you ask, what was the big deal last year? Well...
70+ paid members
Countless other players that enjoy the course (more than 1200 people came through the gate and said they were playing disc golf in 2017)
8 tournaments with over 350 players from all over New England.
A great Sunday league
An Improving TC group
A super fun Wednesday night doubles league (Im sure weather will be better this year)
Donated 600$ to local non-profit
Ended year with 1000$ more than what we started with
Course is looking and playing better than it ever has
Helped support NH biggest tournament, by being a hole sponsor
We have the fastest emergency tree removal response team around
And Food, yeah we do that too
There are a million other things folks do for the course on a daily basis. picking up trash, cleaning off fairways, helping TD's out, just being good stewards of the property we are fortunate to have.
And to keep doing all this stuff we need you!
Yes we have a core group that gets shit done. But the people in that group weren't always in that group. They wanted to see something happen at the course and they stepped up! I wasn't even part of the original 9 holes being cut or planted. I wasn't part of "core group" and was so shy about my playing ability I would not do league. But I did help out a little bit and met some guys. I did play league and found out it wasn't as scary as I thought. Then I TD'd my first event and that was scary! But people stepped up and helped and it got easier.
So if you are new, we dont bite. Jump in with what you can do and be part of this. As I say EVERY year, Otter Brook does not happen magically. Tourneys dont just happen, 10m circles dont just pop from the ground, downed trees dont just disappear. Its ALWAYS someone stepping up and making the course better. And at the end the day, you have done your part, for sure your putting will improve...(its a scientific fact) and you will have probably made a friend or two.
And that is a big deal!
Just a sub 900 player with time on his hands…a passion for the sport, and something to say.