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DG716 Reporter 4: Embarking on the Journey: 2 Months In and Our Momentum Builds

March 2024

As we step into the third month of the year, the disc golf community is abuzz with transformations, mirroring the dynamic shifts of the weather. From the exciting announcements of tournaments and leagues to notable course enhancements and innovations in accessing disc golf information, the past month has been a whirlwind of activity within the 716 region.



This season, one of the primary goals for DiscGolf716 was to expand its content creation efforts and venture into new platforms such as YouTube. Despite initial plans being pushed aside due to other priorities like website updates, this goal is now becoming a reality. Thanks to the assistance of Dalton Pitts, whose personal YouTube page has been rebranded into the new DiscGolf716 YouTube page, we are poised for exciting developments.

Moving forward, Dalton will play a key role in producing a diverse range of engaging disc golf content, filling a gap that I wouldn't have been able to address alone given my busy schedule. Already, Dalton has announced an exciting new Match Play Series,

In addition, we're excited to announce the upcoming Top Putter Challenge, where elite putters from various esteemed winter putting leagues will converge to determine the ultimate putting champion of Western New York. If you haven't already received an invitation, please check your Facebook messages to secure your spot in the competition.


Tournament Recap's

WNYDGC Winterfest (02-18-2024)

Despite Mother Nature's fierce return at Winterfest in Ellicott Creek Park, disc golfers persevered and relished in the kickoff event of the WNYDGC season. Tournament Director Jeremy Hoeltke shared his reflections on the event in a Facebook post following the tournament.


Upcoming Tournaments

Easter Ace Hunt (03-30-2024)

Get ready for another thrilling year as the Annual Easter Ace Hunt makes its return to Joseph Davis Park! This beloved event, a bring-your-own-partner doubles tournament, is a favorite among fans. Registration is already underway and spots are filling up fast, so don't miss out on your chance to participate and potentially claim your very own golden egg! Sign up now to secure your spot in this exciting event.

Sanctioned for Science 2024 - Buffalo (CEP Charity Event) (04-06-2024)

Exciting news! Como Lake Park is set to host the inaugural "Sanctioned for Science" event, a groundbreaking XC-Tier tournament proudly supported by the PDGA Competition Endowment Program. This tournament is not only a thrilling addition to the disc golf calendar but also a meaningful initiative in support of the Center for Inquiry.


Course Updates:

Pine Woods Park Disc Golf Course

Pine Woods Park, a venue that often finds itself in the spotlight for various reasons, is finally getting the respite it deserves. The North Tonawanda Parks and Recreation department has declared the commencement of the annual spring break at Pine Woods. Until June 1st, the city has taken the proactive measure of removing the baskets from the grounds. This temporary closure aims to provide the park with the necessary time to heal and rejuvenate from the wear and tear of the past season.

Joseph Davis State Park

Exciting news awaits disc golf enthusiasts as Joseph Davis State Park, the oldest course in Western New York, gears up for a season of rejuvenation. With the recent relocation of the Lewiston Ladies Championship to Wilson, it's evident that Joseph Davis will be receiving some well-deserved attention.

Following my recent correspondence with park officials, I'm thrilled to share that significant improvements are in the pipeline. While I'll be providing a comprehensive breakdown of the planned work in the coming weeks, it's important to note that progress is underway.

During this period of revitalization, visitors to Joseph Davis may observe construction activity. While efforts will be made to minimize disruption to gameplay, it's anticipated that the main parking lot will be impacted. For the safety of players, it is strongly recommended to utilize alternative parking near Holes 10, 11, & 12 during this period of construction at Joseph Davis State Park.

Patience is key during this transition period, as the planned enhancements promise to elevate the disc golfing experience at Joseph Davis State Park. Stay tuned for further updates as we anticipate an exciting transformation ahead!


Offseason Help:

If you're seeking guidance in fine-tuning your disc selection for the upcoming season, don't miss out on the opportunity to visit Spartan Discs on Sunday, March 10th. Coach Jeremy Hoeltke will be hosting a Bag Consultation Day at the shop, where you can receive personalized advice on optimizing your disc golf bag. Discover whether your bag has any overlap or missing components that need to be addressed. It's an invaluable opportunity to ensure you're fully equipped for success on the course.


February Highlights:

WNYDGC Winterfest:

Open - Tied for 1st Am's - 1st

Dan Materko & Kennan Druding Kyle Donlin & Tony May

Steve Hopkins & Andy Janese

WNY Women's Putting League

(H)-Handicap Score Winner (S)-Scratch Score Winner

Week 8: Janet Chrishaw (H)(S)

Week 9&10: Mia Lopez (H)(S)

Week 11: Sara Beitz (H) Cassie Aszkler (S)

Week 12: Nicki Kramer (H) Mia Lopez (S)

Week 13: Gilly Tytka (H)(S)

Spartan Putting League 

ABC (Men's Divisions) LA LB (Ladies Divisions) K (Kids Division)

Week 17 (Jan 26th & 27th): Sam Castiglione & Matt Zubek (A) Trey Woolford (B) Tyler Kramer (C) Mia Lopez (LA) Sue Gotler (LB) Hailey Spin (K)

Week 18 (Feb 2nd & 3rd): Brandon Kofod (A) Kyle Donlin (B) Will Corbett (C) Mia Lopez (LA) Cassie Aszkler (LB) Matthew Resetarits (K)

Week 19 (Feb 9th & 10th): Brandon Kofod(A) Eric Reist(B) Shawn Meacham(C) Dana Brocklehurst(LA) Ali Henderson & Nichole Tomasello(LB) Matthew Resetarits & Sam Spin(K)

Week 20 (Feb 16th & 17th): Mike Buxton(A) Chris Higgins & Jon Janiak (B) Benjamin Orsborn & Joseph Warner (C) Mia Lopez (LA) Rachael Winterhalter & Nichole Tomasello (LB) Matthew Resetarits (K)

Wednesday Night Putting League

(S) Singles (D) Doubles

Week 17 (Jan 31st): Joe Torregrossa (S) Chris Sherman & Chris Sherman(D)

Week 18 (Feb 7th): Todd Guard (S) Chris Sherman & Nate Mirizio(D)

Week 19 (Feb 14th): Chris Sherman (S) Chris Sherman & Bobby Delong(D)

Week 19 (Feb 21st): Dana Brocklehurst (S) Eric Reist & Todd Guard(D)

February Aces:

Pine Woods Disc Golf Course:

Hole 2: Hole 10: Hole 18:

Brian Kuder William Quinn Adam Sledzinski

Jimmy Rea

If you score an Ace this season, be sure to share the excitement by filling out our Disc Golf Ace Reporter form or tag DiscGolf716 in the post so we know. Whether it's your first ace or you've aced before, let us know. Help us build a living history of disc golf here in Western New York


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