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DG716 Reporter 3: Navigating the Chill of Winter, Anticipating the Bloom of Spring in Disc Golf

Can you believe we've already breezed through the first month of 2024? As we inch closer to warmer days, the anticipation for daily disc golf sessions is palpable. January proved to be a bustling month in the disc golf community, marked by the spirited kickoff of the Alex Pichette Memorial Winter Wizards tournament at the scenic Pinewoods Park Disc Golf Club. The excitement didn't stop there – a fresh indoor putting league made its debut, adding a new layer of thrill to the mix, while dedicated enthusiasts persisted in conquering the chilly winter days. Join us as we recap the highlights and vibrant energy that set the tone for an exciting disc golf season ahead.

Tournament Recap's

Alex Pichette Memorial Winter Wizards

The kick-off of the disc golf season unfolded at Pinewoods Park, where players faced the unforgiving embrace of chilly winds and biting cold. Nature itself posed an additional challenge throughout the entire tournament, providing a formidable backdrop for the competitors. Tournament Director Eric Fetterman recapped the event in his Jan 13th Facebook post

Upcoming Tournament

The WNYDGC's annual kickoff tournament, WNY Winterfest, is making a triumphant return in 2024 after a hiatus due to inclement weather and the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. This exciting announcement was shared on the WNYDGC Facebook group this morning, unveiling the eagerly awaited event scheduled to take place at Ellicott Creek Park on February 18th. Get ready for a thrilling comeback of Winterfest!

Western New York eagerly anticipates hosting the local edition of the esteemed national Ice Bowl tournament on February 24th at the Blue Dog Disc Golf Shop & Course & Rental Service. The Ice Bowl, a cherished winter disc golf event, not only seeks to raise awareness for the sport but also endeavors to generate funds for local and regional charities, with a specific focus on addressing food insecurity issues. In 2024, Blue Dog DGC takes pride in aligning with OGN Operation Good Neighbor, contributing to the greater cause while fostering the spirit of community through the shared love for disc golf. Save the date for a day of competition, camaraderie, and giving back to those in need.

DiscGolf716 Tournament Page & Google Calendar

As we approach the much-anticipated arrival of warmer weather, daily announcements of leagues and tournaments are flooding in. At DG716, we're burning the midnight oil to swiftly post these exciting events on our site. To make it even more convenient for our community, we've recently updated our Google calendar. Now, you have two seamless ways to stay informed about upcoming disc golf happenings.

If you're hosting a tournament or league in the 716 area or nearby, and you believe it's a must-play for avid players, don't hesitate to drop us an email at or tag us @discgolf716 on social media. We're eager to spread the word and ensure everyone has the chance to be part of the disc golf action!

Putting Leagues

If you're eager to shake off the rust and fine-tune your skills before the commencement of the 2024 season, there's still ample time to join one of the incredible putting leagues taking place in Western New York. These leagues provide the perfect opportunity to hone your putting game, connect with fellow disc golf enthusiasts, and gear up for an exciting season ahead. Don't miss out on the chance to elevate your play – dive into the action and get ready for a fantastic disc golf experience in the vibrant disc golf community of Western New York!

Disc Golf Lessons

As we gear up for the upcoming season, Jeremy Hoeltke has exciting news—he'll be conducting training sessions at Spartan Discs (60 Main St, Tonawanda, NY 14150) throughout the month of February, as announced on his Facebook page. This presents a fantastic opportunity to hone your skills even during the chilly and wet weather. Don't miss out on the chance to elevate your game!

January Highlights

Alex Pichette Memorial Winter Wizards

Open - Open/Advanced Int - Intermediate/Rec Wom - Womens

1st: Eric Fetterman 1st: Jay Phelps T1st: Jessica Derzak

2nd: Kennan Drufing 2nd: Patrick Starr T1st: Catherine

3rd: Trevor Goodyear 3rd: Zack Thomas 3rd: Pam Duhm

WNY Women's Putting League 

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

Week 5: Nicki Kramer (H) Kaeleigh Cooper (S)

Week 6: Leah Lang (H)(S)

Week 7: Cassie Aszkler (H)(S)

Spartan Putting League 

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

Week 14 (Jan 5th & 6th): Mike Buxton (A) Jon Janiak (B) Dan Syracuse (C) Dana Brocklehurst (LA) Ali Henderson (LB) Sam Spin (K)

Week 15 (Jan 12th & 13th): Sam Castiglione (A) Michael Magnus (B) Chris Thomas (C) Mia Lopez (LA) Danielle Jarrell (LB) Sam Spin (K)

Week 16 (Jan 19th & 20th): Mike Buxton (A) Dennie Jarrell (B) Eric Reist (C) Erika Apple (LA) Lex Mucci (LB) Hailey Spin (K)

Wednesday Night Putting League

(S) Singles (D) Doubles

Week 13 (Dec 27th): Frank Knab (S) Trevor Goodyear & Dana Brocklehurst (D)

Week 14 (Jan 3rd): Nate Mirizo (S) Nate Mirizo & Sam Castiglione (D)

Week 15 (Jan 10th): Tommy Sklarz (S) Alex Wilkinson & Joe Torregrossa (D)

Week 16 (Jan 24th): Joe Torregrossa(S) Allison Rickard & Bobby Delong (D)

January Aces

No aces reported in January! If you score one this season, be sure to share the excitement by filling out our Disc Golf Ace Reporter form. 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!

Help Wanted

If you're passionate about shaping the narrative of Disc Golf in Western New York, whether through crafting engaging stories, generating content, supporting events or tournaments scheduled for 2024, or enhancing the website, we invite you to reach out to us! Connect via Facebook messenger or drop us an email at to explore how you can contribute and be a part of our exciting journey. Your involvement can help elevate the vibrant Disc Golf community right here in Western New York!


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