Another memorable and fun filled New Year’s Day Party took place this past Friday.
The morning weather was chilly but favorable as hundreds of disc golfers, frisbee enthusiasts, along with their friends and family arrived at Sedgley Woods for undoubtedly the most popular event of the year.
With the buzz of Dave Manzo’s drone overhead capturing the essence of it all, everyone greeted and mingled with friends old and new, near and far. No time was wasted in getting the food out. Everyone enjoyed a huge buffet style pot luck feast. Anne, E Bush, Grizz and others really know how to take care of hungry guests and thank you to everyone who contributed to the food.
“Fire in the Hole” rang out from the libations tent regularly and Ule went right to work as he does every year with his famous Bloody Marys. Topher and Nan with help from others ran the registration tent. There were a total of 9 divisions. This was the 39th annual New Year’s Day extravaganza. Per tradition, the founder of Sedgley Woods, Jim Powers hosted the champagne toast and as he does every year. Cheers from the crowd roared as he exclaimed, “May all your shots go straight, may all your putts go in, Everyone have a happy new year!”
FSW Executive Director John “Stash” DiSciascio presented this year’s honorary lifetime membership award to Jerome “Rome “ Vernon. Over the years Rome has been very instrumental in the transformation of Sedgley Woods. He has been on the FSW Board of Directors for many years and if you’ve ever lost a disc at Sedgley and had it returned then chances are it was him who got it back to you. He spends countless hours behind the scenes cutting out trails painting tee pad markers and painting and building benches. He’s the Rock of Sedgley and is always available when he’s needed to attend a meeting with Parks staff and assist John Stash. Sedgley wouldn’t be the great course it is without him.
David Woods then took the horn and awarded our top 3 2015 Tag Champions. 2014 Tag Champ, Caleb Hoff finished in 3rd place with 461 Points, only 1 point behind Jason Coefer in 2nd place with 462 Points. But it was Aaron Fahey winning his 5th Gold Tag Challenge Championship to come out on top with an impressive, record breaking perfect score of 480 points by winning the #1 tag in all 12 months of 2015. Congratulations, Aaron. The top 40 points earners for 2015 were awarded special one of a kind mosaic trophies created by Woodsy and his helpers. He does this for us every year and it is truly a unique and appreciated tradition.
Everyone gathered around the basket of hole #18 for the annual group photo and then it was off to our holes. A record breaking 245 golfers spread out across most of the original course to take on a round of the short tees. Most groups averaged close to 20 people or more. Heard groups stopped to graze once they holed out of 9 and 18 as the huge selection food was replenished throughout the day. The round lasted about 4 hours.
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