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Vermont Disc Golf Points Series closes at BCO

KILLINGTON - On Saturday, Sept. 28, Base Camp Outfitters in Killington, Vt. hosted the 2013 Green Mountain Point Series Finals and Vermont State Championship. This disc golf tournament rotates from qualifying courses year to year and BCO was a great choice for the Green Mountain Disc Golf Championship - one of the most important events of the year.
There were many winners on the day, as champions were crowned both for the tournament, and for the 12-event GMPS that spanned the entire season, starting with an opening event at Pinnacle in New Hampshire and traveling up north to Montgomerey before working it's way down through Jeffersonville, to Waterbury, Calis, Montpelier, and other stops along the way before finishing up back down South in Killington, Vt.
The point series champions were up in the air coming into the event with the Pro Open, AM1, and Pro Grandmasters hanging in the balance. The players sitting in second place had a strong chance to knock off the leaders on the final day.
The AM1 battle was between three potential winners; leader Kyle Junion, Aaron Bunker, and Jon Moorer, with David Whitaker sitting in fourth place looking to move up into second with a great finish. The AM1 battle was one of the best stories all year, with large fields, multiple different winners and consistent tightly grouped scoring. Though a few of these players will move up to Pro next year, the advanced field should grow again and provide great competition for 2014.
Mike Miller and Jeff Spring were also clinging to leads that were vulnerable in the PGM and MPO divisions, needing to keep Tood Sternback and Mike Habets respectively from winning on the day, which in each case could bump them out of first in the GMPS.
As the day wore on, the leaders, while none winning outright on the day, were all able to stave off their challengers and hold on for the Point Series Championships.

GMPS 2013 Champions:
Pro Open: Jeff Spring from Smugglers Notch, Vt.
Pro Masters: Josh Rappeport from Sugarbush, Vt.
Pro Grandmasters: Mike Miller from BCO in Killington, Vt.
Am1: Kyle Junion, Waterbury, Vt.
Am2: Tim Tadlock from BCO in Killington, Vt.
The State Championship tournament was also a great battle across several divisions, most notably Pro Open, where an exciting playoff developed between Sean Bleything and Jeff Spring. Spring gave up the 1st round lead after throwing a 48 while Sean stayed steady with two rounds of 51. While the crowd was getting into it, the two went back and forth with great putts to stay alive on back to back holes. However, on the 3rd hole it was revealed that there was a scoring error during the second round, and Sean Bleything in fact had won the event before the playoff even started!
Pat McGinn from BCO also made some noise, throwing down for the Am1 win,  including a nice 53 in the first round, a competitor who will be a force next season if he chooses to play more tourneys.
This was a great season for Vermont Disc Golf. Thanks to the PRES, Chris Young for running the state finals, and to Mike Miller and BCO for hosting! Go find a friend, come join us for disc golf next year.

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Pat McGinn, Vermont AM 1 State Champion stands with and Mike Miller overall Pro Grandmaster State Champion, both from Base Camp Outfitters.