By Pete Charron
We’re only days away from the 6th Annual Crane Hill Open! 6 years! It blows my mind sometimes thinking of the amount of time that has elapsed since we started Pure Flight. The Crane Hill Open has always been a fun event to run and each Open has raised significant money for the course which has allowed Crane Hill to grow each year. That reward is secondary to hosting some of the best peeps in disc golf for a weekend at our home course. This year signifies something a little more special though as Team Crane can take extra pride in the showcase of their course, being the home of the 2016-17 Team Challenge Champions.
Here’s the stories we’re most interested in this weekend. Craig Cutler has played the Crane Hill Open twice and each time he’s walked away the champion. He attended the first event in 2012 and the fifth annual last year. He will be making another appearance again and if he wins, we might know what our custom stamp disc is for next year (a bust of Cuts). Craig is the only 2 time winner of the event in Open and if the registration stays as it is, he may still be the only multiple year winner as past champions, Jay Bayer, Jason Dore and Kyle Moriarty are not currently registered.
Will this be the year for Berube to eclipse Cuts and the field and take home the win? He narrowly missed this title last year, posting 1017 and 1040 rated rounds to fall one stroke short. His Latitude sponsored brother, Sam Henderson, has grown into a top New England pro and should be in the thick of it for the title. Of course the polarizing Mcbeth killer, Bobby C, has a great chance to earn his first Crane Hill Open title. It may just be extra sweet for Bobby to win and exact some revenge on Crane Hill after this past year of Team Challenge.
My favorite to win though is of course the local boys. I’ll be looking for any number of Team Crane guys to be at the top of the leaderboard. It would be something special for one of these guys to be crowned the Open Champ. Look out for Howie and Cam at the top although it wouldn’t surprise me in the least if Pure Flight’s own Jeff Fleury or Tous, Phaneuf, Nate, Micah, Pennington, any of these guys and more gave a run at the title.
On the women’s side we have two 2x chammpions in Erica Johnson and Wendy Boutin. Both are registered and ready to stake their claim as the first 3x champion. Can Carli or Cheneille prevent either of these two top New England pros or will we indeed crown a 3x ladies’ champ?
I’m as excited as ever to play host to this event. I will see you out on the course