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Page 12--JOURNAL OPINION--August 23, 2017 d i i [ the rear BRADFORD--The 50th year of River Chevrolet DIRTcar Sports- i racing celebration sponsored by man Coupes make it through the Sabil & Sons Inc brought cars of event without a caution--going yester year and today from far and green to checkers. It was thought it wide for the fans to see on Aug. 19. would never happen but this night it by Lance Mills Thingsweremuchcalmer forthe did, and the man who capitalized BRADFORD~Ifyou happened to president and general manager of DIRTcar Sabil & Sons Sportsman was Earl "Squirrel" Maxham. He seesoccerballskickedaroundatthe theBGC.Hewasanavidgolferwho Modifiedsthisnightwithmishapsat mightnothaveledallthelapsbuthe Bradford Golf Club on Saturday, won numerous club championships a minimum, meaning if you were led the most important one---the therewasnoreasontorubyoureyes, at the little jewel of a course he coming from the back to set a final which earned him an extra $800 to take home on top of his feature win earnings. Thomas What you saw was FootGolf, a cherished. Charliewasastandout stall Barton challenge for the win you had to be Placey ended up the short man on phenomenon that's been sweeping soccer player at Oxbow, Northfield on your toes and ready. Richie the country and has now swept into Mount Herman, and the University Simmons was just that coming from Bradford. Spearheaded by lifelong of Vermont. Charlie was also the second to last row, he methodi- stick crossing the line in second Bradford resident and soccer enthu- honored with a spot on the Army cally worked his way to the front, with Brian Chaffee coming inthird. siast Charlie Barton, the BGC College Soccer Fund team that picking up Adam Pierson along the Tanner SiemonsandMattEllsworth recently installed a nine hole pittedthe best high schoolplayers in way. Pierson was unable to get past rounded out the top five. American FootGolfLeague accred-the east againstthe besthigh school ~!~!!!! Simmons who went on to score his The Laquerre s Sports USAC ited course that runs parallel to the players in the west. His three first win of the season. Pierson DMA Midgets were off and will existing golf course. This new daughters are all standoutplayers in crossed the line in second with return on Aug. 26 for their next course opened for business on their ownright. Terry Williams grabbing third, regular scheduledevent. Saturday. It's the first AFGL A game that combines these two StephenLarywithhisbestfinishof accredited course in the Upper sports would seem to be in the Valley and one of just five AFGL BartonDNAandtheBartonclanwas accredited courses in Vermont. among the first to try out the course FootGolf is a sport that's thispastweekend. growing across the country and There will be a grand opening of across the world. There are approxi- the FootGolfcourse next spring and mately 500 accredited courses in the hope is to develop enough America and thousands more in the interest for a league and a touma- 38 countries currently sanctioned ment next year. First conceived and by the Federation for International opened in 1927, the Bradford Golf FootGolf. Club has seen many changes in its 17. It was the third straight podium The scoring is basically the same long history, and this may be the finish for the veteran driver as he as traditional golf with players biggest oneyet, continued his resurgence after a kicking a soccer ball off the tee box Interestingly enough, at around tough first half of the year. Cody and counting the number of kicks it the time the BGC opened, a game Blake earned his third straight takes to complete the round. Greens are cut to fairway length and the hole similar to FootGolf was being podium finish aswell by edging out developed in Chicago by Dr. SouthBurlingtonsTrampasDemers is 21 inches in diameter. Barton said William Code. In 1929, he designed for second.. the Bradford Golf Club lends itself a game called Codeball that was a Rookie JamonPerryofHardwick to FootGolfquite well. precursor to FootGolf. It was scoredhis secondwin of the year in In an interview, he said, "The sanctioned by AAU that same year the 40-lap Lenny's Shoe & Apparel FootGolfcourse runs parallel to the but it died out in the 1930s. It's Flying Tiger feature. Perry held off golf course with the holes well off doubtful FootGolf will meet the fellow rookie Jason Pelkey ofBarre to the side of the regular greens. The same fate. through a serious of four cautions, two games don't interfere with each In its current configuration, includingthefinaloneonlap28. other and can be played at the same FootGolfwas designed in Europe in Wolcott's Jamie Davis captured time." Barton further notedthat regular the 80s and is surging in popularity his first win of the season in the golf etiquette is used in regard to across the globe. Over 20 countries Allen Lumber Street Stocks. Corn-" groups teeing offand order ofplay, haanVcetPetni~n:duth~rFIFG~abecme ing off a blown engine ill the ~t~sBear~~dgespeedw~y~s5~t"anniver~~rythisyearandpart~ftheevening~nAug.~9in~u~ed~n~n~tr~k Right now, the FootGolf course is . . . previous event, uavls got to me celebration which featured all current and many past drivers at the Speedway. open Monday, Wednesday and regional to urnamems au across inside ofpolesitterTom Campbell COURTESY PHOTO BY ALAN WARD ~merlca ano numerous websites on lap 18 of the 25-lap event Friday at 4 p.m. and Saturday and devoted to the ~rowin- s"ort r-o,,.,~,ou ,i,o., 1..~ ~,,,,,,,,1 in ~ lllllllllll the season crossed the line in fourth Car count was up in the C A Sunday at 5 p.m. Many golfers have described the four, sweeniw, un noiiat leader ]IUII~D'FAIk|'T wlthMikeRyantakingfiffh. MxllerLunltedLateModels, mak- FootGolfcametoBradfordviaa BGCasasportylittlecoursethat'sa Co,~,~rra,~,,~h~A,~,t~vIichaelG~v II1rurl/ptll/ It has taken 16 weeks plus ing the win a bit more challenging. California connection. Barton's -~v ............. ~ Wa lan ........ lot of fun to play. FootGolfhasthe intheprocess Davis held offrookie Ikl~91"l~li madness night to see the Wells y d Chflds benefitted from bern mthen tlmeto etb andto brother, Jim, is a filmmaker living in potential to take the sporty and fun StephenMartinofCraftsburyCom.i I U/Ik r" 'g" "gh " . .g .y the front as he took the wm over San Francisco. A 1978 Oxbow aspects ofBGC to new levels. With men on the fourth and final restar~ l-- ~ ~. graduate, Jim sent Charlie an article this ne~ c0gr~, ~;he Bradford Golf for the victory I~ ~ I~ 1y Ryan Christian. Dougie Boucher about the rise 6f 'Fd0tGdlf in Course has placed itself on the The final :[laursday night event ~ : ................................ claimed the third victory lane spot. Oalifornia and that planted the seed B an Cam bell and Traws Smith cutting e'dge 0i~' FootGolf in Ver- the season at Thunder Roadis Au~. ry p " " in Charlie's mind. completed the top five. mont. 24 with Jet Service Envelope/ Jesse Durkee got another win in After researching FootGolf, Charlie Barton worked with BGC President and General Manager Randy Odell and BGC board member Dan Smith to design a course that would work alongside the existing golf course. What they came up with is a challenging nine hole course that compliments the existing course rather than inter- feres with it. For Charlie Barton, this is the best of both worlds. Golf and soccer both run deep in the Barton family history. His father, the late Dr. Jim Barton was a long-time golf enthusiast and past Email: sports@l'onews.com. BOWLING LEAGUE WOODSVILLE--The Senior Sunshine Bowling League will begin its new season on Sept. 11 at Victory Lanes in Woodsville. New members are sought for teams of four for candlepin bowling. Bowling is on Monday, alternating between 9:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Open for individuals age 50 or older. For more information, contact Irene Mann at (802) 439-5701. Bradford Veterinary Clinic 176 Waits River Rd. Bradford, VT Susan Tullar, DVM 802-222-4903 ~/ HELP YOUR PET , THERAPY LASER" LiteCure LLC DRUG FREE. The laser is used to treat a variety of injuries, wounds, fractures, neurological conditions, SURGERY FREE. numerous dermatological problems and pain. aN.. Whether your pet is rehabilitating from trauma or RELIEF FOR in ury, healing from wounds, or simply aging, the laser has been shown to prov de reherand speed YOUR PET. ~ healing. www.BradfordVet.com faeebook.com/bradfordvetclinic -- BRI-MAR TRAILERS M0W AVAIlaBLE AT Accura Printing Night. A full,card of action is scheduled with a 7 p.m. post time. PUBLIC HEARING LEBANON--A public hearing will be held Sept. 21 at City Council Chambers, 51 North Park Street, Lebanon, at 7 p.m. on the State of New Hampshire's Ten Year Transportation Improvement Plan. Due to the Labor Day holiday, the deadline for all ads and editorial copy for the Sept. 6 issue of the Journal Opinion will be Thursday, Aug. 31 at 5 p.m. Our office will be closed Sept. 4. Richie Simmons of Bradford won the Sportsman Modified feature race at Bear Ridge Speedway on Saturday night after starting in the second-to-last row. It was his first win of the season. COURTESY PHOTO BY ALAN WARD the Weglarz Property Service beat- ing out Jason Porter who crossed behind him in second, and Kelly Miller was third. Steve Bell and Buddy Welch were the lucky onesto complete the top five The WYKR Sprint Cars of New England were on hand once again to put on a show for the fans. When the checkers waived Jacob Williams was declared the winner with Tyler Austin crossing in second and Ryan Avery in third. Clay Dew and Kevin Chaffee rounded out the top five. Bear Ridge Speedway's 50th season of dirt car racing continues Aug. 26 with a full card of racing. Cadillac OPEN 24 HOURS A DAY AT MONTPELIER " 802-223-6337 Tune In Wednesdays for Journal Opinion Headlines AND Wednesday's Wordl and ' I Bradford CVNLL returns from regionals Club CRANSTON, RI--The Connecticut Valley North Little League 9/10 -- All-Star baseball team went 1-3 in BRADFORD--With only three weeks regional play at a tournament left in a 15-week league schedule, things featuring 11 state champions from are still too close to pick a winner. The 5 across the Northeast. p.m. league, withl6teams, is currently The CVNLL boys won the led by Matt Otterman and James Pike with 129 points closely followed by Vermont state tournament last Charlie Barton and Dan Smith with 124 monthandrepresented the state ina points. Still close enough to catch the tourney featuring the New England leaders are the teams ofChad Claflin and state champions and five teams from Jon Vielleux, Rodger Chicoine and Peter the Mid-Atlantic. Sylvetser, and Shawn Easmaan and Tyler Despite opening with a 6-2 win Hoisington. over Team New Hampshire on Aug. The 3 p.m. league has been led from 5, CVNLL would go 1-3 losing to the beginning by Wendell Hartley and hosts Rhode Island, Connecticut, Bob Powers with 103 points. In the and Massachusetts over the final second spot is Bob Kruse and Walter Mahnquist with 91 points. We'll see how three games. The Bay Staters would muchthings change in the next few weeks, go on to win the regional defeating Looking ahead, we are only three Team New Jersey in the final. weeks from our men's club championship Team CVNLL was composed of andSeniorClubChampionshiponSept, coaches Scott Blood, Homer 9 and 10. Kingsbury, Jamie Kingsbury and Willy Kingsbury; and players Bryce Williams, Vincent Petrone, Jacob Putnam, Landon Kingsbury, Cage Thompson, Boone Fahey, Brody Kingsbury, Will Eaton, Kris Fennimore, Ryan Walker, John Smith, Cowan Kimball, and Kason Blood. FOREST FESTIVAL WOODSTOCK, VT--The Vermont Woodworking and Forest Festival will be held Sept. 23 and 24 at the Billings Farm and Museum and the Marsh-Billings- Rockefeller National Historical Park from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Admission is free for ages 3 and under and $14 for adults. TRAILERS - WELLS RIVER STORE l 0 Railroad Street, Wells River, VT 802:757-2000 www, dads4bytool.com