I had a great weekend at the Rumble. The courses and tournament were both awesome. The weekend started out with a player check in at Bent River Brewing (brewpub). The food was good and I enjoyed one of their beers, “The Dry Hopped”. Instead of having a second, I moved on to water. I wanted my body to be ready to go in the morning.
The tournament started at Camden 2, which is an unbelievably awesome wooded course. Minutes before the round started I was hit with a disc (a putter) that someone threw without much warning. It didn’t hurt me physically, but it definitely shook me up mentally. So I started poorly, 3 putting and taking a double bogey on my first hole. It didn’t get any better after that until about 6 holes in when I finally scored my first birdie. I started to piece together a pretty solid round, scoring some tough birdies. Unfortunately, I bogeyed 2 of my last 4 holes and missed one of the shortest holes on the course to finish my round. I shot a 60, which I wasn’t too thrilled about. On the bright side, I stayed positive during the round and got to witness a hot round of 52 by Robbie Olsen!
The second round was at Middle Park over in IA and I was looking to go low this round. I started out with birdies on 6/7 first holes. Only one of the birdies was on a par 3, the rest were par 4s and one par 5. Unfortunately, I ran into some problems later in the round with scoring birdies. I threw out of bounds on an easy hole (18) and missed my par putt. I was only able to muster another birdie 2 before my round was over. I had a chance for a really special round, but ended up with a 53 instead and an average 1015′ish rated round.
The third and final round took place at West Lake, which is a 24 hole beast of a course in Davenport, IA. This course just beats you down over and over. I love it. I’m a big fan of highly difficult holes where many different shots and decisions are required. Other than a few bad breaks, I played a very solid round. I finished with birdies on my last two holes and ended up with a very respectable 78. I had started the round out in 15th place and somehow managed to move all the way up into 5th place.
I had it in the back of my mind to just hang in there until we get to West Lake and then get hot. I stuck with it and played my game and actually made a few putts. I can only recall one putt that I would have really liked back and if you can say that after a round of 24 holes, I’d say thats a pretty good thing.
I highly recommend playing in next years Rumble, or getting to one of the many tournaments that Iron Lion runs. If you can’t do that, take a trip over to the QC and experience some of their top notch courses, brick and mortar disc golf store (Iron Lion) and local beer at one of two Bent River Breweries. I’d also like to give a big thanks to Vibram Disc Golf for helping me out and providing me with some of the best discs on the market. Also thanks to Paragon, Plastic Addicts, Big Hyzer Bags and Whirld Sports. PS if someone finds a Whilrd Sports Scepter at West Lake, I lost mine!