After a fun weekend of disc golf in IL, Ashley and I flew out Sunday night for Portland, OR. We’re here to play in the Beaver State Fling and also to visit good friends. Our yearly trip to Portland is always a favorite.
Prior to nearly missing our flight, I played in two tournaments- The Sinnissippi Open and then Leo B’s Hundred Dolla Holla on Sunday. On Saturday, I played one of my best rounds of the year during the first round. I played a bogey free round that included 15 twos over 24 holes! This was not a duece or die layout either. My 2nd round was not so hot. I was able to hang on and win the tournament by one stroke. On Sunday, I grinded it out at Trinity Links in Lockport, IL at the Leo B Holler. Too many bogey strokes during R1 killed me. I played a solid 2nd round and was able to finish in a tie for 3rd and a healthy payday for a little unsanctioned event. Congrats to Fierke for slaying it 2nd round and taking down the W.
We’ve been hanging at our good friend, Steve’s place for the past few days. Got a chance to check out Blue Lake, which will be a course played in the World Championships in 2014. Tough course with tons of OB. Other than that, we’ve been out to Milo McIver prepping for the BSF this weekend. The weather is looking to take a turn for hot, which is nothing new for us. We’re prepared and looking forward to the event.
On Monday, we’re going to head to the Oregon Coast for the day/night and get in some beach time. I could live out here, but it is just too far away from family. Thanks for reading and I’ll try and update again sometime soon.
Last year, upon leaving the Kansas City Wide Open (KCWO), I had an awful taste in my mouth. I was amidst an awful stretch of disc golf. My game was way off. It was my first year attending the KCWO and I was blown away by the greatness of the event. It was awesomely organized and I enjoyed myself very much, when off the course that is.
Flash forward to the present. I’m back at the KCWO and looking to redeem myself for my lackluster performance the prior year. A positive mindset combined with solid putting and only a few bogies helped lead me to my best National Tour finish of my career. With a solid final round, I snuck into the top 10, finishing in a tie for 9th. I was rewarded with a solid payday and an invite to the United States Disc Golf Championship.
On top of the positive mindset, good putting and minimal bogies I have to give some credit to the Vibram Lace. Shot after shot, the Lace performed for me. I had some really great 400+ foot drives that flew perfectly straight. If I needed a distance shot to finish to the right, the Lace was up to the challenge. Countless upshots with my Ridge put me in contention for birdies. As always, the Ridge performed well, especially when the winds were up.
This was also the first tournament (and first time ever) that I wore a Big Hyzer Ergo bag. The Ergo is a newly released bag that I have to give some credit to. Playing on the long and hilly KC courses in crazy heat and humidity is not easy. You need all the energy you can get. The Ergo was honestly a joy to have on my back. It distributes the weight very nicely and comfortably. I’m glad that I didn’t have to lug my old bag around those hills all weekend. As of 6-15, they are available for sale at the above link.
Big thanks to everyone in KC for putting on another great show. I plan on being back next year and hopefully I’ll be able to recruit some more players to come down and see what its all about.
It was originally going to be a quick Spring series, but due to courses flooding twice, we stretched it out a little bit. The Finale was held in Streator, IL at the beautiful Marilla Park on June 8. 80 players came out and enjoyed the challenging Marilla course. Congrats to the Series Winners- Open: Alan Wagner, Advanced: Kyle Chapman, Intermediate: Matt Skrogstad, Rec: Brennan Krenz, Novice: Jeremiah Bly, Int. Women: Judy Reiter, Adv. Sr. GM: Mark Harston.
Big thanks to all of our sponsors and even bigger thanks to the players. I’ll be doing a ‘Thank You’ post series raffle. You get your name entered for each event played, but if you played all three you get your name in five times. I’ve got some great prizes, like a Big Hyzer 8 Frame Bag as well as ILL Series Discs and more. I leave to play in the Kansas City Wide Open National Tour on Wed, so the raffle may have to wait until I return.
Until next time,
Pine Hills will be out at the Finale this Saturday taking lunch orders during registration/check in. A few different wraps will be available as well as pizza. Cost will be around $5 (2 slices of ‘za or a wrap and chips). Ottawa Sparkling Beverage will be on hand selling old school bottles of soda as well.
With the onslaught of rain we’ve had lately, Marilla Park has some standing water. No, it is not nearly as bad as this past April when we had to cancel the event. We will have to tweak a few things to make it work though.
-Play hole 3 Tee to 4 Basket
-After playing to hole 4′s Basket, walk up the road to the upper portion of the park to play 3 temp holes.
-Upon finishing the 3 temp holes, play hole 5 w/standing water on right OUT OF BOUNDS. I will have this water flagged out. All other water on course will be played as casual water (minus the creek).
-For hole 6, we will use hole 4′s teepad
-Hole 15 (the awesome par 5 aka signature hole) will be shortened to a par 4 due to standing water near the basket.
Please remember that hole 12 has a mandatory, which is marked by an arrow. On hole 15 it is mandatory that you play to the left of 14′s basket.
There is quite a bit of poison ivy at the course, so plan accordingly.