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My close friends and I took the trip from Michigan to Charlotte,NC for my bachelor party the first week in June. The weather on the drive down was less then ideal as it rained the entire 12 hours. Once we arrived we instantly wanted to play a course and played Sugaw Creek which was just a quick drive from our hotel.
The first course we tackled was Nevin, and while we were meeting up with our friends from Virginia around the practice basket we got to me the man himself, Stan McDaniel. He was in the process of pruning Nevin to really let it shine for worlds. He was such a great person to talk to, he even found us before he left the course to apologize for the course look so awful. That couldn’t be anything farther then the truth! Nevin was an absolute gem, just amazing fairways carved in the woods. Not only was Nevin looking top notch all of the other courses we played were clean, cut, and just begging people to sling Frisbee’s.
We played 10 courses in 5 days, and we hit the big ones down there, Nevin, Nest, and Renny along with going to Winthrop Gold in SC. All of those courses are easily Championship caliber and then some. My personal favorite was Renny, it’s just gorgeous! Long fairways carved in and out of the woods, great elevation, precarious basket placements, even a spotters tower. The people that are going to be at Worlds this year are going to be in for one heck of an experience. They are going to play some incredible golf on courses that are going to test the Pro’s more then any of the courses of past worlds. I have a feeling the SSA for this worlds is going to come in being one of the toughest worlds. Just looking back at Nevin, Charlotte’s Web layout, and Renny Gold, Pro’s are going to have their work cut out for them. I personally can not wait to watch them destroy the courses that beat me down.
If anything I’ve learned from my short time down there is, pin placements are amazing, you have to throw forehand, and everyone is so nice down there! Charlotte you are truly a gem, and I’m envious of this years Worlds players!
Lots of bits and pieces to share with you all.
- Holy wind batman! It’s been pretty windy here in Michigan for the past month. Shooting a -4 at a mixed dubs tourney felt like a major accomplishment. With the wind we had (30-40mph head wind), my 175 Predators were the only driver I could land in the fairways with. I’m getting better at playing in the wind, as I have forced myself to play in it. It’s the only way to learn. I encourage all of you to go hit the field on a windy day. Throw shots into the head wind. Throw shots with the wind right to left, and left to right. Throw some tail wind shots too. If you have a basket you can access, putt in this wind too. Personally, I know that I love tailwind putts. So during the mixed dubs tourney, my partner and I made sure to throw our upshots to a position where we would have a tailwind putt. I was banging putts all day, having pulled the 167 JK Pro Aviars out of my bag and putting 173 Pro Rhynos in my bag. This strategy saved us so many strokes, as I watched other players having to try to make some stiff head wind/ cross wind putts.
- A big shout out is in order to Miles over at Paragon Disc Golf. He put me on Team Paragon this year, and I’m excited to be a part of such an awesome group of players and promoters. Check out Paragon Disc Golf if you need some sweet bag tags or custom tees. Miles does some great work!
- A few weekends ago, I headed out to play the Prairie Open in Kenosha, WI. Carla and Sergio Correa, along with Josh Hamm from WiDye put on an excellent event, and they cater to the ladies. I believe there were 20 plus ladies there (I’m not taking the time to go hunt for stats. My computer and internet is extremely slow, and the Mac is in the shop). For the Pro ladies, we had 11. I made last minute travel plans with my friends Matt and Corri, and off we went. Ace Graphics and Design, out of Dewitt, MI sponsored our gas (thank you!). We got off to a much better start last year. Last year, I drove to the event when I got off work at 11pm, getting to the course just in time for check in. I stopped at Perkins for breakfast, and played terribly after driving through the night (I don’t recommend playing an event if you have to drive 5+ hours and can’t get any sleep in before the event). This year, we got a practice round in, played a private course (thanks Shawn for hosting us and showing us your course), and then relaxed the night before. We woke up feeling good about how our practice rounds went, and were all sitting pretty after our first round. I played a little bipolar disc golf, starting out 2-4p-2-6-3-2-6. I don’t remember the rest of the round, but I eventually did get rid of my major bipolar streak. The second round, I didn’t get as many birdies, but avoided the bipolar golf. I just tried to hit the fairways and throw high percentage lines, which eventually allowed me to edge into 3rd place. Overall, I was happy with how I played. Corri took 3rd in Advanced Women, and Matt cashed in Advanced. All of Michigan (Liz Carr, Pov, Matt, Corri, and I) took money from WI, which was pretty cool.
- I’ve been trying to make lots of time for field work lately. I like to throw the DGA Hurricane for distance, but in order to get max D I torque the disc over (force it out anhyzer, then let it finish hyzer). Dan Beto, a good friend and amazing disc golfer, said it best when I talked to him last night. “You’re torquing…. Again!” I’ve realized that I can’t throw a pure hyzer to save my life. So, I’ve been hitting the field like crazy. Last week, I threw over 120 hyzers in the field. I threw the first 40 just standing, then worked back to a full x-step. I focused on slowing down my steps, and throwing smooth (and with hyzer). For now, I’m taking the Hurricane out of my bag and switching to slower discs (Orcs, Rogues, Roadrunners, Surges). The Hurricane will go back into my bag, but first I need to correct my form. I threw 360’ with my roadrunner, but I’m not consistent yet. Have to work on that, and then when I get the form worked out and consistent, I can put faster discs back in my bag.
- Women’s Disc Golf!!!!!! With the Women’s Global Event coming up, it’s hard not to get excited about disc golf! There are over 170 ladies registered already, and more to come. Last night was the first night of our Capital City Crushers (Trip C’s) ladies league. 23 (TWENTY THREEEEEEE) ladies showed up, including 3 juniors. I love the way Erin Oakley runs the league. We play random doubles each week. Scores are kept, but don’t count. At the end of play, there is a fun mini/ CTP for a prize (disc, shirt, hat, or something of the like). The 3 juniors played in a group together, playing best shot. Their daddy caddies (and uncle caddy) were awesome and made sure that the girls had a blast and kept moving. We had the juniors in front of our group, and some super rude rec guys behind us. The daddy caddies offered to let us play through so that they could deal with the rude people (swearing up a storm at us that we were slow, among other things), but we declined as we would rather listen to them than have the junior girls have to listen to them. We kindly explained that the course was full, and there was nowhere to go. Once they saw me park the hole with my putter, they settled down a little. Guys, if you are on a course and see a bunch of ladies, please think before you open your mouth. Being rude and ignorant will turn some ladies away. We want to grow the sport, and being polite to the ladies is important. Think before you speak, and ask nicely rather than being rude and swearing up a storm.
Ok, that’s it for now. I’ll try to blog more often now so that I don’t bore you with such long posts again.
This was the second year my Fiancee and my buddy and his wife made the trip from Michigan to Bowling Green, Ky for easily one of the biggest Am tournaments of the year. The weather was absolutely amazing! I don’t know if you could of asked for better weather for the end of March. The temps were in the high 70′s to low 80′s the whole time with the wind only being a slight issue on Friday.
HB Clark and his team of volunteers go above and beyond to make sure everyone has a great time down there. The courses are always in pristine shape, no litter, graffiti, manicured fairways, and great baskets as well. If you are on the fence on this tournament please come, you won’t regret it! From the players package to the players party at Wha-bah’s Steakhouse’s with the final 9 located on the property. Most people come for the fly mart on Friday night where vendors and people can sell their merchandise. This year Discraft introduced Titanium plastic, which everyone flocked to. Eric McCabe was there to sign the new Titanium Buzzz SS’s as well.
Most vendors also hosted mini one round C tier tournaments at most of the courses before, as well as some BYOP doubles! Innova also has a longest drive contest that was one by Michigan’s own Tony Mitchell with a throw of 540′. Vibram held a CTP contest using their Ibex mid range for a spot on the test team. Another nice touch down there is if you win your card you receive a special prize. Do yourself a favor and head down next year, you won’t be disappointed! Here is a link to a couple more photo’s from down there.