Category: _Disc Golf
This past weekend I played in the Golden State Classic, a National Tour event. The GSC is the largest tournament in Southern California. I wanted to play in this event because I enjoy the course it is played at, but the entry fee was $132 which I didn't have. Anyhow to make a long story short, Timmy Gill and DiscGolftv.com made it financially possible for me to play in this event.
So I played well, really well, and I placed 15th out of 53. That was good enough to net me $217, which I gladly accepted, which means I can no longer play in any amateur tournaments, but more importantly, I am now a "professional athlete". That's fun to say, so I'll say it again...I'm a professional athlete. Sweet. Anyhow, here are the results if anyone is interested...
Next I'm flying up to Oregon for another huge tournament there. I'm leaving wednesday the 17th and will be competing the 19th, 20th, and 21st. Wish me luck, and hopefully I'll bring home some more $$$$.
So this past weekend I had a tournament at Emerald Isle Disc Golf Course, in Oceanside. And I won. That's right, I got first place. Yep, I took it away. Basically I played better than everyone else. Ok that's enough indulgence.
I have been ill for over a week and almost decided the night before the tournament not to play. But I have missed this event for the past two years and the course in one of my favourite courses in California, so I didn't want to miss my only chance to compete there this year.
Here's the play-by-play:
The tournament is a one day, two round tourney with a final seven for the top three advanced players. My first round I shot a blistering -7 (rated 1043!), which is now the course record for Amatuer competition. On the second round my sickness really started to hit me hard and I almost blacked out a couple times through the round. I was determined to finish the round though and aided by the help of having a golf cart so I didn't have to walk, I completely the round at a horrible +7. This put me at even , but since my first round was so phenomenal I only dropped back one place and was now tied for second. My good friend Kevin Gomez was in first by one stroke and my friend Jon Benefield was tied with me at even. Another good friend of mine, Dustin Pope, shot a great second round and missed making the finals by only one stroke.
So off to the finals were Kevin, Jon, and I. Seven holes to determine first, second, and third place. Kevin screwed up his upshot on hole one bringing all three of us to a tie. The second hole, a long par four over 600', separated the field a bit while Jon through a bad drive and ended up taking a six on the hole, while Kevin and I both burdied the hole carding threes. On to hole three, 350' over a lake, we all took threes while I narrowly missed a birdy putt that hit the basket about an inch low. Hole four Kevin threw a beautiful flex shot to nestle himself five feet from the basket for birdy on the monster 384' hole over the water. My shot was a bit short and behind a tree, and Jon messed up his shot and carded a three. The next hole we all carded threes again. And hole six I threw a really good ace run that somehow didn't go in the basket but I still got the birdy, Kevin took a three. So going into the final hole Kevin and I were tied once again. I stepped up to the pad deciding to throw a safe shot and be happy with a three on the hole. Kevin threw a great low flex shot with his firebird that put him a little over 30' away. When we walked up to our discs I was closer than I thought to the basket, maybe 40' out. I looked at Kevin and commented, "Well Kevin, whoever makes their putt deserves to win." Then I marked my lie, looked at the basket and slammed it in for birdy. "Ok, this is it, Kevin HAS to birdy to stay alive or I win" I said to myself. Kevin setup his lie, took his putt and came up short giving me the victory.
This was one of the most fun tournaments I have had in terms of camaraderie. Kevin, thanks for being such a blast to play with, can't wait for our next tournament together!
For anyone interested, During my tournament last weekend there was a film crew following golfers around and videotaping us while we competed. One of the films has been published on their website and they have been throwing a drive on it. The video is less than two minutes long and I am about 40 seconds into it (right after they show the blue disc that says "Made in Canada"). Hopefully they will take these clips and make a DVD of the event. Anyhow, here's the address, and the video is on the main page and will play automatically with Internet Explorer.
I just got back from my three day tournament in Arizona. I'm exhausted and sore all over. Like I said in my last post, my whole goal for this tournament was to enjoy myself and keep my attitude positive. Evidently when I have a positive attitude, and I am enjoying myself, I also shoot well, freaky! I got 5th place overall in my division. Yeah, that's 5th out of 87, so I am pretty happy.
The competion was pretty tough. After day one, I was tied for first with a really nice guy named Justin Celmer. After day two Justin was up one stroke on me and I was tied for second place with fellow San Diegan Dave Parnell. The final round I had a lot of bad luck with putting and Dave edged past me to tie Celmer. But two people from the card behind us shot really well, so I ended up in 5th place behind a three-way tie for second between Dave, Justin, and someone else. One of the guys on the card behind us took first. All in all, I lost by only two strokes.
I had a wonderful time playing with some good people on two GREAT courses. My girlfriend took 5th place in her division as well! And almost all of the 28 disc golfers representing San Diego placed in the cash! And most important, like I said, I didn't lose my temper even once!
I'm leaving tonight for Arizona to play the Memorial. This is going to be a huge weekend of Disc Golf in the Phoenix area. And I have a new goal for this tournament. Instead of playing well and winning, my goal is to not lose my temper. I have not been doing so well with my temper at tournaments so far this year, and I am going to use this tournament to keep it in check. No cussing, not temper tantrums, no being a jerk. I'm gonna just try to enjoy myself and my surroundings. Hopefully I will do well also, but as long as I don't blow my top, I will consider this tournament a success.
So that's that, not too much else to say. I'm headed out with my good friends Kevin Gomez and Pat Gallaher. I think we are going to have almost 20 San Diegans heading out for this tournament, so kudos on the representation! Yeah, that's it, all I got.
On a completely different note. To everyone of my friends and family, I love you. I have not been feeling very well and have been going through a bit of depression lately, nothing crazy, but enough to make me moody and lifeless. Please be patient with me as I interact with you, I'm not enjoying this anymore than any of you, and I'm sorry if I've treated anyone poorly recently. I really do love and cherish all of you.
This weekend is the Southern California Ice Bowl. Ice Bowl events in disc golf are charity events that happen in January/February each year to raise money for various charitable organizations. Each region in the states has their own Ice Bowl, and there are even Ice Bowls that happen in Europe and Japan.
For the most part, Ice Bowls are just fun tournaments where your entry fee goes to charity, so there are no payouts, just a good time, and maybe a t-shirt.
In Southern California, we have one of the few Ice Bowls that is also a sanctioned event, so our results are tied to our player ratings and profile. So even though we don't get any payouts for our performance, we still get compensated by having the results counting as a true tournament, with player points and ratings.
This year the Ice Bowl is being held at Whittier Narrows Disc Golf Course. It is the only sanctioned event played at this course all year long, so I decided to sign up and make the drive along with a couple other San Diegans up to compete, and donate to charity.
Here is the list of people competing in my division:
Advanced Name PDGA# Current Rating City State Country Ron Brawley 15958 944 Temple City CA USA Justin Bruner Lino Camacho 25165 Yes 919 San Diego CA USA Steve Civitak \Bama\ 15556 937 Temple City CA USA Ryan Eber 28454 Yes Huntington Beach CA USA Roddy Flocken 17498 896 Whittier CA USA Jon Follingstad 13903 Yes 909 North Hollywood CA USA Ryan Gwillim 24321 960 San Diego CA USA Lawrence Halili 19261 Yes 932 Santa Maria CA USA Steven Hines 23876 Yes 936 San Luis Obispo CA USA Chris Lindgren 19951 931 Irvine CA USA Paul McBeth 27523 Yes 917 Huntington Beach CA USA Jason McEwen 19828 Yes 916 Yorba Linda CA USA Adam Nash 28304 Yes 962 San Diego CA USA Tan Nguyen Jeffrey Roberts 22854 858 Fountain Valley CA USA Noah Rodriguez 21215 916 Whittier CA USA Christopher Sandoval 28490 Yes Whittier CA USA
All this is taking place on saturday. This is the first tournament of the year, and I'd love to start out with a win! Wish me luck (or skill preferably).
Found on walkway at Orangevale disc golf course. Photo courtesy of Justin, a friendly local of Orangevale, taken with camera phone.
As I write this I am sitting in the Reno airport at Gate B5 waiting for my flight home to get here from Boise, where it is, of course, delayed. I don't believe I have had a flight in the last two years that hasn't been delayed. It's all this stupid security, they are busy checking my shoes for lexan knives and harassing me about wearing my jacket through the metal detector, my cotton hooded sweatshirt that is. Anyhow, that's enough complaining about the horrific state of our airfare industry, I could make a completely different essay about that, but I'll spare you all for now.
Reno/Tahoe. I will start by saying that I did not expect this place to be so beautiful. At least in terms of the natural surroundings. Reno is on the edge of the Sierras, and right now it is surrounded by beautiful snowy mountains. My reason for coming here is to help my girlfriend, Chris, move to her new home for the next 3 or 4 years. She has moved here to continue her education and obtain her Ph.D from UNR in Environmental Engineering.
We left San Diego wednesday night and drove all the way to Fresno, and stopped there for the night. The next morning we drove up to Sacramento and decided to play a disc golf course there. The course is named Rocklin Disc Golf Course, or something to that effect. It was a very enjoyable course with a fairly modern course design. The holes were challenging, but not difficult, and there were some decently long holes on the course. We only had time for one round because we wanted to get over Donner Pass and into Reno before the manager of Chris's new apartment complex left for the evening (we didn't have a key to the place yet). So, yeah, the course was great, if I find out about any major tournaments happening there, I might come up for one.
After that we drove to Reno, there is another course in a mountain town called Truckee that we were thinking of coming back to play, but when we got to Truckee, there was about 6 feet of snow, we didn't play the course.
Eventually we arrived at the apartment, a bit of snow on the ground, tempurature around 28 degrees or so. We unloaded the rental van, and took it back to the rental company.
Friday morning we planned to go snow shoeing, so after waking up, and falling back to sleep, then waking up again, we finally made our way to REI to rent my snowshoes. Then we made the 40 minute drive to Lake Tahoe and did some snowshoeing. I had no idea how fun and exhaustive this was. At first we broke trail into about 6 feet of snow, and hiked around a bit. I took a couple pictures which I will share when I get them developed. Then we headed to one of the little mountain towns along the lake for some lunch.
I can't remember what all else we did that day, but I think we watched a movie at some point, along with driving around Reno trying to find out where things were. The city is layed out in a bit of a confusing manner with the main street and the main freeway criss crossing 3 or 4 times, it's like a DNA spiral, so when you are on either the freeway or the street, you aren't quite sure where the other is, right or left? We drove the wrong way probably 10 or more times throughout the 4 days we've been here, and the worst part is that we were using a map.
Reno does not have even one disc golf course. So on saturday we decided to go back to Sacramento (2 hour drive) and play more golf. This time we chose Shady Oaks Park, which is located in Orangevale just east of Sacramento. This was one of the most fun courses I have played in a long time. The course was very wooded, but there were plenty of long shots, and the fairways were spectacular. Also there was an indoor pro shop, which for disc golf is a HUGE thing. They had a great selection of discs and equipment, of which I purchased a few things that I've needed for a while. We were able to play a little over two rounds before nightfall. I would definitely put that course in my top 5 for California!
Today, which is sunday, we finally started organizing and setting up Chris's apartment, we went to a couple supermarkets and other stores buying the necessities; soap, detergent, trash bags, etc. <----I know I didn't use that semicolon correctly, and I don't care :p After shopping we went back and started assembling furniture etc. Then went and had lunch.
After lunch, we spent about an hour wardriving trying to find internet access so I could check-in for my flight, and do a few other things. We never found access that would work for more than a couple minutes. So we finally broke down and went to Starbucks, which I HATE. They have WiFi there so, running out of time, we folded and went in. Evidently, Starbucks has a deal with T-Mobile to steal everyone's money. In order to use the Interweb at Starbucks, you have to sign-up for a T-Mobile WiFi account, which costs $6 everytime you log on. Now I am boycotting T-Mobile along with Starbucks. Boo for greed.
Which brings me to my next point. I paid $8 to get a WiFi connection in the airport right now in order to entertain YOU. I'm expecting anyone who actually read this entire post to donate 50 cents to my interweb fund. Email me and I'll hook you up with my paypal information.
Micah and I won the event last weekend. It was alot of fun, and the win was great. The attendance was lower than I was expecting, thus, so was the payout. But I won enough money to pay off some unpaid rent, and also pay back the person that loaned me $50 entry fee to play the event in the first place.
The tournament was at La Mirada Disc Golf Course. It is a very enjoyable 36 hole course. Micah and I shot 26 under par for 36 holes to take the win by 3 strokes. The payout was $400, $200 each.
I knew in the back of my mind that we had to win or I wouldn't be able to pay my rent, I waited until after the win was sealed to tell Micah this small fact. LOL.
Here is a list of what I am doing in November...
Las Vegas Halloween Classic
I decided to do this event last sunday after talking with a friend of mine. My good friend Justin Kerr offered to sponsor me for tournaments that I couldn't afford from time to time. So I pensively said to Justin, "Well...there is a tournament in Las Vegas this weekend?". His response was something to the effect of, "Sure I gotcha, have fun!". I am surrounded my such awesome ppl, and I'm not even aware of it at times. Thanks Justin, you will be recieving some shwag! So anyhow, this tournament is rather large, and it is a Pro Only event. Last years winner cashed $950, and this year is supposed to be bigger. I am still technically an amatuer disc golfer and I have decided to keep my AM status until I cash for over $120 in a pro event, maybe this weekend will be the one? The results will be posted at the PDGA website here in case anyone is interested how I faired. I have looked at the list of registered players and I am definitely one of the lower skilled players at the event, so I am hoping to not get last place.
Morley Field Course Championship
This tournament is effectively the San Diego Disc Golf Championship tournament since there aren't any other dedicated disc golf courses. This tournament is a non-sanctioned event to establish the course champion, and more importantly, is a qualifer to make the San Diego team for the 24th Annual Southwestern Team Disc Golf Invitational. I'm playing to hopefully secure a spot on the S.D. team. This tournament is unsanctioned so if I cash in Open I can keep the money without losing my AM status. HUGE thanks to an anonymous frien of mine for sponsoring me to play this tournament, I had already decided not to play this tournament before Bobby gave me a call to make sure I was playing! Again, I am surrounded by wonderful people!
Southern California Championships
The name is self-explanatory, this is the main tournament for the SoCal Disc Golf Association. This takes place at my favourite Los Angeles course, La Mirada. La Mirada is a beautiful course with 31 holes and lots of long, open shots. I am really excited about this tournament because it really plays to my skill set and I normally score very well here. Also I am playing AM in this tournament, so I should place quite well.
Turkey Shoot Doubles
This event is also at La Mirada, so I'm excited for that reason. But even more than that I'm excited because I have netted Micah Dorius as my partner for the event. Micah is currently ranked 4th in all of California, and the fact that he is agreeing to be my partner blows me away. Also, this is a BIG money event, with each team paying a $100 entry fee, so the payout will be huge, did I mention my partner is one of the best disc golfers in the world? So the possibility of winning some serious cash is definitely there! Wootah!
So yeah, my november is pretty booked up with throwing stuff. Hopefully I will find a little time to eat some turkey.