August 16, 2010
Three rounds in three weeks!
As bad as the weather was last week, the weather was near perfect tonight. Some strong winds here and there, but sunny and not too hot. All five of us played in the Finger Lakes Open the day before, so we were all pretty beat.
Thanks to the efforts of a great group of volunteers, the course never looked better. I know they did it for the FLO, but my event benefitted as well. I also took the opportunity to run around before the event and take pictures of every hole. I'm not sure who all the volunteers were, but I'm going to thank Tony, Chad, Pat, Jay Riker and Christian Hanning. I hope I got that about right.
The FLO used some stricter OB, so we used that tonight as well. The hole with the biggest difference was hole #17. There is an imaginary pond to the right of the pin, and OB behind and to the left. It tripped up a lot of people yesterday, and at least one of our contestants tonight.
Lets get to a recap. The Quickfire Challenge was about Accuracy. We started by throwing discs from across the soccer field and into the soccer net. After a few throws from everyone, Pat and Justin scored. They threw off on a mid-range CTP to the #18 basket, and Justin won. That gave him a small cash prize, and the 1/2 stroke advantage going into the round. Would it come into play?
The initial card order was Chad, Justin, Pat, and Brian. Chad and Justin jumped out to an early lead with pars on #1. Pat came back with a birdie on #3, and Brian held tough with a birdie on #8. Chad also took a circle on #3, and Brian and Justin took circles on #4. At the end of 9 holes, there was only a 2-stroke spread. It was Chad at +2, Justin and Brian at +3, and Pat at +4.
Going into the back 9, Pat gained a stroke on #11. Justin lost a stroke on #12. Pat gained another stroke on #13 to tie the leader, Chad. Brian and Justin were tied 2 strokes back. A lot of movement on #15, usually an "easy" hole with lots of pars and some birdies, but here we had a 2, 3, 4, 5, with a couple going pond OB. Justin carded the only duece, and Pat took a bogie, which left Chad in sole possession of 1st place. Pat was the only one to not birdie on #16, so dropped another place to third. Chad and Justin took bogies on #17 which brought 1st, 2nd, and 3rd within 1 stroke of each other.
Hole #18 was a little on the dark side again, but not as bad as last week. Justin and Pat both uncharacteristically yanked drives right and left, and took bogies as a result. Chad took a par, and with a 2 stroke advantage was crowned our first Top Disc champion! Justin and Pat tied for second, and I was about to initiate a playoff. That was, until I was reminded that Justin won the Quickfire, and with his half-stroke advantage, took 2nd place! Woo-hoo, congrats Chad and Justin!!!!! Pat took 3rd place, and Brian took 4th place. Brian threw a couple of double-bogies in the woods which really hurt his chances, but he still finished only 3 stokes out of first.
Congratulations to Chad, our first Top Disc champion!!!!