On August 11 and 12th Greg participated in the 38th annual, 2012 Rochester Flying Disc Open in the amateur division. We had a great weekend attending our first tournament and following the pros as they played the final championship 9-holes at Chili! It is amazing how far and accurate the pros can throw a disc on a difficult course. The Rochester group did a wonderful job organizing and running this tournament. It was professional and you could tell a lot of time and planning went into this event.
This posting is written in sequence of events with pictures and videos of the pros playing the final championship 9-holes at Chili after the amateur portion was completed. Greg played two rounds at Chili on Saturday and one round at Parma on Sunday. Then we finished our Sunday following the top pros!
Below is a picture of Greg, at Chili, waiting for the players meeting to find out what hole he would start at and who is part of his group. It was a shotgun start where each team started at a different hole. On Saturday the pros and the women amateur players were at Parma. Before starting his round, Greg warmed up by stretching, playing a couple of holes, and practicing his putting. Remember before you start a round it is important to warm up by stretching your muscles and throwing a few discs. Never start playing cold or you may strain a muscle!
I loved the different types of bags the players used to carry discs. Some of the carts looked like they were modified from their original purpose. I like the one on the left that has compartmental slots to organize his discs.
A common sight throughout the tournament! A lot of the players brought folding chairs to be used for dual purposes. Sometimes they placed their bag on the chair to make it easier to grab their discs. Other times they used them as a chair while waiting for their turn. It seems whenever I attend a sporting event for the first time I find I am missing something. When we attended our first NHRA drag racing event in Ohio, I wished I had those padded chairs for the hard, metal benches. For the disc golf tournament I wanted a folding chair! I never cared for those small camping chairs but funny how your circumstances change your mind!
This is the ultimate disc golf bag with a backpack strap and neck pad to distribute the weight more evenly. Many of these players were carrying 25 or more discs, water, g-force, energy snacks, and a towel hanging off their bags. Throwing that heavy bag using the traditional strap over one of your shoulders cannot be comfortable or good for your shoulder and neck. Many players were using the backpack strap that can be added to your existing bag.
Once the groups were identified, Greg started his first amateur tournament on hole number 14 at Chili. Below is a picture of Greg’s first throw!
On Sunday Greg played one round at Parma. Each round he played with a different group of men, which was great since he was able to observe different styles of footwork and throwing the disc. At Parma he started at hole number 2.
Can you see the yellow disc in the tree? You can see Greg is placing his marker under the spot where the disc is since that is where he needed to throw from. Trees tend to be a magnet for discs! Greg has retrieved many discs stuck in a tree for me!
In disc golf, you will learn different throws. In some cases you do not want to throw the disc flat because it increases the probability of hitting a tree. In this case Greg needed to throw high and over the trees. And hopefully not land within the trees! It is amazing how nature strategically placed those trees for a disc golf course!
For the tournament, some of the baskets were move to different places. At Parma hole 1 basket was moved next to a pond! Greg had a great shot that went over the pond! He has a floater disc that he uses for those shots in case it lands in the water. The disc floats making it easier for you to retrieve.
I like this picture. All the players are in a group waiting for their turn!
This is hole 17 at Parma. The basket is on top of a hill which can be tricky as the disc sometimes rolls down the hill! This is where having some different discs is important as some will land flat and are less likely to roll.
On Sunday afternoon we were able to follow the pros play the championship 9-holes at Chili. This was an amazing experience to witness such talent! Chili and Parma are considered the most difficult courses in our region. The pros just walked through those courses as if they were basic courses. Even when they got into trouble, they manage to easily correct it and often were able to shoot at par!
There were three groups of players. The first was the amateurs and the last two groups were the pros. Each group had a fan-base following them from hole to hole.
Each group had a person carrying a Pro Open sign with the four players name. Their scores were updated after each hole. We followed the top pros: Ricky Wysocki, Dave Feldberg, Avery Jenkins, and Eric McCabe.
The pros are getting ready for the first shot on hole 1 at Chili.
After they threw their first disc, the crowd followed them to their next shot… including us!
Below is a picture of Avery Jenkins. From his player bio: Avery Jenkins is a touring professional disc golfer embarking on his 11th season playing tournaments throughout the US and abroad. Recognized as one of the longest throwers in the game, he has achieved great success on the PDGA Tour. Currently the 2009 World Champion and ranked 4th in the world, he is considered to be one of the best players in disc golf and continues to be a great ambassador for the sport.
Below is a picture of Eric McCabe. I could not find a bio for him. But my research indicates that Eric turned pro in 2000, and since then he has an impressive collection of titles including the 2010 World Champion, 2009 Mixed Doubles World Champion, and the 2009 Gentlemen’s Club Champion.
Below is a picture of Dave Feldberg. From his wiki page: Dave is an American professional disc golfer from Portland, Oregon. As of the beginning of 2012, he is the third ranked disc golfer in the world. Dave is one of the most successful disc golfers in the sport’s history, having won more unique majors than any other player. As of the end of the 2011 season, he has won a total of 6 different majors, winning the European Open twice.
Below is a picture of Ricky Wysocki. He is newer to the sport and he is 19 years of age. He is the 2010 Amateur World Champion / Junior 19, 2011 PDGA National Champion. Ricky is a talented disc golf player and I believe he has a promising future!
Greg took this great video of the pros at Hole 7.
Greg took this video of the pros putting. They were putting at about 40 feet to make the basket and birdies for each of them!
Three of the pros walking to the next hole. Avery’s caddy is next to him.
Ricky and Avery
This is Avery under a tree. What is amazing is Avery made this difficult shot and kept on track for par. When we get into trouble it costs us points. The pros have a way to correct the problem minimizing any extra points.
This is hole 18 and Wysocki wins the tournament!
The Rochester Club provided a lot of awards from gift cards to trophies for both the amateurs and the pros. Below is part of the ceremony for the top-5 pros. Unfortunately it started to rain and near the end of the video it is a bit hard to hear the pros. But it is still a good video!
I talked with Justin from Community Discs. He was very helpful as he explained the pros and cons of several discs. From that selection, he helped me pick out two discs. I told him I am a beginner and am looking for a distance driver that is easy to use. He recommended the Innova Champion Leopard – the disc on the right. I love this disc and it has become one of my go-to discs since it is easier for me to throw. I am working on my release and follow-through and this disc is definitely helping me. The disc on the left is a mid-range disc and is made from a rubber material that is different from my other discs. This disc will not change in relation to the environment ie., cold, heat. If you are looking for a disc, I recommend you go to his website as he has a great selection of discs.
Please see Part 1 for an introduction to disc golf and my journey as I am learning to play.
Please see Part 2 for more pictures and information on Chili and Parma. Plus a few videos of us playing those courses. Watch me play Parma hole 4, to see a surprise ending! Glad we got that on video!
After a great day of disc golf, how about a Margherita Pizza!!
I like to use the following ingredients:
12 inch thin pizza crust (I use Boboli 12-inch thin crust)
A handful of Basil Leaves
Dried Basil for extra topping, optional
2 Vine-ripe Tomatoes sliced thinly
4 – 5 ounces Mozzarella Cheese, shredded
Kosher Salt and Pepper
2 Tbsp Parmesan cheese
1 – 1 1/2 Tbsp Olive Oil and/or Grapeseed Oil
Assorted herbs such as rosemary, thyme, parsley
You can use basting oil that already has the herbs and spices mixed together.
Preheat the oven to 450°F. Spray pizza pan with non-stick spray. Place pizza crust on the prepared pan. Drizzle the olive oil over the pizza shell. Use a brush to spread it around and make sure to get the edge of the crust! Place the thinly sliced tomatoes across the entire pizza. I like to overlap my tomatoes. Notice the beautiful red color of these tomatoes since they are vine-ripe and freshly picked from our garden!
Add salt and pepper plus your basil. You can tear it in pieces or place it on the pizza whole.