Love playing in the wind? Well, you missed one heck of a windy [1st] round at the 2008 CO State Championships. I can honestly say I have never played a windier tournament round of golf. To top that off, the course at Palisade River Bend Park was lined and dotted with OB that made the locals cringe. It was so windy that branches the size of trees were ripped from the old cottonwoods along the course. Tournament directors postponed the second round on Saturday to be played on Sunday when more favorable weather was had.
KUDOS to the Grand Valley Disc Golf Club for putting on one great disc golf tournament! Thanks Fritz, Kevin, Jason, Bill, Pete, Scott, Don ... the huge number of GVDGC volunteers that came out to spot and help with the tourney ... GREAT JOB guys! THANKS to all the sponsors, and to the Colorado Disc Sports Association (CDSA donated $1000 cash)! CO players ... join the CDSA in 2009!
Did the wind phase some of the top players in the world? Apparently not. Dave Feldberg proved that skill can overcome the elements, Dave won his second consecutive CO State Championship ... congrats Dave! Valerie Jenkins played amazing and took 1st in the WPO. Peter Shive, well what can I say ... shooting a 72 (9 strokes better than the next player in the division) in the wind and creating a comfortable lead in such conditions is proof that the Senior Grandmaster has amazing control of his game.
I can't say I played my best rounds of golf, but I was fairly consistent and managed to keep tight reign on most of my shots. Mistakes were made, but that's how I learn. I wouldn't/couldn't have done too many things differently.
Putting in the wind was difficult. I'm going to have to spend a little more time practicing on windy days.
The discs I counted on the most for the weekend ... the ROC, and the PIG. I was very impressed with the Pig, and this was the first tournament where I've used one. During the windy first round, the Pig was my disc of choice for most approach/layups, and for putting.
Not having a new "Boss", the Xcaliber did a fine job of making long drives more controllable.
Best fairway driver ... Teebird, for sure. However, my Rocs made tough shots were OB was surrounding the fairway easier to hit. While I watch other players throw drivers that would fly-or-skip gracefully out of bounds, the ROC was consistent and controllable even in the wind.
ALL weekend my bag was set up like this:
2xAviars, 175g, Star Driver and KC Pro 10x
1xPig, 175g, Pro
6xRoc, 180g, KC Pro, DX, CH. Two DX Rocs for risky water shots, one flat top overstable, the other broken in stable.
1xGator, 175g, CH
1xViper, 175g, CH
1xTeebird TL, 175g, CE
1xTeebird, 175g, CH
1xRoadrunner, 175g, Star
1xMonarch, 175g, CH
2xWraith, 175g, Star and Pro
2xDestroyer, 172g, Star
1xXcaliber, 172g, Star
In my division, Grandmasters, the top 5 finishers were:
1.) Peter Shive
2.) Michele Hendler
3.) Don Labor
4.) SK8 Kendrick
5.) John McMullen
We had one of the biggest — if not the biggest — Grandmaster divisions in CO States history (I know ... 12 MPG isn't a lot of guys in other states, but it is here), and payout for the top 6 players.
I had a great time playing with the Grandmasters in our division. It was a blast ... literally!
I thought I would add a note regarding how difficult the course (with brutal conditions on Saturday) was. Dave (Borg) Feldberg, CO State Champion '07, and winner in 2008, shot a PAR 180 for the tournament. That's 5 strokes better than 2nd place (Kale L, 185). You don't see that too often do you? I overheard some really great players saying they were amazed that they cashed in a State Championship with +20 scores ... Saturday had beastly winds, and the course was world class difficulty.