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The Atlanta Open @ Central Park and East Roswell Park in Atlanta 4/5/08, 4/6/08

First thing. That was the absolute PIMPEST tourney I have ever been to and I will never miss it as long as I am playing competitive golf. Unfortunately this years tournament was marred by the tragedy of losing one of our brothers. Drew Eberhard who was Rand Eberhard's brother( The TD for the ATL open) was tragically killed on Saturday night on his way home from the players party. Stuff like that helps you appreciate what you do have because too many of us whine about what we don't have and what we wish we had instead of counting the blessings we do have. Even with all of that we were able to enjoy two days of USDGA style Championship Disc golf.
I wasn't really nervous, more like one the edge of my seat going into Central Park on Saturday. Not to mention that they had set up the course USDGC style but there was only one forecast for all day and that was rain. Shit ass rain. The only time it wasn't raining was when since it was only drizzling you could almost convince yourself it was raining. Seriously, it worked. I played solid enough but really did not play up to my potential. I don't know if it was the big environment but Sometimes I tried a little to hard to make the big shot which just got me in more trouble. I also didn't putt as well as I have been. I shorted a lot of my putts and hit a lot of cage. More wrists. I also had some S-T-U-P-I-D O.B. where all I had to do was read the book they gave me and do good hole prep before I played but I didn't and it earned me a Double Circle 7. That was fun. I did make some good shots and I played a lot better the second round once I had a good look at the "Beast" that was Central Park that day. It's part of the reason I can't wait to get chewed up and spit out again next year. I did get to play with one of my best friends in the world Danny Newton in the second round so the fact that I got to enjoy the pain with him made it real special. Also for the first few holes of our second round a camera man asked to follow us around and film us for a video about the tournament and we all played better then. Danny says I'm Hollywood, When the camera's on I turn it up and hot dog for the camera. Maybe thats because I pulled out this SWEET ASS from behind the tree from about 200 Forehand hyzer flip beat up 9x roc that i threw out real hyzer up and it stood up and just started gliding out towards the basket with a real nice slow fade. The basket was tucked back in some tress and my roc had come to rest within 30ft which was really good from where I was a few minutes earlier but unfortunately The cameraman got another shot but it was of me hitting cage instead of cashing that putt. I really needed to make that putt. Oh well lesson learned. I keep saying that but I really would love to write one of these things without Lesson freakin learned.lol. Maybe this weekend At the Solstice tourney At Mastin Lake or even better at our local tourney The Grapevine Classic but we'll see. I did feel confident though because After all that rain and after all the stupids I was in 5th. I was 7 strokes out of the lead but everyone else was within just a couple of strokes and we were going to the woods East Roswell so I was fired up. Cilecia was fired up too because she shot real well on the open course and was only two strokes out of the lead and E. Roswell is a forehanders paradise.
East Roswell is a great course and a lot like "The Sinks" where I play almost every day. We had came down early on Friday to try and get some practice because we knew the tourney would come down to who made the least amount of mistakes in the woods. It was a good plan in theory but unfortunately God had other plans and it rained the whole drive down and when we got there it was still raining. Since we had th whole course to ourselves and all the time in the world we decided to at least walk it. Man you play so much better in your mind when you are walking a course and planning out lines and where to place the safe shots. Like I said after walking the course I felt great going into Sunday but when I got to play there were a lot more trees than I remembered from the practice round. I found em that day though. That was really the difference starting the day. Good lines bad luck and then I started pressing. I just wanted to make a run so bad and I didn't need to if I just played solid and steady they woulda all came back to me. Another freakin lesson learned but seriously I have to get it together an when I wanna drop the hammer not completely loose it. I can't play intermediate golf forever. Par golf. I wanna play birdie golf. Oh well Practice, Practice, Practice, right. Cilecia had a much better day and ended up coming back and winning by 5 strokes and got a big old trophy that was one of the sweetest trophies i've seen. She's putting a lot better and I even got to watch her throw a couple great shots and cash a great 30 footer that she wouldn't have made before. None the less I Love, Love, Love The Atlanta Open and will never miss that tourney again.Well we're off to Huntsville so well see how it works out. Thanks for the read. St

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Tags: Atlanta, Cilecia, Danny, Newton, Open, Shan, Trotter

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