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Another thanks to Scott and Alexis for the first annual Underpar Open. It was held in Berlin, which is a cute little 9 hole course on the river bed. Scott set up an additional 9 temp holes, allowing us to play two rounds of 18 holes. The course itself is really nice, with lots of interesting landscaping, a nice war memorial... You can tell the locals take good care of it. The river would have been the perfect backdrop to any photograph, and the sun was great! The only real downside is that the Berlin river was a "little" flooded, so we had a lot of discs that were eaten by the water monster. OB became a big challenge at that point, which was nice because the original 9 holes are very open and offer almost no technical challenge for advanced players. (Not being advanced, however, I liked those holes best!)

I think everyone had fun, Scott did a great job with contests that were a blast, as always, a very generous player package, including a disc, a mini, $10 Underpar voucher... Nice discs, also- gotta love the Gateway putters!

The real story of the day for me was one about Karma. The day before the tournament, my husband and I traveled to Berlin to play the original 9 hole course. We also stopped at the Red Arrow course in Oshkosh on our way home, where I took the oppurtunity to throw my new Red 150 champ Sidewinder into the water. I was especially bummed because I had recently thrown my 150 star Sidewinder into the drink at County Park in Oshkosh a week before, and I had that disc backed up for a reason... It's my favorite. Well, my husband happened to be on a card with a boy who recognized my name, and had heard it because he found my disc while swimming. I was so excited, my first thought was to buy that man a beer... my second thought was WTF!?!?! My name and number are clearly listed on this disc. My phone is always on... Would it have been too much effort to call? He actually told my husband that he wasn't going to throw it anyways... I always do my best to find the proper owner of a lost disc. If there isn't a number, I ask locals if they're heard of the name before. If it's a blank disc, I'll keep it around. Those are the discs that I hand out to beginners who are following along with us. (Unless it's a really nice blank disc, then I put my stamp on the back.) I believe in Karma... and I think in this case, my good efforts had paid off. I got my disc back from someone who doesn't return discs. How cool. That's when the story got intersting...

I threw my sidewinder (which ALWAYS flips, unless there's water in the nearby, apparently) for a shot up to the right. It didn't flip this time either, and it landed in the fast rushing river. Lucky me, it landed on a rock, and I went swimming for it. (Not too deep, and I had spotters and girls holding my hands for safety.) I believe I was one of the lucky few who did not drop a disc in the drink. I have learned two important lessons from this event: #1- no matter how well I think I can flip a 150 sidewinder, esp. red, I can't seem to do it near water, so I need to come up with a different MO, and #2- disc Karma wins in the end. Karma brought my husbands champ destroyer back earlier this year when they were still very difficult to get a hold of, and it has brought my favorite sidewinder back as well.

May my good karma rub off on the bunch of discs lost to the waters of Berlin over the weekend!

Thanks again to Scott and Alexis for a great time!

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