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This last weekend I won the A-Tier Amateur Steady Ed Masters Cup in my town of residence, Santa Cruz, CA. I have won prestigious titles before in the team sport of soccer, but because of the inidividual nature of disc golf, this achievement was especially meaningful. I think I can safely say that I played some of the best consecutive golf rounds ever. The quality of play was mainly the result of this new sense of stillness and quietness that I found on the course. Much of this feeling was defined for me by listening to Deepak Chopra's "Golf for Enlightenment". I recommend to any golfer, whether ball or disc. I also was able to enjoy myself much of the time, being unattached, talking, looking around, noticing birds and plants and things. For the most part I kept to myself and avoided small talk. There was also a lot of visualization. Nearly four days later, I am have now "come down" from the ecstatic state of the win. I returned to the course yesterday and was greeted with smiles and congratulations. The whole time I am fully aware of the danger of all these compliments, an inflated ego. But at the same time I told myself to let the praise in. I deserve it. Well, whatever the case, my play yesterday was horrendous. In hindsight I realized that I was expecting myself to play tournament quality right after a hard day's work as a high school English teacher. It's not going to happen. And the 3 straight days of the tournament pressure really drained me; I didn't have a sustained sense of focus, no drive, no purpose. All the sudden a casual round was quite disorienting. So, I am going to take a 4 day break from the game, cleanse the pallet as they say. Then, I'm going to get my head together and take my first cash payment in the Pro Masters Cup!!!

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