So, this weekend the Copenhagen Open 2008
was played, this year as a PDGA EuroTour A-tier. A generous contribution form the tournament's main sponsor, WellWare, made it possible to invite David Felberg, which in turn probably helped sparked the interest in playing the tournament among the Euro pros even more.
I didn't have the time to be there on Saturday, so instead of playing I was part of the staff arranging the tournament in the days leading up to the tournament.
Thursday, Feldberg held two workshops mainly for the tournament staff. I've probably never met anyone with such a detailed knowledge, insight or methodical approach to technique. What can I say, it certainly gave all of us food for thought and plenty of input for future practice - an awesome and very inspiring experience!!! Friday, Christian Sandström gave a workshop on distance trowing, but unfortunately I wasn't able to attend that one.
Most players had arrived by Friday morning to practise at the course before tournament play on Saturday, and maybe attend play doubles on friday afternoon. The doubles was won by Dave Feldberg and our local hero Karl Johan Nybo scoring a 46 round. Oh, for the record: Par is 62 and av. hole lenght 128m (426ft).
Unfortunately I wasn't able to see any play on Saturday, but at least I could follow the score round by round throughout the day. After the first round on Saturday, the top Open players were Dave Feldberg on 51, Karl Arnby on 53, last years winner Timo Pursio on 54, with Jalle Stoor and Robert Buzasy tied for 4th on 56. KJ, our top local player played a 57, tied for 6th. Not too bad.
After second round, it was still Feldberg in the lead with 106 and Timo Pursio on 108. During second round, KJ had climbed into 3rd with a round scoring 54, totaling 111. 4th and 5th were Karl Arnby on 112 and Mats Öberg on 114. With a view to watching KJ battling it out against Feldberg and Pursio, two of the worlds top players, in great weather on my home course, I decided that eventhough I had to study for the exam on my Masters thesis coming up 2 days later, there were more important things in life than studying, exams and career prospects :o)
Sunday. Great weather. Spring has sprung. Not much of a wind. A relaxing stroll in the park. Watching world class disc golf. Not too bad! Third round starting at 7.15 am. Bugger!!! I somehow managed to get up at 6am to go to the course - luckily I wasn't playing, as some of the players had gotten up as early as 4.30am to get going before the third round! No wonder some of them were a bit grumpy on the first couple of holes ;o)
I followed the leadergroup through the round, shot some photos and basically just enjoyed their showing off of impressive skills. Feldberg continued playing great, this time scoring 50 for the round. Pursio had a less than great round with quite a few boogeys, but still managed to score 55. KJ, being very determined not to fuck it up, shot an impressive round of 52, thus gaining three strokes on Pursio to tie for 2nd place before the semifinals.
The semifinals drew quite a crowd, as only 22 Open players had made the cut for this round. All in the lead group had a decent start, but hole 3 saw KJ tripple-putting himself to a bogey - nooo!!! KJ however managed to stay focused for remainder of the round to remain tied with Pursio for 2nd.
Sooo - finals. By the begining of the finals, Feldberg was 8 throws ahead and more or less out of reach. However, with KJ tied for 2nd with last years winner Timo Pursio the final were still quite nerve-wrecking for the home crowd :o) However, with Timo making a couple of bogeys and KJ shooting 6 birdies in a row, KJ finished 2nd and Pursio 3rd - wuhuuuu, way to go KJ!!!!
Complete results can be found here:
Apart from that, I had a great experience helping out with the tournament. Even though I had only a minor role in the helping out and most of prior to tournament play, is a great to see that the players are really enjoying the tournament and appreciate the effort that the organizers have put into it. I hope that we'll be able to put together an even better tournament next year - see you in 2009!